CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist

Aiming to strengthen the public services' capacity for combatting fraud and corruption at all levels.

About the programme

Protecting the public purse through the prevention, detection and recovery of fraud is a constant and ever growing challenge.

To help meet this challenge, the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre has developed the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) qualification, which focuses on economic crime and features case studies drawn from across the public services.

What will I learn?

The programme will take you through the investigation process step by step, using real-time exercises. It will give you the essential skills, knowledge and confidence to manage investigations and to create an anti-fraud culture within your organisation.


Modules are as follows:

  1. principles of legislation for the counter fraud specialist investigator
  2. building the anti-fraud culture
  3. investigation process and case management
  4. investigative interviewing and courtroom skills.

Who is the course aimed at?

This qualification is specifically designed 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. 


The qualification has four modules which are run over 18 days.

Assessment and accreditation

You will be assessed via a combination of exams and written assignments, as well as practical role play exercises and your ability to conduct a real-time investigation.

When you have successfully completed the qualification, you will be accredited by CIPFA and by the University of Portsmouth’s Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. You will also be awarded the title of ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist’.

On completion, you will be included on the Professional Register of Counter Fraud Specialists held by the University of Portsmouth’s Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. To maintain your professional status, you will need to complete 90 hours of CPD training over three years.

The ACFS is worth 60 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.

CIPFA membership

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

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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 E:

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

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


£2,900 +VAT per delegate (open course only).

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

ACFS brochure 2017

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