Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Programme

The Economic Crime Academy Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Programme translates our expertise in fraud from the policing to the counter fraud world. Over the course of the six modules delegates will develop the skills needed to be a substantial asset to their organisation in combating fraud from a variety of source threats.  


  • Introduce delegates to fraud types and the impact fraud has on the UK
  • Provide an overview of the civil and criminal justice system
  • Identify different types of economic crime
  • Enable delegates to undertake ethical investigations
  • Understand the legislation underpinning fraud investigations


Who this course is for

Those wanting to develop their counter fraud skills who are employed in the private, public sector or third sector

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for all counter fraud specialists of experience. It is desirable that you have completed the technicians learning programme but not essential.


The programme consists of six modules (5 x 2 days, 1 x 4 days) with six tutor led sessions.





  • Early bird discounts are available for advance bookings. 
  • Our prices are different for law enforcement and public sector - call us for details
  • We can also offer a multiple bookings discount


The programme is designed to develop the delegates’ skills in investigative techniques which are required of an effective counter fraud specialist. It encompasses the prevention, deterrence and detection of fraud, relevant legislation, investigative skills, witness and suspect interview requirements, preparation of prosecution files, cross examination, application of sanctions and reporting of outcomes.

The ACFS programme is the industry standard qualification for professional fraud investigators

Programme Content



The Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist programme is designed for the professional counter fraud specialist. Over the course of six modules, delegates will look at a wide range of topics, taking them from establishing their organisation’s counter fraud capability, through to undertaking an investigation, to successful outcomes.


The modules will be spread over a period of five or six months, with assignments to complete between each one.


Module 1 – Building a Counter Fraud Capability

The module covers the key considerations in building teams from scratch or developing existing capabilities and the skills required to produce an effective prevention and detection system. Delegates will look at risk areas and how to conduct an analysis of an organisation’s existing counter fraud strengths, before producing a report recommending improvements and outlining weaknesses.


Module 2 – Legislation

Starting with the UK legal system, the module will explore the use of civil and criminal processes in fraud investigations. Delegates study the investigatory Codes of Practice and the procedures relevant to fraud investigations, before examining key parts of the legislative framework including the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Human Rights Act, Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act, Data Protection Act, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, Proceeds of Crime Act, Theft Act and Fraud Act.


Delegates finish this module with a firm understanding of their legal responsibilities as investigators and when investigations may require a ‘multi-track’ civil and criminal approach.


Module 3 – Information and Intelligence Management

Managing information and producing useful intelligence can make or break an investigation. The module covers best practice to maximise the functionality of information received, then looks into the latest and most relevant intelligence practices.


Crucial to the process is an understanding of how legislation, and related guidance, affects the collection and analysis of intelligence, particularly when it comes to sensitive techniques.


Module 4 – Investigative Strategies and Practice

The focus of the module is developing the investigator’s mindset by looking at the key stages of instigating, managing and directing an investigation. Delegates will study methods and opportunities to ensure their own investigations maximise the strategic and tactical options available to them and their organisation.


Each stage looks at the requirements of evidence, points which will need to be proven, and the likely defences to be faced. Proper decision making and critical evaluation at these junctures will lead to higher success rates and delegates will finish this module with greatly enhanced capabilities in these areas.


Module 5 – Interview Skills

This module takes a very practical approach to developing interview skills at

Professional Investigator Level 2 under the guidance of tutors with substantial interviewing experience. Scenarios will expose delegates not only to ‘what and how’, but also why questions are fundamental to evidence in a persuasive case.


Examining the theory of managing conversation and applying models to structure the interview approach, delegates will learn to implement a holistic approach which encompasses emotional and physical conditions as part of a tactical plan to obtain useful information from suspects, witnesses and victims.


Module 6 – Case Preparation and Evidence

Success in court is the ultimate aim of any investigation, whether civil or criminal. The module examines evidence management in the most effective manner and how to produce it in court or other regulatory proceedings. Delegates will use the evidence they have gathered, both written and verbal, and practice having this challenged and cross examined in a court of law.



  • 5 assignments of 2000 words
  • 1 hour multiple choice exam


We’ve worked closely with the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board to match our training to their accreditation framework so that completion of this course awards the status of ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist’, as well as granting use of post-nominal ACFS. The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth recognises this qualification as 80 undergraduate credits of prior learning towards the BSc (Hons) Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies. This is currently the highest amount of credit awarded from any provider.

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