Certified Fraud Examiner - CFE
Four-year college bound students who enjoy criminal investigation but do not want to be police officers, may enjoy learning about the CFE Credential.
"CFEs are part accountant, part investigator, part attorney, and part criminologists."
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree; no specific major is required although Accounting and Criminal Justice majors are a plus.
Fraud Examiner skill set includes:
- Understand how fraud is committed and how it can be identified.
- Examine books and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions.
- Interview suspects to obtain information and confessions.
- Write investigative reports, advise others (clients or government officials) as to their findings, and testify at trial.
- Understand the underlying factors that motivate persons to comit fraud.
Certified Fraud Examiners work in government jobs as well as in many different industries. Workers who earn the Certified Fraud Examiner credential are paid "premium" pay in the following jobs:
- External and Internal Auditor
- Forensic Accountant
- Information Systems Auditor
- Management Consultant
- Technical Specialist
- Financial Specialist
- Special Agent
- Private Investigator
- Legal Investigator
- Security Consultant
- Director of Loss Prevention
- Fraud Analyst and Fraud Investigator
- Risk Manager
- Bankruptcy Analyst
- Compliance Officer
Fraud Magazine's list of the Most Scandalous Fraud Cases of 2019: