Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Enroll in the Certificate in Forensic Accounting and take your Fraud and Investigations Career to the next level!

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Course Description

Forensic accounting is the niche used to uncover any accounting or financial violations in a business or industry. It is a specialized profession employed to uncover any financial or accounting irregularities in any company. It examines the subject’s finances using accounting, auditing, and investigative expertise.

It frequently depends on various pillars, such as the character of the accountant and legal experience. Forensic accountants’ primary goal is to find, stop, and minimize fraud while making sure it never happens again. They employ a variety of ways to identify wrongdoings, collect proof, and assess the issue before reporting and wrapping up their inquiry. There is an urgent need for forensic accountants, particularly within law enforcement, due to the increasing complexity of organizational contexts and the development of technology.

This certificate program is a professional training with ten modules. This course will give you a basic understanding of forensic accounting, the skills required to be an effective forensic accountant, and how to conduct a forensic investigation. It also includes an outline of what fraud is, including the different types of fraud and methods for detection, fraud investigation, valuations, and the link between forensic accounting and corporate governance.

What You Will Get From This Course

In-demand Skills

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Career Credential

Get a certificate from the FCA Financial Crime Academy.


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Course Material

Download supplementary course material such as the comprehensive course study guide.

Quiz Questions

Test your knowledge with multiple-choice questions and determine which skills you have mastered!

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what forensic accounting is and what role it plays in an organizational context
  • Learn how to think forensically with regards to fraud
  • Understand fraud holistically, including types and indicators for fraud
  • Learn what skills are required and essential for forensic accountants when performing forensic accounting investigations
  • Comprehend different types of forensic accounting investigations and engagements
  • Understand what cyber forensics is and how cyber forensic accounting activities are performed effectively
  • Learn about the specific of expert witness activities in dispute resolution
  • Understand the role of forensic accounting in valuation work
  • Understand the specifics of a fraud investigation in the context of forensic accounting and learn practical implications
  • Learn how a forensic accounting investigation is performed in practice and what elements, tools, and techniques are required
  • Understand the intersection between forensic accounting and corporate governance in an organizational environment

Target Audience

  • Professionals wanting to acquire and demonstrate specialized knowledge in forensic accounting
  • Professionals wanting to increase their value through better understanding of internal investigations and forensic accounting in an organizational environment
  • Career starters and students wanting to build a comprehensive internal investigations and forensic accounting skillsset
  • Anyone who is genuinely interested in effectively performing forensic accounting activities


For participating in this Certificate Program, you will need an electronic device with online video-viewing capabilities (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc.). You will need no previous knowledge in compliance or anti-financial crime, although this is helpful. A background in business, legal, or finance might also be beneficial but is not required.

Learning Method

This Certification Program is presented entirely online. Modules can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for Certification Programs.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to the Program

  • Introduction to the Program

Module 1: Introduction to Forensic Accounting

  • Introduction to This Module
  • History of forensic accounting
  • Application areas of forensic accounting
  • Primary roles and responsibilities of forensic accountants
  • Differences between forensic accountants, fraud auditors, and financial auditors
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 2: Fraud – Thinking Forensically

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Fraud and its detection
  • Impact of fraud
  • Types of perpetrators
  • Benefits of having forensic accounting skills in house
  • Types of fraud
  • Fraud indicators and warnings
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 3: Skills of Forensic Accountants

  • Introduction to This Module
  • The trait of a successful forensic accountant
  • What background does a forensic accountant require?
  • What should a forensic accountant be able to do?
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 4: Types of Forensic Accounting Investigations and Engagements

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Economic damages calculations
  • Post-acquisition disputes
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency, and reorganization
  • Securities fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Business valuation
  • Computer forensics and E-discovery
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 5: Cyber Forensics

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Elements of computer forensics
  • Identification
  • Preservation
  • Analysis
  • Final considerations
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 6: Specific of Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution

  • Introduction to This Module
  • What is an expert witness?
  • Role and purpose of expert witnesses
  • Types of expert witnesses
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Qualifications required
  • Testimony
  • Dispute resolution and its types
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Expert witness case study
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 7: Specific of Valuations and the Expert Report

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Valuations in forensic accounting: business valuation and damage valuation
  • The link of forensic accounting with business valuation and damage valuation
  • Identification of valuation errors in business valuations
  • Determination and calculation of damages
  • Valuation expert witnesses: definition, role, and responsibilities
  • Valuation report: content challenges
  • Business valuation disputes case study
  • Damage valuation disputes case study
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Module 8: Specific of Fraud Examination

    • Introduction to This Module
    • Understanding fraudsters: fraud triangle
    • Classification and motives of fraudsters
    • Types of Fraud
    • Fraud detection methods
    • Fraud indicators
    • Professional analytical procedures and techniques
    • Module Summary
    • Multiple Choice Quiz

    Module 9: Forensic Investigation

    • Introduction to This Module
    • Forensic investigation
    • Determining the objectives of the investigation
    • Considerations for internal auditors
    • Designing and planning of the investigation
    • The investigative process
    • Types of evidence: documents, interviews, and other information
    • Evidence gathering and chain custody
    • Interviews in forensic investigation
    • Documenting and presenting the case
    • Module Summary
    • Multiple Choice Quiz

    Module 10: Forensic Accounting and Corporate Governance

    • Introduction to This Module
    • Introduction to corporate governance
    • The role of forensic accounting in corporate governance
    • Compliance with best practices
    • Sustainable corporate governance and forensic accounting
    • Module Summary
    • Multiple Choice Quiz

    Final Assessment

    • Final Assessment

    Completing the Program

    • Completing the Program

    Certification Track

    Complete all courses of the certification track to become a Certified Audit and Investigations Professional (CAIP).

    Fca027 Certificate In Digital Forensics And Ediscovery
    Fca010 Certificate In Fraud Risk Management
    Certificate In Fraud Detection And Investigation Foundations
    Fca009 Certificate In Internal Investigations
    Fca014 Certificate In Forensic Accounting
    Fca004 Certificate In Internal Audit

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the requirements to take the courses?

    All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, a smartphone or table, and a stable internet connection.

    Can I download course files and resources for the course?

    Absolutely! All the files (including study guide, audiobook, course slides, etc.) in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows the files within a course.

    How long do I have to complete the courses?

    You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines.

    Are there any additional fees or costs?

    None! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification.

    What currency are your courses priced in?

    All our online courses are priced in USD. As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

    How do I earn my certificates?

    Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 60% passing grade.

    How are the exams conducted?

    Students are required to complete an online assessment (mostly multiple choice questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 60% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.

    Can I email the instructor if I have questions?

    While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries.

    Will these courses help me advance my career?

    Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how the Financial Crime Academy’s courses have helped so many people advance their anti-financial crime, compliance, and risk management careers. Our courses are designed to teach in-demand skills and relevant background knowledge of subject matter expertise needed in practice.

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