CIPFA Certificate in Anti-Bribery and Corruption Studies (CABCS)

A unique qualification for practitioners responsible for managing bribery and corruption risks

About the course

Bribery is a major risk for organisations, given the criminal penalties that can be levied under the UK Bribery Act 2010.

The CIPFA Certificate in Anti-Bribery and Corruption Studies (CABCS) is a professional accredited qualification developed by the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre and City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy.

It delivers the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills that employers need from those who are managing their bribery and corruption risks.

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What will I learn?

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand the wider context of bribery and corruption in the UK and abroad
  • recognise the harm to society caused by bribery and corruption
  • understand the risks and consequences of bribery
  • identify and understand relevant legislation in relation to bribery and corruption including the UK Bribery Act 2010
  • recognise risk indicators of bribery and corruption
  • explain the term ‘critical touch point’ and how grooming can occur in bribery cases
  • explain how an organisation can implement adequate procedures to prevent bribery
  • understand how to respond to suspected cases of bribery and corruption
  • review and develop new strategies to counter bribery and corrupt practices.

CPD points

The CABCS carries 105 CPD points.

Who should attend?

  • Experienced counter-fraud and investigation practitioners
  • Audit and finance managers
  • Regulatory compliance specialists
  • Individuals seeking to forge a career in anti-bribery compliance

Course structure

The course takes 15 days, or 105 learning hours, to complete:

  • Four days (28hrs) of pre-course, self-directed learning
  • Three days (21hrs) of classroom learning – delivered by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy
  • Eight days (56hrs) to complete course research project


You will be required to complete:

  • pre-read materials
  • one 1,500 word reflective statement
  • three days of classroom learning
  • one 40 question, multiple-choice knowledge assessment
  • one 3,000 word course research project.
You will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.

Student vetting

As the classroom element of the course is delivered by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Academy, all students will be vetted on application. Download the course brochure for full details. 

CIPFA membership

On successful completion of the CABCS, you will be eligible to become a CIPFA Member and use the designatory letters ‘CIPFA Affil’.

Full details of the member benefits and application form can be found on the CIPFA website.

Book your place

Booking will close two weeks before the start dates below, to make sure delegates have time to complete the pre-course reading and reflective statement.

If you work in the public sector or for a charity, you can book online using the links above or email us at

If you work for the private sector or are self-funded, please email us at


  • Students from the public sector or charities pay £1,295 +VAT
  • Students from the private sector or that are self-funding pay £1,995 +VAT

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees. Not already subscribed? Find out more here

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