Like all credible certifications, the CFCS certification requires that certain eligibility criteria are met. Candidates become eligible to take the CFCS certification exam after they register with ACFCS. They must also submit certain required documentation and have 90 days to submit the supporting documentation after completing and passing the CFCS examination.
The following documentation is required to become eligible for the ACFCS certification:
- Two professional references with contact information and an explanation of their relationship to you.
- Documentation establishing that the candidate has earned at least 40 credits in financial crime and related fields through experience, education, training and professional certifications. The following table explains the eligible categories for credits. Candidates must document these credits before they can earn the CFCS certification.
See below calculator to determine the number of credits you are eligible for.
CFCS Credit Calculator
Complete each line below and press “calculate” to see if you are eligible for CFCS certification. CFCS certification requires you obtain 40 credits from the below options.
* Training (Maximum 25 credits allowed) – ACFCS and other training, including conferences, web seminars, live training, panels, e-learning, internal training, and other education and training, which may be provided by others, may be used for CFCS credits. Only training related to financial crime, anti-money laundering, fraud, corruption, risk management, investigation, compliance, prosecution or regulation may be used for CFCS credits. You must document training credits by either presenting a certificate of attendance for the particular event, including the date and length of the course in hours, or by naming the course, instructor, location, date and time. Internal training should be documented in the same fashion with the signature of the supervisor who conducted the training.
One CFCS credit is equivalent to 60 minutes of continuous training at one event.
Only training in the past three (3) consecutive years prior to submission of the CFCS certification application will be considered.