CIPFA's counter fraud qualifications

The global fight against fraud and corruption depends on counter fraud practitioners having the knowledge, skills, experience and resources to combat increasingly sophisticated criminals, here and abroad.

Through the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, we offer the professional qualifications below.

Our Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and Accredited Counter Fraud Technician qualifications are accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.

Get in touch with us on 020 7543 5600 or by email at customerservices@cipfa.org to discuss your training needs.

About the qualification

The CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) is an in-depth professional qualification focusing on economic crime. The investigation process is examined in detail using real-time exercises. It focuses on the essential skills and knowledge needed to manage investigations and to create an organisation-wide anti-fraud culture.

It is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.

Who is it for?

Practitioners in the public services whose work roles are concerned with counter fraud and anti-corruption activities, including investigators, investigator managers and supervisors and internal audit staff.

What will you learn?

  • The law as it applies to fraud in the UK and is delivered in the context of investigations
  • Developing, building and maintaining an anti-fraud culture in your organisation
  • Planning and executing fraud investigations in a proportionate and evidentially sound manner
  • Conducting successful witness and suspect interviews
  • Preparing a prosecution case file in accordance with national standards
  • Confidently give evidence in court

Duration and assessment

The qualification has four week-long modules taught over 18 days. You will be assessed via exams and written assignments, as well as practical role play exercises and your ability to conduct a real-time investigation.

On successful completion, you will be awarded the title of ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist’.

You will also be included on the Professional Register of Counter Fraud Specialists held by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.

Price

£3,600 +VAT per delegate (open course only).

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees.

About the qualification

The CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFT) is a comprehensive introduction to counter fraud work. It covers the impact of fraud in the UK and the civil and criminal justice systems. It focuses on basic fraud investigation skills including investigation planning, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses and suspects.

The qualification is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and we offer two versions – one general version applicable to non-complex fraud investigations in both the public and private sectors and one version tailored specifically for those conducting investigations in the social housing sector.

Who is it for?

Counter fraud personnel tasked with carrying out low value or non-complex investigations or scoping enquiries as a prelude to more in depth investigations. It is also ideal for those considering a career in counter fraud and corruption and are seeking an entry-level qualification to demonstrate a minimum level of professional proficiency.

What will you learn?

  • Overview of the civil and criminal justice systems
  • Overview of the Fraud Act 2006 and other relevant acquisitive crime legislation
  • Overview of the UK Bribery Act 2010
  • Types of evidence, elementary ‘rules of evidence’, maintaining probity and exhibits handling
  • Human rights legislation and the impact on investigations
  • Compliance with procedural legislation including data protection, whistleblowing and disclosure of investigative material
  • Witness and suspect interviews and obtaining statements
  • Fundamentals of managing an investigation
  • Investigation and enforcement of social housing fraud through the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 (social housing version only)

Duration and assessment

The qualification is run over four or five consecutive days (depending on the version you undertake) and is assessed via a written assignment and short written test.

On successful completion, you will be awarded the title of ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Technician’ and can go on to complete the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist qualification.

Price

£1,350 +VAT per delegate (open course only).

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees.

About the qualification

The CIPFA Certificate in Anti-Bribery and Corruption Studies (CABCS) was developed in partnership with the City of London Police's Economic Crime Academy.

It is designed to give employers assurance that those who are managing their bribery and corruption risks know their subject and have the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively perform their role.

Who is it for?

Experienced counter-fraud and investigation practitioners, audit and finance managers, regulatory compliance specialists and individuals seeking to forge a career in anti-bribery compliance.

What will you learn?

  • The wider context of bribery and corruption and the damage they cause
  • The risks and consequences of bribery
  • Relevant legislation including the UK Bribery Act 2010
  • How to recognise risk indicators of bribery and corruption
  • What ‘critical touch point’ means and how grooming can occur in bribery cases
  • How an organisation can implement adequate procedures to prevent bribery
  • How to respond to suspected cases of bribery and corruption
  • Reviewing and developing new strategies to counter bribery and corrupt practices

This qualification carries 105 CPD points.

Duration and assessment

The qualification is taught over 15 consecutive days, which includes three days of classroom learning, delivered by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy.

You will be assessed via a 1,500 word reflective statement, a multiple-choice knowledge assessment and 3,000 word course research project.

Price

  • £1,295 +VAT for public sector or charity employees
  • £1,995 +VAT for private sector employees and self-funded delegates

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees.

About the qualification

The CIPFA Certificate in Fraud Risk Management (CFRM) delivers the in-depth skills and knowledge needed to create an effective risk management framework.

The programme is wide-ranging and explores the principles of Corporate Governance and Risk Management as they relate to fraud risk, control and prevention.

Who is it for?

The qualification builds on the skills of experienced counter fraud specialists, audit professionals and risk and compliance managers.

What will you learn?

  • Fraud risks which public bodies and other organisations face
  • Principles and framework of good corporate governance and where the management of fraud risks sits within this
  • Analysing, scoring and mitigating against inherent and residual fraud risks
  • Concepts of control and assurance
  • How to devise and implement a fraud response plan
  • Full risk management lifecycle
  • Planning and conducting an entity-wide fraud risk assessment 

This qualification carries 105 CPD points.

Duration and assessment

The qualification is taught over 15 consecutive days, which includes three days of classroom learning.

You will be assessed via a 1,500 word reflective statement, a multiple-choice knowledge assessment and 3,000 word course research project.

Price

£1,295 + VAT per delegate (open course only).

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees.