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To apply for recertification, or to learn more about the process, click here to download the CFCS Recertification Handbook.


The financial crime field is in a state of constant change, and financial criminals are always adapting their methods and techniques. As a result, ACFCS requires professionals who hold the Certified Financial Crime Specialist credential to show that they are honing their abilities on an ongoing basis through recertification.

To recertify, Certified Financial Crime Specialists must document 60 continuing education credits over the course of three years, earned through training, education and professional experience, and be a current member at the time of recertification. By recertifying, professionals demonstrate their dedication to high standards in financial crime detection and prevention.

Sixty (60) continuing education (CE) credits must be earned within a three-year cycle following the year of certification, or prior recertification. Please refer to the table below for guidance on applicable continuing education and applied credits.

Full-time experience in fields related to financial crime10 per year30 
Attendance at a conference, workshop, seminar, web seminar, symposium, or education or training session on financial crime topics1 credit per 60 minute hourUnlimited 
Obtaining other professional certifications or licenses within the three-year recertification period (includes CAMS, CFE, CIA, or similar credentials with the connection to the financial crime field5 per certification of license10 
4 credits per year of active CFCS membership4 credits per year12