|Course at QLS||Level 3|
|Endorsement||Endorsed by Quality Licence Scheme|
|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 from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.