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International Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation

One of the world’s leading certified financial crime investigation training programmes, designed for those who wish to increase their knowledge and competency in the professional investigation of financial crime

All CIPFA members are entitled to 10% off the price of this course.

About the programme

The CIPFA International Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation equips you with the knowledge and skills required to lead and manage financial crime investigations in anticipation of legal or other similar proceedings. It's taught by qualified anti-financial crime practitioners, all of whom have extensive experience of financial crime management. The principles and concepts are grounded in good practice gained from real-life experience and research from across the globe, making this programme truly international in both scope and application.

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The course can also be delivered at your location, wherever you are based. This is especially cost effective for organisations interested in training a number of individuals or whole teams. To find out more, contact us:

Case study: National Audit Office of Sri Lanka

In late 2018, a cohort of audit professionals from the National Audit Office of Sri Lanka undertook a specially designed programme that included a three-day foundation-level training course in forensic investigations, followed by the CIPFA International Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation. Click the link below to read about their experience.

What will I learn?

The programme covers the following:

  • Financial crime, motivations and typologies: the drivers of financial crime, offending and the types of financial crime commonly encountered. Plus the international frameworks designed to help counter financial crime.
  • Financial crime investigation standards: internationally-recognised good practice in the investigation of financial crime.
  • Financial crime investigation modelling: how to apply conceptual frameworks to the investigation of financial crime in order to foster better case management.
  • Common rules of evidence: the different types of evidence commonly encountered in a financial crime investigation.
  • Evidence management: the principles of a sound evidence management system, including recording of material and effective note taking.
  • Conducting searches for material and evidence: how to effectively plan and conduct a basic search of premises and/or work spaces for evidence of financial crime.
  • Managing a financial crime investigation: the principles of financial crime investigation case management including risk assessment, objective setting, resourcing, recordable decision making, work-plan, application of the investigative mind-set, appropriate use of technology and quantum verification.
  • Financial crime investigation case study: how to apply acquired practical skills and knowledge to conduct a complex financial crime investigation from first notification through to preliminary reporting of findings.
  • Investigative interviewing and witness statement taking: the correct approach to adopt when conducting investigative interviews of financial crime suspects and how to obtain witness statements in accordance with good practice guidelines.
  • Briefings and reporting findings: how to plan and prepare effective briefings, updates and findings reports in relation to financial crime investigations.
  • Recovering the proceeds of financial crime: how the proceeds of financial crime can be concealed and dissipated and the legal tools and investigative approaches to successful recovery across international borders.

Who is the course aimed at?

It has been designed for:

  • investigators
  • investigation managers
  • auditors
  • inspectors
  • sub-inspectors
  • anti-bribery and corruption compliance officers
  • financial crime compliance officers


The CIPFA International Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation is normally completed over 13 days, which includes eight days classroom learning.

Assessment and accreditation

The course is assessed via an exam at the conclusion of the classroom days, consisting of short answer/multiple choice questions, and a post-course research project based upon the financial crime investigation case-scenario delivered in the classroom. When you have successfully completed the programme, you will receive a formal CIPFA certificate.


The price of the programme varies depending on where it is delivered. Please contact CIPFA to discuss the available options.

All CIPFA members are entitled to 10% off the price of this course.

This course carries 91 CPD hours

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

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