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Forensic Accounting Certificate Program

Forensic Accounting Certificate

Why is Forensic Accounting important?

The demand for Forensic Accounting is growing. The following trends contribute to this growth:

  • increased scrutiny over how businesses are governed,
  • recent financial reforms, and
  • tightened economic conditions.

Governments and corporations alike have realized the importance of recognizing and predicting fraudulent activities within their domains. Forensic Accountants are key players in rooting out fraud and developing protocols for prevention.

Four Key Forensic Accounting Areas:

  • Fraud Investigations and Forensic Analysis
  • Matrimonial Forensics (Family Law)
  • Economic Damages and Commercial Litigation
  • Business Valuations

Is Forensic Accounting for me?

Forensic Accounting practices protect enterprises from financial and legal risks. Forensic Accountants are key players in the ethical operations of any business or agency. If you enjoy the process of investigation, Forensic Accounting can satisfy your desire to identify issues and find solutions. Training in Forensic Accounting will enhance your participation in driving ethical public and private enterprises.

Calling CPAs!  This program consists of 45 contact hours toward your CPE requirement. Earn your units and prepare to build your client services roster at the same time.

What outcomes will I achieve?

The certification prepares holders to provide forensic accounting services and to increase credibility with clients and within the judicial system. Further, when you have completed Certificate coursework, you'll be prepared to sit for AICPAs industry-recognized Certified in Financial Forensics credential (CFF) exam.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1) Understand the ethical and legal environment and the responsibilities of a Forensic Accountant

2) Demonstrate core Forensic Accounting knowledge

3) Demonstrate an understanding of Forensic Accounting in specific engagement settings including fraud, bankruptcy, digital forensics, matrimonial disputes, financial statement misrepresentation, damages and valuation.

Why Now?

If you're looking at this page, you're already thinking about developing your skills to enhance your career. You may be building a foundation or refining your expertise. Either way, a Certificate in Forensic Accounting can help you reach your goal.

How do I know if I'm qualified for this Program?

This Forensic Accounting Certificate Program builds on your fundamental accounting knowledge.  Accounting practitioners who have completed at least two introductory and two intermediate Accounting courses are welcome. Many CPAs enroll to enhance their services and generate new customers. Many Accountants enroll to enhance their skills and grow their potential in the job market.

How much does it cost?

The fee for each of three modules is $500, for a total cost of $1500, payable up front OR as-you-go. After the introductory module, students may take one or both of the others. A Certificate and 45 CPE hours are awarded upon successful completion of all three modules.

How does the Forensic Accounting Certificate Program work?

Module sequence begins in January and July.  Students will meet in live, synchronous class sessions. This hybrid format provides flexibility to students who are working professionals and value a rigorous learning environment.

NOTE: In Spring semester 2021, CSUSB will be offering all courses via virtual format as a response to the pandemic; however face-to-face interactions will be considered at such time as conditions allow. 

The Certificate coursework embodies three modules delivered during each of Fall and Spring semesters. Weekly meetings via live virtual sessions, readings, exercises and assessments prepare students to earn the certificate. CSUSB uses the Blackboard learning management system. Coursework will be posted in Blackboard for digital access.

The Course follows the curriculum set forth by the AICPA preparation for attaining the CFF (Certification in Forensic Accounting). All students will have access to the AICPA's locked resources for CFF and ABV professionals.

Students will experience rigorous content that prepares them for the fascinating arena of forensic accounting. Real-world examples, exercises to apply learned content, and supplemental case studies provide an array of approaches to access course content.  The course series uses an easy-to-find textbook that students may purchase from any bookseller. Supplemental materials are provided by the course Instructor. 

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Check out this cited article by Kathryn Johnson, your Forensic Accounting Certificate Program Instructor:

Unlocking the Forensic Accounting Career Phenomenon Puzzle

Learn more about skills used by Forensic Accountants, areas of employment, and how earning the CSUSB Forensic Accounting Certificate can position you for career growth.


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