Erin Marsh of Oklahoma recently became a CFE after attending the Phoenix CFE Exam Review Course last April. In doing so, she managed to accomplish her goal—obtaining the CFE credential. Being a CFE will open up new opportunities for Erin in her position as an auditor, and preparing for and taking the CFE Exam has helped her become more effective when facing new challenges in the audit field. 


Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential? 
Marsh: I received my CFE credential on May 6, 2014.


Coach: You attended the CFE Exam Review Course in Phoenix and following the course you sat for the CFE Exam on-site. Please describe your experience of participating in the 4-day course and then sitting for the exam immediately after. 
Marsh: The CFE Exam Review Course proved to be an invaluable experience for me. I greatly enjoyed the structure of the course, and the instructors were very personable, experienced and knowledgeable. I went through most of the study questions prior to attending the course; however, once I went through the course, I gained a deeper understanding of the concepts and felt very prepared going into the exams each day.


Coach: What did you like the most about the CFE Exam Review Course? 
Marsh: I enjoyed the flexibility of sitting for the exams.


Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession? 
Marsh: The CFE credential will add to my credibility.


Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day? 
Marsh: I usually reviewed what we discussed that day for 30 to 45 minutes following the course before taking the exam.


Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues? 
Marsh: Yes, I will recommend it to my colleagues.


Coach: How did you become passionate about fighting fraud? 
Marsh: When I was little, I loved to put puzzles together and even had puzzle races with my siblings. I always wanted to find a job where I could put puzzles together, and one day it hit me-fraud. Fraud is just like a puzzle; you start out with a couple of pieces and have to investigate the rest to get the full picture.


Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun and what do you find enjoyable about it? 
Marsh: I like to be around family and friends because that is when I am the most relaxed and stress free.


Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs? 
Marsh: Even though the study material seems overwhelming, just take it one day at a time and have confidence in yourself. If I can do it, you can do it.


Coach: Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential.