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Domains

The CAFP advisory board has determined that a competent financial crimes professional's expertise includes the following Domains. 

  • Assessment
  • Investigations
  • Reporting
  • Remediation

Please review the CAFP Examination Outline for more specifics.

Study Resources

While ABA recommends these resources as appropriate examination preparation, ABA does not guarantee that you will pass the exam by completing these educational programs or studying these materials alone. The CAFP exam assesses not only your knowledge of the topics on the exam outline, but also your application of that knowledge. You should refer frequently to the CAFP Examination Outline when preparing for the exam. 

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  • Experience

  • Resource

  • Certificates

  • Exam Prep

  • Exam Application

Experience

Required Experience

  • 5 Years Financial Crimes Experience OR
  • 2 years of experience and complete these two ABA certificates: BSA and AML Compliance and Fraud Prevention OR
  • 2 years of experience with a CRCM, CFSSP, CAMS, CFE, CIA or CBAP designation

Resource

Reference Guide to Financial Crimes

This practical resource guides financial crimes professionals to think beyond a traditional “silo mentality” and move towards developing collaborations among Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) departments, fraud investigators, and in-house cybersecurity units to identify suspicious activity.

View the Resource

Certificates

ABA AML and Fraud Certificates

ABA offers two online certificates that provide in-depth training to individuals who need to know more about the types of criminal behavior commonly used against banks.

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Exam Prep

CAFP Exam Online Prep

An interactive, user-friendly online course that allows students to study at their own pace, with access to resources and practice tests modeled after an actual exam.

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Exam Application

Exam Application

When you're ready to apply, double check the eligibility requirements, select your exam date, and submit your application.

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Exam Format, Scoring and Reporting

  • 150 multiple-choice questions (see sample questions)
  • Maximum 3 hour timeframe allowed
  • Calculators will be provided
  • Instant "Pass/Fail" outcome provided for most computer based exams at test sites. Occasionally, instant outcomes are not provided while statistical analysis is conducted.
  • Official score reports delivered via email within 6 weeks after the close of the exam window
  • For full details, read the Certification Exam FAQs

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