|Course Level||Level 3|
|Awarding Body||ABC AWARDS|
|Study Method||Distance Learning|
|Course Duration||200 Recommended Study Hours|
|Entry Requirements||No Entry Requirements|
Explore the extraordinary world of the forensic accountant and learn how to play a role in dynamic fraud-prevention. Discover what it takes to work right at the heart of the anti-fraud industry, where your investigations, decisions and actions have enormous repercussions. Analyse financial data, identify signs of wrongdoing and bring it to the attention of the relevant authority – all in a day’s work for the forensic accountant. Whether it’s working for an established business or offering your services as a private contractor, career opportunities for those with the right skills, talents and background are near-limitless.
This forensic accounting certificate, helps lay the perfect foundation upon which to begin building an outstanding career in an extraordinary modern sector. Ideally suited to those with an existing interest in contemporary finance, no specific education or experience is required to get the most out of this certificate. Six intensive modules of forensic accounting certification, gradually guide candidates through the skills, disciplines and theoretical teachings the successful forensic accountant must master. Along with an overview of contemporary fraud and its origins, candidates explore the activities/behaviours of fraudsters and the effects of their actions. A series of effective fraud detection strategies are introduced, along with essential evidence gathering techniques and ultimately how to plan, implement and successfully prove a case.
This forensic accounting online course is delivered over six in-depth units:
Module 1 – Introduction to Forensic Accounting
The introductory course module begins by outlining the contemporary forensic accounting profession, incorporating an overview of fraud and its recent history/evolution. Along with an exploration of the duties and responsibilities of the forensic accountant, candidates explore the basics of the fraud investigation process.
Module 2 – The Fraudster
Course Module 2 sets out to familiarise candidates with the behaviours, habits and exploits of fraudsters at a variety of levels. From high-level criminal fraud to much lower-level business-specific misdealing, candidates explore how fraud affects both its victims directly and modern society in general.
Module 3 – Fraud Detecting Techniques
The third course module focuses more specifically on a series of effective fraud detecting techniques, incorporating an overview of essential risk assessment strategies and how to identify common signs of fraud. A variety of fraud risk factors are introduced, along with revenue monitoring/analysis.
Module 4 – Case Investigation Procedure
Course content in Module 4 shifts focus to case investigation, guiding candidates through the most important stages in preparing and implementing cases following initial detection/suspicion of fraud. Additional subtopics covered include effective goal setting, professional intelligence gathering methods and crucial case evaluation considerations.
Module 5 – Evidence Gathering
How to effectively go about evidence gathering from the perspective of the forensic accountant is explored in-depth in Module 5. Candidates learn the importance of collating and producing the necessary evidence to prove a case, along with effective strategies for both analysing and condensing/summarising evidence to its key specifics.
Module 6 – Evaluating Financial and Non-Financial Evidence
In the closing course module, candidates are guided through the evaluation of financial and non-financial evidence, as part of the investigative process. A variety of crucial interview skills are introduced, along with key strategies for dealing with sophisticated interviewees, how to effectively evaluate information gathered during interviews and the importance of comprehensive witness-statement analysis.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OHSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by OHSC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.