CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (CACFT) in Social Housing Fraud

A comprehensive introduction to countering social housing fraud and investigative practice.

About the qualification

Social housing fraud is widely recognised as a growing problem, from right to buy/right to acquire to illegal subletting or the acquisition of social housing tenancy through fraudulent means.

The CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (CACFT) in social housing fraud is a formally accredited qualification. It is a comprehensive introduction, designed to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively tackle social housing fraud. 

The CACFT also provides a solid grounding for those who wish to go on and study the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (CACFS) qualification. It is accredited by the University of Portsmouth's Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board

What will I learn?

The course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to effectively tackle social housing fraud. It covers investigation in both civil and criminal contexts and will also help you understand the routes available with regard to recovering losses and costs.

Course outline

  • investigation and enforcement of social housing fraud through the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, the Fraud Act 2006 and UK Bribery Act 2010
  • the criminal offences and different recovery routes through profit orders
  • powers to require disclosure of information by particular organisations
  • fraud, theft and other dishonesty offences
  • types of evidence, elementary ‘rules of’ and maintaining probity
  • exhibits handling
  • human rights legislation and the impact on investigations
  • compliance with procedural legislation
  • witness interview and obtaining statements
  • suspect interviews
  • report writing and building a case file for prosecution.

Who is this course aimed at?

This qualification is for those working in housing investigations, including those in local government, housing associations and registered social landlords. 

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is run over four days.

Assessment and accreditation

You will be assessed via a combination of exams and written assignments.

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

CACFT is accredited the University of Portsmouth’s Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. 

The CACFT is worth 20 Level 4 credits at a higher education institution, which would count as advanced learning and attract exemptions from the courses offered by the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies and others.

Book your place

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK:

If the courses are fully booked or for more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on T: 020 7543 5801 or by email to E:


£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. Not already subscribed? Find out more online.

CACFT Social Housing Fraud

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