CFCS Certification

A credential for progress

CFCS Certification

A credential for progress

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ACFCS is working with professionals that want to make a lifelong impact on their careers. Our mission is to advance your career and to make the world a safer place from financial crime. Join thousands of CFCS-certified professionals globally who have made the commitment to stopping financial crime.

Woman studying to become a Certified Financial Crime Specialist

BENEFITS OF BEING CFCS CERTIFIED

CFCS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Leaders are looking to innovate in their financial crime training and credentialing programs by breaking down silos between teams and driving new initiatives. The CFCS credential is built for this purpose, to support: 

  • Cross-Training - enables institutions to cross-train compliance teams across the spectrum of financial crime. 

  • Information Sharing - improving communication, coordination, and cooperation among different financial crime teams. 

  • Regulatory Response - regulators increasingly expect institutions to have training and credentialing on a full range of financial crime threats. 

  • Enterprise Support – additional benefits to ensure adoption of the certification across organization. 

CFCS FOR INDIVIDUALS

Professionals need to demonstrate knowledge and skills required to effectively manage their responsibilities. The CFCS credential signals to organizations and regulators strong competence to support: 

  • Career Advancement - enables individuals to rise in their careers with a forward-thinking credential. 

  • New Opportunities - opens new avenues in other fields by providing a baseline of skills in multiple financial crime disciplines. 

  • Broader Knowledge and Skills – fulfill job roles more effectively and share actionable insights with relevant departments by learning 12 core areas of financial crime topics in one complete program. 

  • Networking and Community – a global network of credentialed professionals who share a common purpose to build a stronger financial crime community. 

The CFCS credential is based on international best practices and designed to benefit both the public and private sectors. Professionals at the world’s largest financial institutions hold the CFCS credential, along with regulatory agencies, law enforcement and non-financial corporations. There are CFCS-certified individuals in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions.
The certification is designed for any role with financial crime prevention responsibilities, such as:

  • Compliance Officers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Regulators
  • Auditor
  • Analysts
  • Investigators
  • FIU Roles
  • Fraud Risk Roles
  • Cyber Security and Cyber Risk Roles
  • Consultants

Individuals wanting to become CFCS certified must be a member and may purchase the CFCS package at any time.

Prior to scheduling the exam, candidates must submit their application with supporting documentation and demonstrate they meet the 40 CE requirement.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Membership with ACFCS
  • Proof of 40 earned credits

Download the Handbook in the steps below. Not sure if you qualify? We’re here to help. Contact Us.

The CFCS exam covers 12 key content areas and candidates should be prepared for questions on a wide range of topics. Topics covered in the CFCS certification include:

  • AML
  • Compliance Programs
  • International Standards
  • Terrorist Financing
  • Fraud
  • Sanctions
  • Cyber Security
  • Asset Recovery
  • Investigations
  • Tax Evasion
  • Corruption
  • Ethics
  • CFCS EXAM INFO

    The CFCS exam was designed and created by a group of over 60 fincrime thought leaders from a wide range of institutions and regulatory bodies to meet the needs of professionals seeking a holistic understanding of financial crime. The Exam tests your ability to apply core concepts of financial crime into real-world scenarios across AML, Fraud, Risk, Investigations, and more.
  • Exam:

    145-Scenario Based Multiple Choice Questions


    Duration:

    4-Hours


    Passing Score:

    82/125


    Exam Delivery:

    Online or Testing Center Proctored through Kryterion 


HOW TO GET CFCS CERTIFIED?

STEP 1

Purchase

The CFCS package includes a host of study materials including a comprehensive study manual, online course, audio book and more. Please verify eligibility prior to purchase.  

STEP 2

Apply

Check eligibility (pg. 8) and apply. Candidates must complete and submit the CFCS application prior to scheduling their exam.

STEP 3

Prepare

We recommend a minimum of 40-50 hours of preparation time utilizing all the study tools spaced out over a period of several weeks.
STEP 4

Test

Candidates can schedule and sit for their exam from the convenience of their home through the online testing platform.

TWO PATHS TO EXAM PREP

We offer two options for exam prep, Self Study and the Accelerator. Depending on your personal learning style and schedule, you can choose the option best suited to helping you achieve your certification.

For members who have already purchased CFCS, please contact sales at sales@acfcs.org for pricing related to the Accelerator add-on.

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COST AND PRICING OPTIONS

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Self Study

Accelerator

Timeframe to Take Exam

12 months

6 months

Interactive Prep Course

Immerse yourself in our interactive online course that provides a detailed review of the topics and content you’ll find on the exam.

Duration : 11 hours (12 Modules)

Digital Study Manual (PDF)

Prepare for the examination with the study manual that covers the 12 key content areas. The study manual is your primary preparation resource.

Audiobook

Learn on-the-go. The entire manual is narrated by professional voice artists for those who are auditory learners.

Online Question Bank

Identify topics and areas that may require further study. There is no limit to the number of times you can go through the questions.

Expert-Led Training Videos

Review key concepts with our expert-led training videos. From practical examples to expert insight on the 12 key content areas covered on the exam.

Scenario-Based Training

Remote Online Testing

Test Center Testing

9 Week Virtual Classroom

Immersive virtual classes, where industry experts skillfully navigate candidates through exam content offering practical examples, real-life case studies, answering questions and testing their knowledge along the way.

Structured Study Plan

Designed to guide candidates through their learning journey with clarity and focus on the end goal of passing the exam.

Homework Assignments

Developed to challenge candidates through real-world scenarios, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Exam Tips

Valuable tips and strategies for success in preparing for the exam.

Classroom Recordings

A convenient way to review and revisit lessons for continued preparation.

Complimentary Exam Retake

Enjoy the confidence of a complimentary exam retake, our assurance of your path to success.

CFCS Certification for Individual

CFCS Certification, Current ACFCS Member

CFCS Certification + 1-Year ACFCS Membership

CFCS Certification + 3-Year ACFCS Membership

CFCS Certification for Government Employee

CFCS Certification, Current ACFCS Member

CFCS Certification + 1-Year ACFCS Membership

CFCS Certification + 3-Year ACFCS Membership

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See What Certified Financial Crime Specialists Are Saying

"The CFCS tests the skills necessary to fight financial crime. It's comprehensive. Passing it should be considered a mark of high achievement, distinguishing qualified experts in this growing specialty area."

KENNETH E. BARDEN 

(JD, Washington)

"It's a vigorous exam. Anyone passing it should have a great sense of achievement."

DANIEL DWAIN

(CFCS, Official Superior

de Cumplimiento Cidel

Bank & Trust Inc. Nueva York)

"The exam tests one's ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Passing it can be a great asset for professionals in the converging disciplines of financial crime."

MORRIS GUY

(CFCS, Royal Band of

Canada, Montreal)

"The Exam is far-reaching. I love that the questions are scenario based. I recommend it to anyone in the financial crime detection and prevention profession."

BECKI LAPORTE

(CFCS, CAMS Lead Compliance

Trainer, FINRA, Member Regulation

Training, Washington, DC)

"This certification comes at a very ripe time. Professionals can no longer get away with having siloed knowledge. Compliance is all-encompassing and enterprise-driven."

KATYA HIROSE
CFCS, CAMS, CFE, CSAR
Director, Global Risk
& Investigation Practice
FTI Consulting, Los Angeles

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