Counter Fraud

Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS Foundation)


The aim of the Peter Darby Associates Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist training programme is to provide a comprehensive suite of modules at Foundation Level which, on successful completion, will allow students to carry out the full range of duties of the Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist in a professional manner.

What the training covers

Module One The evolution of fraud; anti-fraud culture; loss measurement; strategy; prevention; deterrence; detection; professionalism; definitions of fraud and corruption; types of fraud; identity 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; witness statements and their completion; NIM Model; strategic and operational analysis; intelligence led investigations; intelligence cycle; key sources; OSINT; 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; the Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act; court procedure, layout and roles; evidence admissibility, facts in issue and burden of proof; case file preparation; report writing; preparation for court; professional conduct; use of notes and introducing exhibits; defence tactics

Who should attend

  • All investigation staff working in a counter fraud investigation environment who are looking to attain the recognised industry standard qualification
  • Staff who are seeking a career change to become a counter fraud professional

Why choose PDA?

  • The most competitively priced ACFS course available
  • Delivered by experienced and qualified Counter Fraud trainers who are subject matter experts in their field
  • Added value
    • A copy of the ACFS Handbook for each student
    • 60 level four credits (20 more than the minimum requirement of 40)
    • Cross examination by a practising defence barrister
    • Full evaluation with results fed back to the organisation
  • Go to Testimonials to see what our students say about our ACFS training
  • The confidence of knowing returning customers choose our training
  • Full post course support

Course delivery

The course is very interactive being practical skills and knowledge based. Training methodologies include classroom based learning; trainer led discussion; syndicate and pair working; quiz activities; DVDs, CDs, power points, role actor and barrister, case studies.

Assessment and trainers

Students have the opportunity to assess their learning through the completion of four multiple choice question tests and four subjective learning assignments. The course is accredited by the University of Portsmouth and successful completion of the course results in the award of the Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist certificate. The course is delivered by Accredited Counter Fraud trainers and a Barrister.

Duration and student numbers

Twelve days classroom training with a maximum of eight.


Please note

Currently we are only offering our ACFS training as a Blended Learning Programme. It is being delivered using a mixture of Zoom and limited classroom time. We would like to assure you that the learning covers all the subjects previously contained in the full classroom delivery and covers all topics included in the ACFS core syllabus as identified by the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB).

31 December 2099

Contact us

For further information on any of our products and services please contact either Peter or Malcolm:

Peter Darby | 07714 216126

Malcolm Hollett | 07522 394883