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Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Pursue a Forensic Accounting Certificate Online or On Campus*

pen, calculator, magnifying glass and documentsAccountants, CPAs, CMAs, and accounting majors could enhance their skills with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting. The certificate combines 18 credits of accounting and criminal justice courses to offer educational experiences you could use to build a foundational knowledge in financial fraud investigation. Coursework for the certificate in forensic accounting offers the opportunity to develop skills for investigative accounting, auditing, and data analysis you could use to pursue a future in fraud examination and related fields.

What Could I Do with a Certificate in Forensic Accounting?

The learning experiences offered in this on-campus* or online forensic accounting certificate program are designed to help you develop skills for applying accounting methods and financial techniques necessary to uncover, solve, and document financial crimes while following the prescribed criminal investigation procedures of relevant law enforcement agencies.  

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting also offers the instructional opportunities students can use to prepare 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:

Post University assists in researching and providing information regarding licensure; however, each state has different requirements for such licensure outside of the required education. Such state requirements may include licensure exams, background checks, certain work experience, and more. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to manage their own licensure process and to ensure that all requirements are met in order for the student to obtain licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body and does not guarantee licensure. Requirements for licensure are subject to change without notice. 

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Industry-Focused Curriculum for Professional Skills

Coursework for your forensic accounting certificate program is designed to help you build the foundation of insights necessary to:

  • Apply accounting methods and financial techniques for fraud detection and prevention
  • Uncover, solve, and document financial crimes
  • Better understand the American Criminal Justice System
  • Use best practices for the prevention and examination of fraud

Benefits of Earning a Forensic Accounting Certificate Online

  • Receive support from a personal Post team of advisors focused on your academic success
  • Learn from industry-experienced professionals in interactive courses
  • No class times or set login times for your online education
  • Online courses emphasize practical application of forensic accounting principles

Earn Your Certificate in Forensic Accounting at Post!

At Post University, we are focused on your success, in and out of the classroom. A student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your online certificate program. We are here to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Are you ready to explore what it takes to use accounting methods to help in the fight against financial crimes and fraud? Contact us to apply for Post University’s forensic accounting certificate program today.

Certificate in Forensic Accounting FAQs

Is Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) a recognized certification?

The CFE is recognized in the industry as evidence of excellence in the forensic accounting profession.

How long does it take to complete the forensic accounting certificate?

The on campus* or online forensic accounting certificate requires 18 credit hours and has a normal completion time of eight months. The program provides instruction in fraud prevention and examination, criminal justice, criminal law, criminal investigation, white-collar crime, and forensic accounting. You also will have the following elective options: accounting information systems, digital forensics, or electronic investigation.

This forensic accounting certificate is not designed to prepare students for an entry level job in forensic accounting. Entry level positions in this field normally require 3–5 years accounting or criminal justice experience. 

“In the accounting program, we strongly believe in the fact that each student is an individual, each one has their own career plan, and we work with them individually to help them meet their goals.”

Richard Dumont, CPA
Program Chair, Accounting

* Note: Students entering the Certificate in Forensic Accounting program are advised that the entire program cannot be completed on the Main Campus. There are classes that must be completed online.

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