Certificate in Fraud Detection and Investigation Foundations

Enroll in the Certificate in Fraud Detection and Investigation Foundations and take your Fraud and Investigations Career to the next level!

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Course Description

Fraud is a great challenge facing organizations today. The methods used by criminals to steal from individuals and organizations are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. This makes it even harder for fraud to be prevented.

Fraud is a pervasive problem that has significant consequences for individuals, organisations and society.

In this certificate course you will hone your understanding of the causes of fraud and their significance in effectively fighting this white-collar crime.

Examining the types of fraud that can be perpetrated on individuals and organisations, you will critically analyse situations that allow fraud to occur.

You will explore a range of methods for preventing, detecting, investigating and resolving fraud committed against organisations and individuals.

This certificate program is an advanced training that includes four modules on fraud, forms of fraud, deterrence against fraud, detection of fraud, and the process, conclusion, and reporting of fraud investigations. As you complete this course, this certificate program will, in the end, deepen your existing knowledge and offer you a thorough comprehension of this subject.

What You Will Get From This Course

In-demand Skills

Gain the relevant knowledge to ensure that you are supporting your firm and progressing your career.

Career Credential

Get a certificate from the FCA Financial Crime Academy.


Study on-demand and at your own time and pace, regardless of where you are in the world with this flexible online course.

Global Community

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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

  • Acquire relevant knowledge about fraud, types of frauds, different fraudsters, fraud deterrence, detection, cost of frauds, and the fraud investigations process.
  • Learn the definition, concepts, and principles related to fraud including.
  • Find out what fraud is and understand examples of fraudulent activities such as theft of plant, inventory, or cash, false invoicing, and payroll fraud.
  • Get familiar with various key concepts related to fraudsters.
  • Understand core concepts related to fraud identification, deterrence, and fraud detection.
  • Learn about various key concepts related to the fraud investigation process and different techniques used to investigate the fraud.
  • Understand the entire fraud investigation process from planning to reporting.

Target Audience

  • Professionals that want to acquire and demonstrate specialized knowledge in fraud detection and investigation.
  • Professionals that want to increase their value through a better understanding of how to detect frauds and the requirements to investigate fraudulent activities.
  • Professionals that want to build comprehensive knowledge about various aspects of the fraud sphere.
  • Career starters and students wanting to get an edge in fraud detection and investigation


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: Understanding Fraud and Fraud Typologies

  • Introduction to This Module
  • What is Fraud?
  • What is the Scale of the Problem?
  • Types of Frauds
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 2: Understanding Fraudsters and Fraudulent Behavior

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Why Does Understanding Fraudsters Matter?
  • The Fraud Triangle – The Key Behavioral Mode
  • Motives of Fraudsters – Bringing the Fraud Triangle Up to Date
  • Classification of Fraudsters
  • Profile of a Fraudster
  • Motives of Fraudsters – The Business Perspective
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 3: Fraud Identification and Detection

  • Introduction to This Module
  • The Deterrence Factor
  • Fraud Detection
  • Methods of Fraud Detection
  • Fraud Indicators
  • The Role of Internal Audit and External Audit
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 4: Fraud Investigation Process and Techniques

  • Introduction to This Module
  • The Fraud Investigation Process
  • Handling Initial Allegations or Indicia for Fraud
  • Designing and Planning of the Fraud Investigation
  • Gathering of Evidence
  • Evidence Review
  • Fraud Investigation and Investigative Tools
  • Conclusion and Reporting
  • 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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