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 four 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


Accreditation: This programme is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and recognised by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria).


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

It is desirable that you have completed the accredited counter fraud technicians programme, but not essential.


Suitable for: All Counter fraud specialists.


The programme consists of four modules (3 x 3 days, 1 x 5 days) with four tutor led sessions.





This programme offers excellent value and offers an in-depth understanding of the fraud landscape which will bring investigations to a successful conclusion and assist organisations in early detection and prevention of economic crime offending. This programme covers 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.


Programme content

On completion of this programme, learners will acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of how to prevent, detect, disrupt, and investigate fraudulent activity both from external sources and within organisations.


Module 1 – Law Procedure and Practise and developing a counter fraud capability (Three day - classroom based)

This module explores civil and criminal processes in fraud investigations in the UK. Delegates will study the investigatory codes of practice and the procedures relevant to fraud investigations. The key legislation examined includes 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 will develop the understanding and knowledge of their legal responsibilities as counter fraud specialists, as well as an understanding of when investigations may require a ‘multi-track’ civil and criminal approach.


Delegates will explore the key elements involved in building a counter fraud capability learning how to develop existing capabilities to produce an effective prevention and detection system within your organisation. Delegates will learn to thoroughly examine risk areas and how to conduct an analysis of their organisation’s existing counter fraud strengths. Following this, delegates will learn to produce effective and thorough reports which recommend improvements and outline weaknesses.



Assessment Method - 1500 word assignment on a topic relating to the module completed.


Module 2 -  Information and intelligence management (Three day - classroom based)


The ability to turn information into usable and effective intelligence can be critical in supporting a successful investigation. This module examines best practice in maximising the functionality of information received or collected and explores the latest and most relevant intelligence practices. Delegates will also build an understanding of the limitations of intelligence, the use of sensitive techniques and the courtroom. 


Assessment Method - After this module delegates will be provided with a recap of modules one and two which will be subject of a multiple choice one-hour knowledge check consisting of 30 questions.


Module 3 – Investigative practice and procedure - (Three day - classroom based)

Based on the Fraud Investigation Model, this module aims to develop an investigatory mind-set within delegates 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 themselves and their organisation. The Fraud Investigation Model strongly emphasises on the need to understand the requirements of evidence, points which will need to be proven, and the likely defences to be faced.


Assessment Method - 1500 word assignment on a topic relating to the module completed.


Module 4 – Investigative Interview, Case preparation and presentation (Five day - classroom based)

This five-day comprehensive module involves a practical approach to developing interview skills under the guidance of trainers with substantial interviewing experience. Delegates consider question types that are fundamental to recovering fine grain detail from those being interviewed.  Following a thorough examination of how to manage conversations and applying models to structure the interview approach, delegates will learn how to seek essential information from suspects, witnesses and victims. Combining this with understanding how the memory works, and learning to unlock facts using cognitive interview techniques, delegates will learn how to maximise evidence gathered and ensure its truth.


Planning for success in court from the start of an investigation will underpin the way you collect evidence. Whilst this topic is apparent throughout the programme, this module examines in depth evidence management in the most effective manner and how to produce it in court or other regulatory proceedings. Delegates will use the evidence gathered, both written and verbal, and practice having this challenged and cross-examined in a court of law.


Assessment Method - 1500 word assignment on a topic relating to the module completed.



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.

This programme is accredited by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board and recognised by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (University of Northumbria).

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