CPE Self-Study
AICPA CFF Exam Review Course
Specialized Knowledge
Online: 20.0
Provides an in-depth, comprehensive review of the financial forensics body of knowledge to help prepare for the exam.

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Who Will Benefit?

  • Students to seasoned professionals who are interested in obtaining a credential signifying their proficiency in this area.

Key Topics

  • A comprehensive overview of all topics outlined in the CFF Exam's Content Specification Outline (CSO), which serves as the AICPA's forensic services body of knowledge.
  • Helpful test preparation materials, including a bonus copy of the Essentials of Forensic Accounting eBook — an indispensable resource delivering matchless knowledge to practitioners, financial managers and students in understanding the complex elements and factors that impact the forensic accounting practice areas
  • Increased opportunities with elevated forensic accounting skills and credentials to help increase client retention and generate new revenue streams for your firm

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize professional responsibilities and practice management. As in all engagements, CPAs need to be cognizant of the professional standards applicable to forensic matters.
  • Apply fundamental forensic knowledge. The CPA's understanding of the applicable civil and criminal justice systems (or alternative dispute resolution process) is essential to the planning, performance, and reporting of a forensic engagement. While not every forensic engagement will result in litigation, each one should be approached as if it will be presented in court.
  • Apply specialized forensic knowledge. Since each forensic accounting engagement is unique, the forensic accountant must use appropriate specialized forensic knowledge. Topics covered include bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization; electronic data analysis; damages calculations; family law; financial statement misrepresentation; fraud prevention, detection and response; and valuation.

How will this product help you with the work on your desk?

  • This course will assist you in preparation for the CFF credential exam. The course provides a broad overview of the CFF Content Specification Outline and is intended for those with some financial forensic accounting experience. Passing the CFF Exam is one step on the path to earning your CFF credential. Becoming credentialed as a CFF can aid you in positioning yourself as an expert and boost your credibility with clients and the courts.

Get prepared!

AICPA's CFF credential is the most rigorous and prestigious of the financial forensics certifications. If you are preparing for the CFF Exam, this course is for you.

Backed by the resources and collective expertise of forensic accounting professionals associated with the AICPA, this CPE course provides an in-depth, comprehensive review of the financial forensics body of knowledge to help prepare for the exam.

In this self-study course, highly experienced instructors define and explain the disciplined approaches to forensic accounting that lead to a thorough knowledge of the varied specialties. This course addresses the following:

  • Professional responsibilities and practice management
  • Fundamental forensic knowledge, laws, courts, and dispute resolution
  • Specialized forensic knowledge, bankruptcy, insolvency, and reorganization

You'll also get illustrative examples and detailed explanations to ensure you understand this multifaceted area.

Free e-book with purchase.

When you order this course, you will receive a free copy of the Essentials of Forensic Accounting, 2nd edition in eBook format! This eBook will automatically be added to your cart upon purchase of this CFF Exam Review course.

Note: Candidates should not rely solely on this review course to prepare for the CFF Exam. This CPE course is not meant to teach topics to the candidate for the first time. A significant amount of independent reading, study and/or experience will be necessary to prepare for the exam, in addition to taking the review course.

If you are a professor or a CPA sitting for the CFF credential exam and would like to receive an answer key for the end-of-chapter questions contained in the book, please call our service center at 888.777.7077 or email service@aicpa.org.

Learn more about the Forensic and Valuation Services Section.

Ratings and reviews

Anna Maria Cicirello, CFF CPA, CA, CBV, CPA/CFF

Carl Pacini, Ph.D., JD, CPA/CFF

Carl Pacini is an associate professor of accounting at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). He received his Ph.D. in accounting from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a licensed CPA, a Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a member of the Florida Bar. He has published over 75 articles in various academic and practitioner journals.

Chris Rosetti, CPA, CFE, CFF (Video)

George R. Young, Ph.D., CPA, CFE

Michael A. Crain, DBA, CPA/ABV, ASA, CFA, CFE

Michael A. Crain is a member of faculty at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches and is director of FAU’s Center for Forensic Accounting. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at FAU, he was a practicing CPA for over 30 years and spent much of his time in forensic accounting and business valuation. He still consults in forensic accounting and valuation. He is a doctor of business administration (finance) from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester in England. He has been a licensed CPA in Florida since 1984 and holds several certifications in valuation, fraud examination, and financial analysis. He has certifications of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute, Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV┬«) from the AICPA, and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has also received several awards, including the AICPA’s Lawler Award presented by the Journal of Accountancy for best article of the year, AICPA’s Sustained Contribution Award, and has been inducted into the AICPA’s Business Valuation Hall of Fame.

William S Hopwood


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Specialized Knowledge
Basic knowledge of topics covered in the CFF Exam's Content Specification Outline
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