Certification Overview

About Certification

Whether it’s cyber fraudsters or human traffickers, corrupt officials or tax evaders, financial crime professionals are facing a wider and more complex landscape of risks and threats than ever before. The Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) credential is the only certification to respond to this need for professionals with diverse skills and broad-based knowledge across the financial crime spectrum.

The exam was constructed with the help of 50 experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. This produces a neutral, legally defensible professional certification examination and program.


Exam Construction

The exam is constructed with the help of financial crime experts under the strict auspices of a psychometric firm and a worldwide survey. Learn More

Exam Topics

CFCS exam topics include: AML, sanctions, asset recovery, investigations, cybersecurity, fraud, corruption, terrorist financing and more. Learn More


Certification eligibility requires a specific amount of credits with documentation and references for professional experience, education and training. Learn More


Certified Financial Crime Specialist are required to earn qualifying continuing education credits through experience, training and education. Learn More


Learn more about CFCS Certification and view frequently asked questions including details on eligibility, recertification, expired certifications and more. View FAQs

Find a Testing Center

The CFCS exam is available year-round at nearly 850 Kryterion Testing Centers around the world.Find a Testing Center Near You

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The CFCS Certification Package includes the CFCS Exam Preparation Manual, the CFCS Exam Prep Webinar (live – held quarterly), the Online Prep Course, 1-year ACFCS Membership and the exam itself.

CFCS Certification Package (Professional) $1,695
CFCS Certification Package (Government) $1,345

*Please note that while the CFCS Study Manual and examination are available in Arabic, the online prep course and CFCS orientation materials are presented in English. In addition, exam scheduling instructions and any communications with customer support will be presented in English. As a result, it is highly recommended that CFCS candidates possess at least an intermediate level of proficiency in written English-language communication.

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Download The CFCS Certification Brochure

Download the CFCS Brochure now to learn more about getting certified. The CFCS Brochure includes information on:

  • The Certification Structure
  • What the Exam Covers
  • Certification Pricing
  • Recertification

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