Every board-certified professional with the McAfee Institute has to earn continuing professional’s education (CPE) credits to maintain their M.I. Certifications.

For every online course or certification, you take with the McAfee Institute, you will receive a certificate of completion indicating the title of the program, delivery format, practice area and the number of CPE credits earned. The McAfee Institute is a provider on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors with NASBA. The purpose of requiring ongoing CPE of our certification holders is to ensure our board-certified professionals remain knowledgeable about the current industry developments. CPE requirements can be fulfilled by attending conference calls, seminars, webinars and industry conventions, and through self-study. You have to keep CPE certificates and attendance files and the McAfee Institute may verify the CPE credit compliance at any time.

It is a significant achievement to qualify and study for a board certification with the McAfee Institute. It’s a tough task to complete and one that you should be very proud of upon completion. However, once certification is obtained, you must remain competitive and knowledgeable to bring value to the industry as a leader.

As per the CPE Policies and Guidelines, there are distinct instructions for necessary CPE activities and requirements which you must uphold over the two-year period to your renewal.

There are clear overviews of the various activities that count for CPE credits. Therefore, you must follow proper CPE credit guidelines to accurately calculate your CPE credits. It is important to understand that, to enhance professional development, it is essential to know the types of CPE credits you require and which activities can give you CPE credits on your regular day-to-day performance.

The McAfee Institute requires certified individuals to self-attest every two years (biennial) that they have met the CPE requirements outlined in this document. CPE reporting requirements vary depending on the program in which the professional is certified.

To maintain an active McAfee Institute certification individuals are required to:

  • Obtain and attest to the completion of the required CPE credit hours on a biennial basis.
  • Obtain and attest to at least two hours of ethics biennially.
  • Abide by and attest to their compliance with The McAfee Institute’s Code of Ethics.

Details regarding each of these requirements, as well as hardship exemptions, can be found in the sections below.

To retain your certification, you will have to earn and submit CPE credits during the two year certification period in order to renew.

CECI – 30 CPE Credits
COSINT – 25 CPE Credits
CPCI– 30 CPE Credits
CCIP – 25 CPE Credits
CCII – 20 CPE Credits
SMIA – 15 CPE Credits
CCFI – 20 CPE Credits
CDCI- 25 CPE Credits
CCTA – 25 CPE Credits
CORCI – 20 CPE Credits
CTFI – 25 CPE Credits
WVTS – 18 CPE Credits
CSMIE- 30 CPE Credits
CFHI- 15 CPE Credits
CEFI – 15 CPE Credits
CHTI – 25 CPE Credits

For individuals who hold multiple certifications, the CPE hours earned for attending another board certification may be applied toward their required CPE hours for the first certification earned. In other words, if a practicing individual holds both the CECI and CPCI, and completes 30 hours of training related to fraud and investigations, those hours can be used to satisfy the CPE requirements for both the CECI and CPCI.

More information regarding educational program criteria, how CPE hours are measured, acceptable curriculum, and other activities for which certified individuals can earn CPE hours are provided in the section below on Qualifying CPE Activities.

One of the most common ways certified individuals earn CPE hours is by completing educational programs. In fact, certified individuals may earn all of their required biennial CPE hours by attending such programs.

Therefore, the McAfee Institute has established criteria to ensure that educational programs maintain a high standard of quality. For a CPE program to be deemed acceptable by the McAfee Institute, it must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a formal program of learning that contributes directly to the professional competence of the certified individual.
  • Clearly state program objectives, which specify the level of knowledge the participants should have attained, or the level of competence to be demonstrated upon completion of the program.
  • Clearly state education or experience prerequisites, if appropriate for the program.
  • Be developed by individuals who are qualified in the subject matter and instructional design.
  • Provide current program content.
  • Provide evidence of program completion or participation and the appropriate number of CPE hours earned (e.g., a certificate of completion).

The McAfee Institute recognizes the following professional education and development programs as meeting the aforementioned criteria:

  • Seminars and conferences provided by national, state, or local law enforcement, fraud, loss prevention, or similar investigative or intelligence-based organizations.
  • Technical sessions at meetings of national/federal, state, or local law enforcement, fraud, loss prevention, or similar investigative or intelligence-based chapters (e.g., training provided during a McAfee Institute event).
  • Formal in-house training programs that meet the aforementioned educational program requirements.
  • Relevant industry-specific educational programs provided by other professional organizations or societies.
  • College or university courses enrolled in and passed (credit and noncredit courses with C grade or better) after successful completion of our certification programs are eligible for CPE.
  • Formal correspondence and self-study programs relevant to intelligence and or investigations that meet program criteria, including evidence of completion.

So let’s outline some examples of how this works in the real world and how it applies to you earning CPE credits for these areas.


Read the Entire CPE Policy Here