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Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Uncover a New Career with a Forensic Accounting Certificate 

pen, calculator, magnifying glass and documentsThis program is offered on campus and online.

Are you a current accounting student thinking about having a career as a fraud examiner when you graduate? Or are you a seasoned accounting professional looking for some more exciting work?  Perhaps you’ve thought about applying your accounting knowledge to helping law enforcement fight fraud, but you didn’t know how to break through?  If you answered yes to any of these then let the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University help you with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting. The coursework can also help you prepare for the CFE Exam necessary to become a Certified Fraud Examiner. With a Forensic Accounting Certification, you will stand out among others when seeking employment as a fraud examiner in the public, private, or government sectors.  

Program Highlights

Accountant’s, CPA’s, CMA’s, and Accounting majors can enhance their career opportunities with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting program. The certificate combines 18 credits of accounting and criminal justice courses which build a foundational knowledge in financial fraud investigation. In the course of your studies, you’ll review and analyze real-world case studies related to fraud prevention, detection, deterrence, and investigation.  

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting can help prepare students for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination. There are other requirements to earning this credential; learn about them on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners website: https://www.acfe.com/become-cfe-qualifications.aspx

Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Post University does not guarantee licensure. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following table shows whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license: 

 

Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.

 

What can you do with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting?

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to apply accounting methods and financial techniques necessary to uncover, solve and document financial crimes while following prescribed criminal investigation procedures. Your education will give you the tools you need to pursue forensic accounting positions such as an auditor, tax examiner, or investigator with law firms, financial consulting agencies, accounting groups, government departments, and more. 

 

Advance Your Forensic Accounting Career

Get to the bottom of financial scandals while you work your way to the top of your career. Contact us today to apply for our Forensic Accounting Certificate online. Learn more about how Post University makes education personal with one-on-one academic advising and flexible class options to fit your needs. 

FAQs

How do I get certified in forensic accounting?

Are you currently an accountant, CPA, or CMA or hold a bachelors or masters degree in accounting or business? Then a Certificate in Forensic Accounting will help you prepare for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam and also added skills for your current position. If you hold a degree in accounting or criminal justice, once you graduate you’re ready to start pursuing specific credentials like:

Certified Public Accountant – Certification requirements vary by state

Certified Fraud Examiner – Exam requirements are based on a points system; visit ACFE for more information

Certified Forensic Accountant – Exam requirements include currently holding a current CPA license, 2 years of professional experience, and more. Visit ABFA for more requirements.

Careers can include auditor, family, bankruptcy, or corporate law firm investigator, financial consultant, tax examiner, and more.

Is CFE a good certification?

Yes! Furthering your education in accounting is a great step to take in your career and the Certificate in Forensic Accounting helps prepare students to take the Certified Fraud Examiner examination. On top of that, the CFE is a globally recognized certification making it a valuable certification to have for companies worldwide. 

*The Certificate in Forensic Accounting is designed to prepare students for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination. There are other requirements to earning this credential; learn about them on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners website: https://www.acfe.com/become-cfe-qualifications.aspx   

Who can become a forensic accountant?

If you are a current accounting student or an accounting professional thinking of moving into the exciting world of forensics, you’re a great candidate to become a forensic accountant. 

You will need at least a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting or finance and have expertise in accounting fraud prevention, detection, deterrence, and investigation. The Certificate in Forensic Accounting at Post helps students prepare for the CFE exam to earn certification. 

How long does it take to become a forensic accountant?

The forensic accounting certificate has a normal completion time of eight months and 18 required credit hours. It’s offered online and where you gain skills in fraud prevention and examination, criminal justice, criminal law or investigation, white-collar crimes, and forensic accounting. You also will have the following elective options: accounting information systems, digital forensics, or electronic investigation.

This certificate is not designed to prepare students for an entry level job in Forensic Accounting.  Entry level positions in this field normally requires 3 – 5 years accounting or criminal justice experience.  Having the Forensic Accounting Certificate could enhance opportunities at that point in your career. 

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