Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS)

Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS)


The Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist learning programme will equip you, the counter fraud professional, with the skills and understanding to effectively prevent, detect and investigate fraud. The Cifas Fraud and Cyber Academy has been approved to deliver the ACFS and teaches a unique module Understanding Fraud and Fraudsters. The programme itself is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB) and has been approved by Northumbria University. 

Course Module Details


The programme is designed primarily for those undertaking investigations to a criminal standard, including undertaking interviews under caution, and therefore targeted at the public sector. If you are a not a public sector professional, we recommend you explore our Professional Certificates in Fraud Prevention and Fraud Investigation, which are developed with and designed for the corporate and private sectors. 

You will learn how to:

  1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of a counter fraud specialist.
  1. Understand of fraud and fraudsters, the common types of fraud, fraud indicators and the theories that explain the motivation for the fraudster. ***Unique to Cifas***
  1. Recognise the importance of having an effective counter fraud culture and be able to design counter fraud strategies to protect an organisation from the threat of fraud.
  1. Understanding of the criminal legislation relevant to fraud and associated offending.
  1. Understand the generic legislation that underpins investigations.
  1. Understand the relevant legislation and procedures that impact on both the civil and criminal investigative process.
  1. Recognise the intelligence gathering requirements, plan and undertake a fraud investigation in line with legislation and best practice.
  1. Plan and undertake an effective investigative interview.
  1. Analyse the requirements to produce a comprehensive case report and prepare a prosecution file.
  1. Understand court, civil and disciplinary hearings in England and Wales and identify the requirements to prepare and give evidence.

Entry Requirements


The programme is designed primarily for those undertaking investigations to a criminal standard, including undertaking interviews under caution, and therefore targeted at the public sector. If you are a not a public sector professional, we recommend you explore our Professional Certificates in Fraud Prevention and Fraud Investigation, which are developed with and designed for the corporate and private sectors.

Schedule & Teaching


The Academy is committed to flexible study and learning. Modules are delivered online, and our innovative learning management system Moodle allows learners to log in 24/7, from any device, to access resources and teaching and submit assignments. 

Each module of the ACFS is taught in one or two day blocks (with one exception of four days). Each day starts at 9.30am and ends at 4pm, with a 45 minute lunch break. There are approximately 15 teaching days in total, spread over five months.  

Week

Day

Day

Date

Time

GLH

Topic

Week 1

Day 1

Wednesday

4/27/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 1: Introduction, Role and Responsibilities of a Fraud Investigator

 

Day 2

Thursday

4/28/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 2: Understanding Fraud & Fraudsters (Unique)

 

Day 3

Friday

4/29/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 3: Developing Counter Fraud Strategies

1 week break: w/c 02/05/22

Week 2

Day 1

Wednesday

5/11/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 4: Days Fraud and Financial Crime Offences (Day 1)

Day 2

Thursday

5/12/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 4: Days Fraud and Financial Crime Offences (Day 2)

1 week break: w/c 15/05/22

Week 3

Day 1

Tuesday

5/31/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 5: Generic Underpinning Legislation

Day 2

Wednesday

6/1/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 6: Criminal Procedure Legislation

2 weeks break: w/c  29/05/22, w/c 05/06/22

Week 4

Day 1

Wednesday

6/15/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 7: Principles of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering (Day 1)

Day 2

Thursday

6/16/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 7: Principles of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering (Day 2)

1 week break: w/c 19/07/22

Week 5

Day 1

Tuesday

6/28/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 8: Investigative Interviewing (Day 1)

Day 2

Wednesday

6/29/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 8: Investigative Interviewing (Day 2)

Day 3

Thursday

6/30/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 8: Investigative Interviewing (Day 3)

Day 4

Friday

7/1/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 8: Investigative Interviewing (Day 4)

1 week break: w/c 03/07/22

Week 6

Day 1

Wednesday

7/6/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 9: Report Writing & File Preparation

 

Day 2

Thursday

7/7/2022

09:30 - 16:00

7

Module 10: Court Procedures and Disciplinary Hearings

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Details

Course fee: £2,395.00 (per delegate)
Course fee for Cifas members: £2,279.00 (per delegate)
Type: Professional Certificates
Topic: Skills for investigators

Available Dates

14/09/2022 BOOK

Certification


The programme and is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB) and has been approved by Northumbria University who are the Secretariat to the CFPAB. The course has been awarded a credit value of 40 credits at level 4 . 

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