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.

We recently updated our CFCS Study Manual with a new and improved format, new section on human trafficking, new section on internal fraud, updated sections on fraud in financial reporting and customer due diligence, and much more. – Learn more here

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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



The CFCS Certification Package includes:

  • Newly revised CFCS Exam Preparation Manual – 5th Edition
  • CFCS Online Prep Course
  • Online Practice Exam
  • CFCS Exam Prep Webinar (live – held quarterly)
  • Brand new 11 hour Online Prep Course
  • 1-year ACFCS Membership
  • CFCS Exam

To learn more about updates to the prep materials, please click here. To learn how to prepare for the exam, download our suggested CFCS Study Plan. You can also review our system requirements here

CFCS Certification Package (Private Sector) $1,245
CFCS Certification Package (Government)** $745
Member Pricing: CFCS Certification Package (Private Sector) $995
Member Pricing: CFCS Certification Package (Government)** $600

Existing ACFCS Members – Upgrade your membership to the CFCS Candidate Package by changing your membership during the renewal process. Select the CFCS Candidate Membership from the dropdown on the renewal page and your total at the payment portion of the checkout will automatically be reduced to the pricing above.

*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.

**Applies to select government entities in the US and Canada. Contact sales at 786-530-8231 for other pricing.


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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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