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Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship

Our Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship is a market-leading programme that delivers innovative, dynamic and relevant training to aspiring counter fraud professionals working in a range of investigative roles. The blended learning approach promotes the development of professional standards, knowledge, skills and behaviours essential in achieving professional competence in the field.

Our Level 4, levy-funded apprenticeship is the most cost effective way for your organisation to access counter fraud training and to boost your fraud defences.

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Our next Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship programme will begin in April 2022. Enrolments will close on 28 February 2022. To start the process or find out more about CIPFA apprenticeships get in touch with our apprenticeships team today:

Additional incentive payments

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. Find out more.

About the apprenticeship

The apprenticeship takes around two years to complete. Learning activity is supported by structured on-the-job training. In addition to live web classes, all apprentices have access to our virtual learning environment, CIPFA Learning, full of online resources to support your journey. Apprentices will also have access to individual learning records, where you can monitor learning outcomes and track your development, ensuring successful progression to the end point assessment.

CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship team will be on hand to provide support to apprentices and employers throughout the course of the programme.


The Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship funding band has been approved at £15,000 to pay for the training of each apprentice. Employers in England can use their apprenticeship levy accounts to fund the training costs of their new and, in some cases, their existing counter fraud employees.

Why choose CIPFA's apprenticeship?

  • potential for two awards: we are an approved training provider for the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB) and so offer the option of taking the well-regarded Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist award in addition to the apprenticeship (please note: ACFS assessment and accreditation cannot be funded by the apprenticeship levy; additional fees apply)
  • a learning experience designed to improve best practice and performance
  • expert tuition delivered by live web classes by CIPFA's experienced and knowledgeable trainers, who are accredited by the CFPAB
  • apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience and relevant professional award
  • we ensure that high-level guidance and support are readily available to both employers and apprentices
  • learners benefit from regular assessments of progress and receive one-to-one support where appropriate
  • we're a proven online training provider and an internationally-recognised centre of excellence

What will the apprenticeship cover?

Apprentices will learn how to:

  • develop professional knowledge of relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • plan investigations and prepare case files
  • differentiate and assess strength of evidence
  • use forensic evidence and forensic services
  • apply the Regulation of Investigation Powers Act 2000
  • take evidential notes and produce witness statements and transcripts
  • gather evidence, applying and adhering to continuity of evidence rules
  • conduct searches such as search of premises, person, business records and digital data
  • correctly identify, classify and handle incoming and outgoing information
  • conduct briefing and de-briefing activities
  • apply the PEACE framework for planning and conducting an interview
  • conduct PACE and CJA compliant interviews
  • recognise and respond to the varying demands of witnesses
  • draft concise reports, briefings, letters, emails and other items of correspondence
  • prepare applications and orders for court
  • comply with the provisions for disclosure
  • understand how, when and why to refer cases internally and/or externally
  • obtain, record and present evidence in court during proceedings
  • be aware of the differences and associated risks in parallel investigations
  • understand fraud from a civil law context
  • work with stakeholders
  • categorise fraud and report outcomes with recommendations

What workplace skills will be developed?

Apprentices will also gain valuable professional skills, including:

  • adoption of the investigative mindset
  • critical thinking
  • leadership and decision making
  • researching and problem solving
  • resistance management
  • ingenuity and persistence
  • understanding and applying professional scepticism
  • effective organisational skills and multi-tasking
  • commitment, conscientiousness and accountability
  • ethics, integrity and impartiality
  • being inquisitive, open-minded and objective, adding value to the organisation
  • demonstrating courage, resilience and flexibility
  • team working and collaboration with stakeholders

Entry requirements

Apprentices without level 2 English and Mathematics (GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C) on entry will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

Prospective apprentices are fully assessed against all of the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the professional standard prior to being accepted for an apprenticeship. Those with prior learning are not automatically precluded but they must meet the conditions of eligibility to enter the programme.

Study modes

Classroom sessions are delivered online by our CFPAB accredited counter fraud trainers. Other study modes include e-learning, workshops, extensive written materials, mini projects, directed self-study and structured workplace tasks and learning activities.


Full time apprentices will typically spend 24 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Further information

Catch up on our webinars

CIPFA's new Level 4 Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship: CIPFA's Head of Counter Fraud Training, Les Dobie and CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship Manager, Heidi Loren de Sousa explore the UK counter fraud landscape and the new apprenticeship.

Tackling public sector fraud from the inside out: CIPFA's Senior Counter Fraud Consultant, Marc McAuley, CIPFA's Counter Fraud Apprenticeship Manager, Heidi Loren de Sousa and special guests discuss how to balance people, culture and financial resourcing in order to create the best possible foundation for preventing fraud.