Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) Blended Learning Programme
The Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Boards (CFPAB) Training and Education Committee (TEC) has recently overseen a ‘root and branch’ review of the core Accredited Counter Fraud Training syllabus and made a series of recommendations covering how the syllabus should now be delivered. The core syllabus and recommendations have been accepted and signed off by the CFPAB and the accrediting body, the University of Northumbria (Newcastle).
PDA has changed the way the ACFS syllabus is delivered. The Programme material has been developed to be delivered over three Parts using a Student Workbook for each Part. Each workbook is a comprehensive document that includes the majority of the material that will be covered. The workbooks are used as a training resource during the delivery and are supplemented with additional material provided by the trainer. Students also receive a personal copy of the ACFS Handbook, published by Wiley Publishing, which is also used as a reference during the Programme.
Parts One and Two are delivered via Zoom and Part Three, covering the practical elements, ‘face to face’ in the classroom. The whole Programme consists of 21 Modules. Parts One and Two contain eight and ten respectively and Part Three contains three Modules. The final Module, Module 21 consists of four days in the classroom. The whole Programme consists of 400 hours of learning.
The Programme includes a broad range of assessment methodologies. These include post course research assignments covering such things as Identity Fraud and Counter fraud Strategy. Tests (both closed and open book) form part of the assessment strategy as do assessment and feedback on practical performance from trainer, role actor and Barrister.
Training methodologies, include self-learning via a student workbook; directed reading (ACFS Handbook, publications etc.); internet research (open source reports etc.); ‘virtual classroom’ and face to face classroom learning; supplementary training handouts; the application of learning in the workplace through subjective learning assignments; trainer led discussion; syndicate and pair working; quiz activities; power points; case studies; DVD; progress checks and reviews.
On successful completion of the Programme students receive a certificate confirming the award of Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist. The award is equivalent to 40 Level Four Credits.
The PDA ACFS Programme syllabus is structured as follows:
Module One: Introduction; Continuing Professional Development Training; Performance Management
Module Two: Fraud and Investigation (General)
Module Three: Fraud Act 2006; Theft Act 1968 & Theft (Amendment) Act 1996
Module Four: Bribery Act 2010; Computer Misuse Act 1990
Module Five: Criminal Law Act 1977; Identity Documents Act 2010
Module Six: Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002; Criminal Finances Act 2017 and Assignment One
Module Seven: Developing A Counter Fraud Strategy
Module Eight: Deterrence; Prevention; Detection; Collaborative Working; Stakeholder Engagement; Evaluation; Assignment One
Module Nine: Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice); Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act (CPIA) 1996;
Module Ten: Regulation Of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000; Investigatory Powers (Interception by businesses etc. for monitoring and record keeping purposes) Regulations 2018; Human Rights Act 1998
Module Eleven: Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1998; Data Protection Act 2018; Freedom Of Information Act 2000; Equality Act 2010
Module Twelve: Case Management; Note Taking
Module Thirteen: Intelligence & Investigation Cycle
Module Fourteen: Evidence Gathering
Module Fifteen: Planning & Conducting A Search; Police Station Procedures
Module Sixteen: Obtaining And Providing Witness Statements
Module Seventeen: Preparation Of Prosecution Files; Reporting Findings
Module Eighteen: Introduction To The Role Of Formal Hearings; Disciplinary And Employment Tribunal Process; Evaluation
Module Nineteen: Pre Interview Disclosure; PEACE Cognitive Interview (also known as free recall
Module Twenty: PEACE Conversation Management
Module Twenty One: Practical Exercises; Test, Evaluation; Assignment Three
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