CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician – Procurement Fraud Investigation

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Event summary

The CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) in procurement fraud is a comprehensive introductory qualification aimed at those working in procurement investigations.

The course will equip investigators with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively tackle procurement fraud. It will also provide an understanding of the law relevant to fraud in general, procurement fraud in particular and other acquisitive crime.


16 Apr 2018 09:30
19 Apr 2018 16:30


TBA Manchester

Standard price

£900.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£810.00 excl VAT

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About this event

In 2015/16, the UK public sector spent a total of £264.7bn on procuring goods and services, accounting for 35% of public sector spending.*

Given the significant sums involved, it is unsurprising that procurement fraud is now widely recognised as a significant risk; it can occur at any point in the supply chain and is often notoriously difficult to detect and measure.

Incidents are also on the rise – the 2016 CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker survey indicated a five-fold increase in the number of cases compared to the previous year.

Our Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) in investigating procurement fraud is a comprehensive introduction to investigating acquisitive crime in the procurement process.

Like our standard Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech), it provides an excellent grounding in fraud investigation skills including investigation planning, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses and suspects, all with a focus on the procurement process.

Using procurement-specific case studies, you will learn about bid rigging, collusion with suppliers, ghost invoicing and other procurement fraud types. You will learn which stages of the process are particularly susceptible to fraud and the routes available with regard to recovering losses and costs.

Course outline

The course will cover:

  • Overview of the civil and criminal justice systems.
  • Overview of the Fraud Act 2006 and other relevant acquisitive crime legislation.
  • Overview of the UK Bribery Act 2010.
  • Types of evidence, elementary ‘rules of evidence’, maintaining probity and exhibits handling.
  • Human rights legislation and the impact on investigations.
  • Compliance with procedural legislation including data protection, whistleblowing and disclosure of investigative material.
  • Witness and suspect interviews and obtaining statements.
  • Fundamentals of managing an investigation.


The ACFTech is accredited by the University of Portsmouth’s Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. It is worth 20 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.

Who is this course aimed at?

The CIPFA ACFTech in investigating procurement fraud is designed for those involved in procurement fraud investigations or who require a greater understanding of this type of fraud.

It is relevant to those in the public, private and third sectors, such as:

  • procurement specialists
  • audit practitioners
  • counter fraud professionals
  • accountants.


You will be assessed via a combination of exams and written assignments. On completion, you will be awarded the title of ‘accredited counter fraud technician’.

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.

To find out more, visit the benefits section of CIPFA's website.

CPD hours

This course carries 43 CPD hours.

Discount for Counter Fraud Centre subscribers

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, please E: to receive 10% off the course fees.

* House of Commons Briefing Paper on Public Procurement 2015 and Procurement Statistical Bulletin 2015/16


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  • / Counter fraud
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