The PNW Chapter provides an Incentive Award to encourage members to obtain the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) professional certification from the ACFE. Each calendar year (January 1 – December 31) the Board will recognize one associate member who becomes a Certified Fraud Examiner during that year, by granting them an award of not more than $500 to help defray the cost of obtaining the CFE professional designation.
To apply for the PNW Chapter’s Incentive Award Program please follow the guidance from the ACFE for applying, preparing and taking the CFE exam, which includes, but may not be limited to:
In conjunction with the above, please coordinate with the ACFE’s PNW Chapter to
Application Deadline – December 31st (every year)
Incentive Award Program winner will be announced at the Chapter's February Fraud Seminar Meeting the following year.
Incentive Award Program Selection Process
After December 31st, the Chapter Board Officers will determine which applicants are qualified to receive the award. At the February Chapter Fraud Training Seminar, each qualified award applicant's name will be recorded on a piece of paper, all pieces of paper will be placed in a suitable container and mixed. In a random drawing, the President (or next ranking Chapter Officer) will designate a member of the Board Officers to draw the name of the winning applicant. After verification, the Chapter Board Officers will declare this individual to be the winner of the annual Incentive Award Program. The Chapter Treasurer is then authorized to disburse the appropriate amount of funds to the award recipient.
The award recipient does not have to be present to win. However, if the award recipient is present at the February fraud seminar meeting, the President (or next ranking Chapter Officer) of the Chapter Board Officers will make the award presentation during the meeting. If not, the award presentation will be made at a subsequent meeting. Any pictures taken of the award presentation may be published in a subsequent Chapter newsletter.
The Incentive Award program is reserved for those who do NOT already have their CFE professional certification. Anyone who obtained their CFE in previous calendar years is not eligible to apply.
The Chapter Incentive Award will not reimburse more than $500. It will only reimburse personal expenses which have not been and will not be reimbursed from any other source, such as from your employer.
To become an Associate Member of the ACFE please review the requirements on the ACFE Website. To become an Associate Member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACFE please review the requirements on the Membership page.
As an award applicant you must notify the Chapter Board Officers, after January 1, that you have registered to take the CFE Examination, and that you plan to apply for the award after becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner. This declaration of intent should be in writing, either through US Postal mail or through a simple e-mail. Mailing information is provided below.
Attend at least two (2) of the Chapter’s monthly Fraud Training Sessions during the annual Incentive Award Program period (January 1 to December 31). Typically, training sessions are held each month. Attendance can be either before or after taking the actual CFE exam.
When the ACFE notifies you that you passed the CFE Exam, you need to send the following documents to the Chapter Board Officers no later than December 31 within the year you’ve applied:
The copy of the congratulations letter from the ACFE should state that the applicant has passed the CFE Examination, specifying that you have met all ACFE requirements to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and providing your new CFE professional certification number granted by the ACFE. The actual “frameable” certification does not have to be received to be eligible.
Applicants should scan the required Incentive Award Program documents into PDF formatted files and e-mail them to the Board at email@example.com
There are multiple pre-requisites to sit for the CFE examination including an education and experience component, and three reference letters. Although the reference letters are not required immediately, the education and experience requirements may take time to fulfill.
We recommend you review and achieve those requirements before you consider applying for this incentive award.
All applicants are encouraged to prepare for the CFE exam before taking it. This can be accomplished on your own or by any of the methods listed by the ACFE on their website at CFE Exam Preparation.
Applications to take the CFE exam can be done at on the ACFE website How to Earn Your CFE Credential. It is expected that all pre-requisites are completed, including the three letters of reference and education and experience, before applying to take the exam.