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.





High school or GED equivalent 
Associate degree or equivalent
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Post Graduate degree: Masters, PhD, Juris Doctor, etc.
Professional Certifications
A qualified certification program must include a minimum of eight hours of professional instruction and passing a certification exam. Examples Include: CPA, CPP, CRCM, CFE, CPE, NASD Series, CAMS and other qualified certifications. You may only claim one certification for the 10 credits.
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Professional Experience
10 credits will be granted for each full year of professional experience up to 3 years maximum. Please enter number of years in the box to the right for each year of your experience. (click calculate button below to see the number of credits earned)  
1 Years
2 Years
3 Years
One credit will be granted for each hour of attendance at a live or online training event on the topic of financial crime (see description below*) up to a maximum of 30 credits.* Most financial crime associations’ credits are accepted such as ABA, ACAMS, ACFE, etc. Contact us, we are happy to confirm if your training is valid. Please enter number of hours in the box to the right for each hour of your experience. (click calculate button below to see the number of credits earned)
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Congratulations, you are pre-qualified for CFCS certification

You are short of the 40-credit prerequisite. Give us a call to discuss options for supplemental training.

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* Training (Maximum 30 credits allowed) – 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.