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CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist

Strengthening the public service’s capacity for combatting fraud and corruption at all levels.

About this course 

The CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre has developed the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) qualification to protect the public purse through prevention, detection and recovery of fraud. 

The qualification teaches participants the specialist counter fraud knowledge and skills required for effective end-to-end management of fraud, and why it is so vitally important for organisations within the public sector to take accountability and assist law enforcement in eradicating fraudulent activity to safeguard public funds. 

Featuring case studies drawn from across public bodies, the CIPFA ACFS syllabus has been set by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and focuses on economic crime to enable students to experience practical scenarios while learning counter fraud best practice methodologies.

ACFS courses conducted in Scotland refer specifically to Scottish legislation and sources of law.

Who is it for?

  • Practitioners in the public sector with counter fraud responsibilities.
  • Investigators, investigator managers, supervisors and internal audit staff.

What will you learn?

The programme focuses on: 

  • up-to-date sources of law that set out fraud and other acquisitive crime offences, including theft, bribery and money-laundering
  • current procedural legislation and the legal framework within which fraud must be investigated
  • creating an anti-fraud culture and the implementation of preventative measures
  • the professional investigation of reports of fraud from beginning to end and to a robust evidential standard.

Case study: Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

In May 2018, seven counter fraud professionals from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and West Lothian council became the first in the country to receive the Scotland Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) award – a version of the ACFS qualification specifically tailored by CIPFA for Scottish legislative and legal requirements.

CIPFA membership

On successful completion of the programme, you can apply for CIPFA Affiliate membership. If you’re not already a CIPFA member, this is a great way to access a wealth of resources and networking opportunities.

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In-house delivery

The programme can be delivered in-house at your location, saving you valuable time and money.

This is especially cost-effective for organisations interested in training a number of individuals or whole teams. It also allows us to tailor the course content to your organisation’s unique needs and context.

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£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.

CPD hours

This course carries 200 CPD hours.

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