|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.
Q. How does Distance / Online Learning work?
All our courses offer the flexibility of learning. These are divided into units. After each course unit the student is required to complete and submit an assignment. Students work through each unit at your own pace. There are no deadlines for completing and submitting the assignments. Tutor marks the assignment and uploads the result on the portal. The student then moves on to the next unit and this way completes the course. All the submitted work is assessed by the awarding body at the moderation stage. Recognised Certificate is issued by the awarding body.
Q. When can I start the course?
You can start the course anytime. The enrolments are continued throughout the year.
Q. What is the enrolment process?
Enrolment process is very simple. After you have chosen the course you wish to take you can just fill in an online form and we will send you invoice for the course fee. On receipt of payment we will give you course access and your course tutor will contact you as well. You can even start right now by paying the course fee online.
Q. Can I take up the course if I am not in the UK?
Yes, you can. All our courses can be taken up and completed from anywhere around the world. If you are an international student you will enjoy the same support as any other student within the UK does.
Q. How long does it take to complete the course?
This entirely depends on you that how much time you dedicate to your studies and how fast you intend to complete the course. We have provided estimated study hours for each course on the course page. You can plan your study according to your own schedule.
Q. Will I get tutor support?
Yes. all our courses come will one to one tutor support. This support is available for duration of the course. Once you will enrol on the course you will be allocated an experience tutor who will guide you throughout the course. The tutor will mark your assignments and will provide you feedback on your submitted work. You can contact your tutor through email.
Q. Can I retake the assignment if I fail it once?
Yes, In that case your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and will highlight the areas where you need improvement.
Q. Is there any deadline for submitting the assignments?
No, there are no deadlines for the submission of assignments. Students work at their own pace and plan their study according to their own schedule. However you will submit one assignment at a time so that the tutor can mark one and can give you feedback. Following which you can move on to your next unit and assignment.
Q. Do I need to sit an exam at the end?
All our courses are assignment based. Your submitted work is assessed throughout the course. There is no final exam at the end.
Q. Do I need to purchase any text books?
College provides comprehensive course materials containing all the relevant information you require to complete the course. All this is all included in the course fee. However we encourage our students to undertake additional study on the topics. For further help we have provided additional supporting material on the portal. There are also useful links relevant to the course you are studying.
Q. English is not my first language can I still complete the course?
All our courses have been specially written for home study keeping in mind that our students come from all parts of the world and English is not the first language for most of them. Our course materials are written in easy to understand English. If you have basic English skills you can easily complete the course.
Q. What are the entry requirements?
There are no specific entry requirements for most of our courses. All you need to have is the motivation and commitment for completing the course.