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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 55,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. The ACFE exists on six continents, and provides anti-fraud educational materials to over 300 Universities. The ACFE’s official mission statement can be found at

Established on March 31, 1993, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACFE is one of approximately 135 worldwide chapters. The Pacific Northwest Chapter/ACFE consists of approximately 85 highly qualified fraud professionals. Members are accountants, auditors, financial managers, private investigators, educators, and anyone simply interested in joining the anti-fraud battle.

Our Chapter mission is to promote fraud prevention and detection through educational training programs. We continually work to increase our outreach and professional networking at colleges and universities as well as in our community. We also provide the opportunity for at least two college or university students to receive a $500 scholarship each year.

The benefits of belonging to the ACFE and a Chapter include, but are not limited to, networking opportunities, continuing professional education training, mentoring, promoting fraud awareness, and leadership. Additional information about these programs can be found at

Pursuant to the Chapter’s Action Plan, we hold six fraud training events each year which provide a forum for between 31-39 hours of relatively inexpensive CPE for our members. Additional training is also provided directly by the ACFE. See our annual training calendar under the Events link for additional details about specific fraud topics to be presented at Chapter events.

Attending these fraud training events is not only inexpensive, but also an outstanding way to network with your fellow anti-fraud professionals.

The ACFE changed its Continuing Professional Education (CPE) rules for CFEs by adding an ethics training requirement effective January 1, 2010. Implementation of this new requirement starts with the 2011 CPE compliance period. CFEs must now earn 20 hours of CPE per 12-month period. At least ten of these hours must relate directly to the detection and deterrence of fraud, and at least two hours must relate directly to ethics. CFEs are required to certify CPE compliance by the end of their anniversary month either online or by calling the ACFE. Each CFE’s anniversary month is the month in which they renew their membership each year.

For more information about becoming a member of our Chapter, click the Membership link.

Thanks for your interest in the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. We look forward to your future participation in the life and times of the Chapter.

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