I'm new to the anti-fraud profession. Can I still join the ACFE?
Yes. Whether you're an experienced anti-fraud professional or new to the field, we invite you to join. Associate membership is open to all individuals of high moral character who are interested in the detection, deterrence and prevention of fraud.
Where can I get an application for membership?
download the application PDF or
contact us directly.
What are the different categories of membership?
Associate Membership: open to individuals of all job functions, industries and levels of experience who are interested in the prevention, detection and deterrence of fraud. If you are a professional interested in learning more about fraud, Associate membership provides you with the knowledge, resources and training you need to do your job now and at every stage of your career. Only Associate members are eligible to become Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs).
Learn more about the details and benefits of Associate membership.
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Membership: open to Associate members, including students and educators, who are interested in taking their careers to the next level by earning the standard of professional excellence in the anti-fraud profession. The CFE credential is increasingly being designated as a preferred credential in the hiring practices of businesses, government entities and law enforcement agencies.
Find out more about the CFE credential.
Student Membership*: open to graduate and undergraduate college and university students who have an interest in fraud prevention and detection. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours (or equivalent) and graduate students must be enrolled in at least six semester hours (or equivalent) at an accredited college or university.
Explore Student membership benefits . Enrollment is subject to verification each year.
Educator Membership*: open to individuals who are employed full-time at a college or university and for whom teaching is their primary means of employment. Educator members receive full access to all member benefits, additional training discounts and numerous resources to use in the classroom.
Learn more about Educator membership benefits.
*Educators, students and some international members are offered Electronic membership. Electronic membership provides the same benefits as Standard membership, except ACFE resources are delivered electronically via email and ACFE websites.
Once I join, when can I expect to receive my membership card, welcome packet, Fraud Magazine™ and The Fraud Examiner (member exclusive e-newsletter)?
For Standard members, you will receive your membership card and welcome packet within two weeks, and your first issue of the magazine and e-newsletter within four weeks. Electronic members will receive this information via email and can view issues of Fraud Magazine™
May I pay my membership dues two years at a time?
Yes, simply note on your invoice that you are paying dues in advance.
How do I update my contact information?
You can update your contact information online by logging in with your username and password, then selecting "My Account" and "Edit" in the Contact Information section. You can also contact
Member Services for assistance.
If I change jobs, does my membership "travel" with me?
If your membership is not under the ACFE's Corporate Alliance program, your membership remains with you regardless of employment changes.
Can I transfer my membership to someone else in my company if I leave?
No, ACFE memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
But, participants in the ACFE Corporate Alliance program can transfer their memberships to other individuals in an organization. If your membership is under the Corporate Alliance, your membership belongs to the organization and will end once the organization chooses to end it. However, if you are no longer participating in the program, you have the option to continue your membership with the ACFE.
Are Associate members required to become CFEs?
No. While we encourage every member to continually expand their anti-fraud knowledge, we do not expect, nor require, all of our Associate members to become CFEs. Each member joins the ACFE with different goals and aspirations, and we value all of them.
I don't remember my login information. How can I get my username and password?
Click here to have your login information emailed to you. Remember, we will use the most current email address on file for you. If your email has changed, please contact
Member Services for your login information.