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About the Forensic Accountant Accreditation

The Forensic Accountant Accreditation is a benchmark for experienced forensic accountants and offers a number of benefits for you.


  • The accreditation provides a clear career path and benchmark for aspiring professionals in this specialism.
  • Instil confidence in your clients that you have the skills they need, illustrated via the Examination of Experience.
  • Receive accreditation by an independent body, ICAEW.
  • Appear on an online register, so potential clients can easily find and contact you.

What is the Forensic Accountant Accreditation?

The Forensic Accountant Accreditation is a benchmark for experienced forensic accountants. Following an internal review and consultation with the Forensic & Expert Witness Community, it has been decided to close the scheme to new applicants with immediate effect. The register will be maintained for current holders, although an annual fee will no longer be charged for this.

If you wish to remain on the register, we recommend that you maintain up-to-date knowledge through membership of the Forensic & Expert Witness Community. Alternatively, should you wish to be removed from the register or if you have any further questions, please contact +44(0)1908 248 250 or email forensicaccreditation@icaew.com.

Those who have applied but who have yet to be credited will have two further opportunities for submission. The first submission period runs until 29 February 2016 with a further window closing on 31 August 2016.

Forensic Accountant Accreditation at a glance 

Level  Advanced 
Entry requirements 
  • be a current qualified member of ICAEW, ICAS, ICAI, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, CICA (Canada), ICAA (Australia), ICANZ (New Zealand), SAICA (South Africa), ICAZ (Zimbabwe), ICAI (India), ICAP (Pakistan), MICPA (Malaysia), CICPA (China) or HKICPA (Hong Kong)
  • have gained membership of one of the above professional bodies through the normal examination and training route. We cannot accept membership granted through mutual recognition, a reciprocity agreement, full credit for prior learning/exemption scheme or any other similar scheme with another accounting body
  • provide us with a letter from your current professional body confirming your good standing and compliance with their CPD requirements
  • confirm that there are no outstanding complaints against you and that you know of no ethical or other reason why you should not be admitted to the scheme 
How to apply The scheme is closed to new applicants.