The American Board of Forensic Accounting (ABFA) was established in 1993 and is the oldest forensic accounting board in the United States, teaching the ‘Broad Based Knowledge’ of forensic accounting. Our Certified Forensic Accountant® certification was perceived as one of the most valuable forensic accounting certifications by a group of Independent Experts. The full article may be found here.

Statistics show forensic accountants are one of the highest paid groups of accountants. The ABFA’s programs and courses help expand services to the public, increase revenue streams, build department reputation, save taxpayer dollars, increase public trust, identify waste and inefficiencies, and proactively address fraudulent activities.

The ABFA has developed advanced instructional design methods along with comprehensive learning objectives to enhance competencies and information retention rates. Our courses also qualify for CPE. ABFA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

There are organizations that do not require a written exam and have certified individuals (past or present) based on their self-attestation. The ABFA believes individuals who want to perform forensic accounting services need to have formal forensic accounting education and training, including written examinations, to assess their core competencies. It is increasingly commonplace for attorneys to ask expert witnesses if they had to take a written exam to receive their credential(s). We expect this question to be asked by more professionals in the foreseeable future.

We offer mentoring and will research selected topics for our members. We are here to support your educational and career goals. We have programs and courses for CPAs, accountants, auditors, governmental accountants, and academics.