Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Programme

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Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Programme

The Economic and Cyber Crime Academy Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Programme translates our expertise in fraud from the policing to the counter fraud world. This course aims to develop practitioners’ in-depth understanding of the fraud landscape. Learners will improve their knowledge and skills in bringing investigations to a successful conclusion and assisting organisations in early detection and prevention of economic crime offending.

Individuals who have a counter fraud role in the workplace or those who support investigators in their work.

This course is suitable for all counter fraud specialists regardless of experience.

It is desirable that you have completed the Accredited Counter Fraud Technician (ACFTech) programme, but not essential.

  • Building and developing an effective counter fraud capability using prevention and detection by examining risk areas and analysing their organisation’s counter fraud strengths
  • Key criminal and civil legislation and legal responsibilities of counter fraud specialists
  • Information and intelligence management
  • The Fraud Investigation Model – developing an investigatory mindset, instigation, management and direction of investigations, maximising strategic and tactical options available
  • Investigative interviewing, case preparation and presentation
  1. Pre-read task
  2. Complete a short online course – Fraud Investigation: Making a Difference. Four hours self-paced learning over two weeks.
  3. Module one: Building a counter-fraud capability and the legal framework. Four-day trainer-led course and completion of a 1500-word assignment
  4. Module two: Information and intelligence management. Four-day trainer-led course and completion of a 1500-word assignment
  5. Module three: Investigative strategies and practice. Three-day trainer-led course and completion of a 1500-word assignment
  6. Module four: Interview Skills, Case Management and Presentation of Evidence five-day trainer-led course, including interview practice and completion of a 1500-word assignment

The online course has a number of self-assessment quiz-style questions.

Formative assessment takes place in the classroom and there is one multiple choice knowledge check.

Assessment of the written assignments.

This programme is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and recognised by the University of Northumbria Faculty of Business and Law. A CFPAB certificate is awarded on successful completion.


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