Certificate in Anti-Bribery and Corruption Studies

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

About the programme

Bribery is damaging to democratic accountability and the efficient running of civil society. It also poses major risks for organisations, given the criminal penalties that can be levied under the UK Bribery Act 2010.

Bribery is an economic crime that is distinct from fraud and which retains its own distinguishing characteristics and features. Employers need assurance that those who are managing their bribery and corruption risks know their subject and are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively perform their role.

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 Economic Crime Academy.

What will I learn?

This unique qualification delivers in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills that, in turn, will provide the appropriate level of assurance that organisations seek when assessing how to manage their bribery and corruption risks.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this 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.

Who is the course aimed at?

The CABCS is aimed at individuals who are responsible for managing their organisation’s bribery and corruption risks and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010.

This includes experienced counter-fraud and investigation practitioners, audit and finance managers and regulatory compliance specialists.

The course is also ideal for those who are seeking to forge a career in anti-bribery compliance and need to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge to prospective employers.


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

Assessment and accreditation

You will be required to complete:

  • pre-course reading
  • 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.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate. 

CIPFA membership

On successful completion of the programme, you will also be awarded one year’s free CIPFA Affiliate membership, giving you access to a wealth of resources and use of the ‘CIPFA Affil’ designation.

To find out more, visit: www.cipfa.org/benefits

When and where?

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

For more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on T: 020 7543 5600 or by E: customerservices@cipfa.org.

For date and location details, please search our counter fraud course calendar.

If no dates are currently scheduled, please contact customerservices@cipfa.org to discuss future dates or having the course delivered in-house.


Students from the public sector/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.

CABCS brochure 2017

PDF 543 KB

Download now