CIPFA Certificate In Investigative Practice


Event summary

CIPFA has established this qualification to provide investigators employed by public sector organisations with the essential legal knowledge, expertise and skills to carry out an investigation professionally and to secure relevant and admissible evidence.

Numerous public sector organisations employ personnel to carry out civil, criminal and regulatory investigations. It is essential that these investigations are carried out to best practice standards.


13 Mar 2018 09:30
22 Jun 2018 16:00


Riddel Hall
185 Stranmilis Road
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Standard price

£3,600.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The classroom training, together with pre- and post-course reading, has been designed to provide delegates with a clear insight into the legal framework within which an investigator should operate.

During the course, delegates will look at the relevant legislation, procedures and rules of evidence that impact on their everyday work. Delegates will learn and apply best practice standards in interviewing, collecting and recording evidence, writing statements or reports, and giving evidence in the witness box.

The training provides a structured development path for personnel with an investigative role, giving them the necessary competencies to carry out their work effectively.

Who should attend

Personnel with a regulatory, investigative, enforcement or prosecution role whose position involves the scrutiny or audit of regulatory matters where evidence of civil breaches or criminal offences may become evident, such as:

  • directors of finance
  • auditors
  • human resources managers
  • benefit fraud investigators
  • monitoring officers
  • standards committee members
  • managers within the police service involved in financial and/or employment investigations and complaints
  • managers undertaking employment investigations including misconduct and complaints
  • managers of financial and regulatory investigations.


The qualification will take a minimum of four months or a maximum of three years to complete.

To successfully complete the certificate, candidates have to complete eight modules. For the eighth and final module, there is a choice of two options.


Delegates undertaking 12 days of classroom-based training and successfully completing the assessments will be accredited with the CIPFA Certificate in Investigative Practice. Delegates who have achieved the certificate are also eligible to claim an additional qualification: the Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice (APCIP), an accredited qualification up to SCQF Level 11. The course modules can also be attended individually, allowing delegates to update knowledge and skills in specific areas.


  • Roles, Responsibilities and Ethics of Investigations – 13 March 2018 
  • Law, Evidence, Procedure and Best Practice – 14 and 15 March 2018 
  • Advanced Statement and Report Writing –  17 April 2018
  • Giving Evidence – Witness Familiarisation – 18 April 2018
  • Advanced Investigative Interviewing – 15 and 16 May 2018 
  • Cognitive interviewing – 17 May 2018 
  • Open Source Internet Investigations – 6 and 7 June 2018
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – 21 June 2018
  • Data Protection Act – 22 June 2018


  • Audit
  • / Counter fraud
  • / Ethics
  • / Governance
  • / Police
  • / Risk management