CrFI Certification

Being a Certified Forensic Investigator

Certified Forensic Investigators (CrFIs) are professional fraud investigators who have a combination of experience and education. These elements, coupled with the CrFI examination and a good business sense ensure that when a candidate earns their CrFI designation they will have acquired the competencies that the market demands.


Certified Forensic Investigators are valued for their integrity and expertise.

CrFI members come from a wide variety of public and private sectors. While some may own and operate their own businesses providing services to the public, others may be employed by organizations.

CrFIs may be:

  • Accountants
  • Forensic and investigative accountants
  • Forensic investigators
  • Fraud examiners
  • Human resource specialists
  • Internal auditors
  • Law enforcements
  • Lawyers
  • Loss prevention professionals
  • Private investigators
  • Risk managers
  • Regulators


CrFIs may also provide fraud related training to educational facilities, government and businesses.


The services provided by a CrFI relate to the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud. This may involve, but is not limited to:

  • providing a thorough and complete investigation to sustain or refute allegations of impropriety and subsequently providing testimony related.
  • the audit of business systems to determine the adequacy of controls to detect, prevent and investigate fraud.
Become CrFI

Become a CrFI

Membership in the CrFI is open to those who demonstrate their competency and who continually strive to maintain their proficiency.

Candidates who qualify through academic education and practical experience and who subsequently pass the examination are granted the right to use the Certified Forensic Investigator (CrFI) designation.

Members must remain in good standing and are required to abide by the The Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP) Standards and requirements including ongoing professional development.

An individual who has demonstrated their competency through a combination of education and experience may apply for membership as a Certified Forensic Investigator.  A successful application requires a minimum 60 points based on a combination of education and relevant experience.

Experience in one of the following areas would generally be considered relevant:

  • fraud auditing;
  • forensic & investigative accounting;
  • fraud investigations;
  • commercial crime/law enforcement;
  • other.

One year of post-secondary education or fraud, forensic or law enforcement experience would typically equal five points.

Should you not meet the educational or relevant experience requirements at this point in time, you are encouraged to apply for Affiliation. You would receive many of the benefits including member pricing for events, a discount on the Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP) Fraud manual, and ongoing NewsFlashes and emails of current events and news.


Member Benefits

  • Recognition as the holder of a designation which symbolizes the highest standard of excellence in its field
  • Confirmation of that designation by the association for members in good standing.
  • Educational and networking opportunities.
  • Promotion of your designation via the Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP) website in the CrFI Listing
  • Complimentary access to the current Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP) Fraud Manual – a $200 value.
  • Email updates of events and news.
  • Member pricing for events via member log-in on the Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP) website.

Membership Fees

  • Annual fees, currently $200.
  • Fees are billed annually the month before the anniversary date of membership.
  • Fees are subject to change at any time by the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified Forensic Practitioners (ACFP).
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