Career Path of Forensic Accountant

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Mayur Joshi
Mayur Joshi
CA Mayur Joshi is award winning fraud examiner and foremost forensic accountant. He is regularly quoted in various news papers and is author of atleast 7 books on Forensic Accounting, Money Laundering and Compliance.

Forensic Accounting is emerging as the new career option for those who are looking to find some excitement in the commerce stream. Article published in Dainik Bhaskar (Highest Circulated News Paper in India) has explained the career options available to commerce and management students to get into relatively new professional domain of Forensic Accounting.

Career Path of forensic accountant

Forensic Accountants are the experienced auditors, accountants, and investigators of legal and financial documents that are hired to look into possible suspicions of fraudulent activity within a company; or are hired by a company who may just want to prevent fraudulent activities from occurring.

In law matters accounting, auditing and investigative skills used for forensic accounting. In this branch of accounting mainly financial records of a client or firm who trapped in a legal matter is verified and evaluated. There are three main sections – litigation, investigation and solution the dispute. The professionals in these fields are called Forensic accountants. They use professional accounting, law, finance and investigation related techniques to evaluate the validity of any activity. Forensic Accountants are the experienced auditors who protect the accounts of an organization and stop any type of fraud.


For Certified Forensic Accountant it is necessary to be a  student from a recognized institution/university, should have three years professional experience and has passed Certified Forensic Accounting Professional (CFAP) Exams of Indiaforensic Center of Studies with minimum 75% of marks.


In this section the main courses are Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting, Certificate Course in Forensic Accounting Professional, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Expert, Certified Bank Forensic Accounting and Certified Vigilance and Investigation Expert. The Major Institution conducts these courses

1. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.

2. Solapur University, Solapur

3. Indiaforensic, Pune.

Job Opportunities

Forensic Accountants can work in Big Accounting Firms where most of the works are related to the investigation of the merger and sequestration, to participate in specialized audit and other legal assistance, to investigate about the economic crime, tax and even investigate about the terrorist. These professionals have to fulfill their role in the matters of divorce, matter of trade carelessness, investigation of claims and personal injury. These professionals can work with Non –profit organization (Includes government and law implementation agencies), the in States and with those persons who need Forensic accounting services.

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