more-arw search

Q&A Forum

How do I get into Forensic Accounting?

Hello. I am looking for some advice with respect to pivoting my career slightly. My first degree was in criminology and later I got an accounting degree. I am a CPA and a CGMA and was in audit at a Big Four firm for 4 years before leaving to go to industry which I have been in for 1.5 years. I am now realizing that I miss public accounting but I would like to get into the forensic side of things now in an effort to merge my two degrees. I have thought about taking the CFE exam while I am not working public accounting hours but I am unsure if that is the right approach.

I am also wondering if this move would mean I would need to completely start over or if I would be able to jump in at a senior associate level (which is where I was when I left) even though I don't have the forensic experience at this point. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


(TTI Holdings Inc) |

I am also curious to hear about professionals getting started in this specialty. I have passed the CFF Exam, and need to secure a position to get the experience required to claim the credential.
On the one hand, statistics show fraud is ever increasing, so litigation support and fraud investigation are growing fields. But I have also heard that public accounting firms definitely can't survive on this type of work, so I am unsure of the current demand (and pay level) for these skills, if one isn't already an established professional.


Get Free Membership

By signing up, you will receive emails from Proformative regarding Proformative programs, events, community news and activity. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact Us.

Business Exchange

Browse the Business Exchange to find information, resources and peer reviews to help you select the right solution for your business.

Learn more

Contribute to Community

If you’re interested in learning more about contributing to your Proformative community, we have many ways for you to get involved. Please email to learn more about becoming a speaker or contributing to the blogs/Q&A Forum.