Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship

Building on CIPFA’s reputation of championing excellence in public finance management, we now offer the CIPFA Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship (CFIA).

The new level 4 course is expected to start in April 2021, and we are now taking expressions of interest. Please email CIPFA’s Counter Fraud Apprenticeship team and we’ll keep you updated as details are finalised:

About the apprenticeship

At CIPFA, we are committed to delivering education and lifelong learning of the highest quality. This is a market-leading programme that will deliver innovative, dynamic and relevant training to aspiring counter fraud professionals working in a range of investigative roles across the public sector. 

The programme will incorporate a blended learning approach which promotes the development of professional standards, knowledge, skills and behaviours essential in achieving professional competence in the field.

The apprenticeship will take around two years to complete and learning activity is supported by structured on-the-job training. In addition to live web classes, all apprentices will have access to our virtual learning environment, CIPFA Learning where they will find online resources to support their journey.

Apprentices will also have access to their Individual Learning Record, where they can monitor their learning outcomes and track their development, thus 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?

  • Two awards in one – CIPFA is an approved training provider for the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB) and is therefore able to offer the well-regarded Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist award in addition to the apprenticeship award.
  • We offer a learning experience which is designed to improve best practice and performance.
  • Expert tuition will be delivered by live web classes taught by CIPFA’s experienced and knowledgeable trainers formally accredited by the CFPAB.
  • Apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience and a relevant professional award to build a solid foundation for a career in counter fraud investigation.
  • CIPFA ensures that high-level guidance and support are readily available to both employers and apprentices. We will regularly assess learners’ progress and provide 1-2-1 support where appropriate.
  • The course is a means of direct entry into the Government Counter Fraud Profession utilising a practical work-based approach to training.
  • We are 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
  • understand, differentiate and assess strength of evidence
  • understand and utilise forensic evidence and forensic services
  • understand and 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 the witness
  • draft concise reports, briefings, letters, e-mails 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
  • work with stakeholders
  • categorise fraud and report the outcome with recommendations.

What workplace skills will be developed?

Apprentices will also gain valuable workplace skills and behavioural techniques, 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
  • ethics and integrity
  • team working and collaboration with stakeholders.

Entry requirements

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

Study modes

The classroom sessions will be 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.


The apprenticeship will take approximately 24 months to complete (apprentices may be exempted from completing some modules, based on prior learning).

National Apprenticeship Service

CIPFA is working with the Department of Education’s National Apprenticeship Service to bring our employer partners the latest information and news on apprenticeships. Further details on becoming an apprenticeship employer and guidance is available here: visit the GOV.UK website