Certificate in investigative practice

Ensuring that civil, criminal and regulatory investigations are carried out to best practice standards

About the programme

This qualification will give you the essential legal knowledge, expertise and skills to carry out an investigation of any kind in a professional manner and to secure relevant and admissible evidence.

If you are particularly interested in counter fraud investigations, find out more about our CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist and Accredited Counter Fraud Technician qualifications.

Each of the programme modules listed below are also offered as short one or two day courses, allowing you to update skills in specific areas without needing to complete the full qualification. You can search for these by name on the main training page.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • gain a clear insight into the legal framework within which an investigator should operate
  • learn and apply best practice standards in interviewing, collecting and recording evidence, writing statements and giving evidence in the witness box.


1. Roles, responsibilities and ethics of investigations (one day)
2. Law, evidence, procedure and best practice (two days)
3. Advanced statement/ report writing and giving evidence (two days)
4. Investigative interviewing (two days)
5. Cognitive interviewing (one day)
6. Open Source Internet Investigations (two days)

Candidates choose one of the following three modules

  • Regulation of Investigatory Power Acts/ Data Protection Act (two days)
  • (optional) collecting electronic and digital evidence or (two days)
  • (optional) employment investigations (two days).

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is ideal if you carry out investigations as part of your role. For example, if you are a finance director, human resource manager, monitoring officer, senior auditor, senior health and safety, environmental health and trading standards investigator, standards committee member or a senior manager involved in financial, employment, misconduct and regulatory investigations and complaints.

Duration and mode of delivery

The programme consists of six mandatory modules and one optional module. It is delivered over four to six months (depending on which optional modules taken) and a total of 12 classroom days.

Assessment and accreditation

You will undertake classroom-based training and post-course written assessments.

On successful completion, you will be accredited with the CIPFA Certificate in Investigative Practice Qualification and BTEC Level 7 Qualifications.

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 020 7543 5600 or by email to customerservices@cipfa.org.

For date and location details, please search our accredited training calendar.

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


£3,600 +VAT

CPD Hours

Up to 84.


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