CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech)

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Event summary

The CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) is a comprehensive introduction to counter fraud. It examines the impact of fraud in the UK and includes an overview of the civil and criminal justice systems.

It is ideal for counter fraud technicians or analysts, desk based investigators and for anyone in a position to spot fraud at an early stage.


28 Oct 2019 09:30
01 Nov 2019 16:30


Novotel Leeds Hotel
4 Whitehall Quay
West Yorkshire
[See map]

Standard price

£1,300.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£1,170.00 excl VAT

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About this event

To help protect the public purse through the prevention, detection and recovery of fraud, the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre has developed the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) qualification.

The course focuses on fraud awareness, how to gather evidence and how to obtain information without prejudicing any later investigation. It also provides a solid grounding for those who wish to go on and study the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) qualification.


The qualification is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board. On completion, you will be awarded the title of ‘accredited counter fraud technician’.

The ACFTech 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 should attend?

This qualification is ideal for counter fraud technicians or analysts, desk based investigators and for anyone in a position to spot fraud at an early stage. It is also ideal for those considering a career in counter fraud.

Course outline

The course will cover:

  • relevant criminal legislation
  • criminal offences including false accounting, false instruments and theft
  • accessing communications data for investigations
  • open source internet investigations
  • case building
  • court skills and giving evidence in court
  • types of evidence, basic rules and maintaining probity
  • data protection principles and exemptions
  • statement writing
  • exhibits and how to handle them.


Candidates will be assessed via a combination of exams and written assignments.

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.

Discount for subscribers

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, please E: to receive a 10% discount.


  • Counter fraud
  • / Risk management