The Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) qualification is the accepted industry standard for Counter Fraud Investigators and has become the benchmark for counter fraud investigation training. The course is accredited by the University of Portsmouth and the certificate is issued by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB). The PDA training course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in counter fraud investigation. The PDA ACFS training programme is modular and consists of 14 days classroom training, pre-module work, post module subjective learning assignments and multiple-choice tests. On successful completion of the programme students are awarded 60 level 4 credits. Level 4 is the equivalent of the first year of an undergraduate degree. In an undergraduate degree there are 120 credits in each level, 60 credits is the equivalent of one half of the first year towards a degree in Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies. The syllabus meets the Government Counter Fraud Investigation Standards Framework at ‘Foundation’ level.
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- Module One – The evolution of fraud; anti-fraud culture; loss measurement; strategy; prevention; deterrence; detection; professionalism; definitions of fraud and corruption; types of fraud, the criminal justice system; statute offences (including fraud, theft, forgery, bribery); conspiracy to defraud; evidential requirements; points to prove; case law; precedents
- Module Two – PACE 1984; planning and strategies; investigation life cycle; case management; evidence gathering; notebooks and record keeping; forensic evidence; planning searches; NIM Model; strategic and operational analysis; intelligence led investigations; intelligence cycle; key sources; OSINT; identity fraud; governing legislation (including HRA, DPA, RIPA)
- Module Three – PACE codes of practice C and E; interviewing suspects, witnesses and victims; police station procedures; pre interview disclosure; recording media; questioning skills; listening skills; NVC’s; PEACE
- Module Four – Parties to criminal cases; roles and responsibilities; criminal and civil procedure rules; court procedure, layout and roles; evidence admissibility, facts in issue and burden of proof; completing witness statements; case file preparation; report writing; preparation for court; professional conduct; use of notes and introducing exhibits; defence tactics
Delivered by counter fraud professionals – Cross examination by a practising defence barrister – Practical learning in an enjoyable learning environment – A copy of the ACFS Handbook included.
Elements of this course are available as stand alone training.