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Diploma in Forensic Accounting QLS Level 4

Course Overview

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

All over the world, several businesses suffer from fraud loss daily. This graduate certificate in forensic accounting is a course that provides candidates with the much-needed information of financial crimes, the fraudsters behind them and the skills required to catch them.

This graduate certificate in forensic accounting online is for anyone interested in acquiring forensic accounting, fraud detection, and investigation skills. The course can be taken without any previous knowledge. It is designed for your convenience and fits nicely in any schedule; you will also be provided with full tutor support and given assignments for the sake of assessment.

The course begins with a subtle introduction to forensic accounting and points out the most common personality traits of fraudsters to look out for. Then it discusses the most effective fraud detection methods and the procedures to follow when investigating. Candidates are then educated on the methods of gathering relevant evidence and the significance of non-financial evidence. It ends by describing the process of investigating witnesses, the definition and importance of fraud risk assessments and the most effective fraud prevention techniques.

Course Syllabus

The Diploma in Forensic Accounting contains nine units:

Unit 1: An Introduction to Forensic Accounting

This unit introduces candidates to accounting as well as fraud and embezzlement and describes the various financial crimes. It also explains the differentiation between forensic accounting and general accounting and lists the roles and importance of a forensic accountant within businesses.

Unit 2: Common Personality Traits of Fraudsters

Early fraud detection is one of the most important skills that a forensic accountant must acquire. This unit informs candidates on the behavioral traits and features to look out for in a potential suspect. It helps them in understanding and identifying a fraudster.

Unit 3: Fraud Detection Methods

In this unit, we will discuss the most effective ways that fraud can be detected. Early detection can significantly lessen fraud losses. Candidates will gain a deep understanding of the result of fraud loss and will be rigorously trained in the application of effective fraud detection techniques.

Unit 4: General Investigative Procedures

In recent times, forensic accountants have become very valuable to organizations everywhere in the world. This unit help candidates in understanding their roles in an organization and most importantly, in an investigation. It gives a basic understanding of the investigation process and helps to improve their investigative skills.

Unit 5: Evaluation and Assessment: Gather Evidence

This unit briefly discusses the basic principles of gathering evidence with which forensic accountants should be familiar. It enumerates the different types of evidence and the importance of evidence in a criminal investigation.

Unit 6: Collecting Non-Financial Evidence

Fraud investigators and forensic accountants - after gathering financial evidence - usually consider the possibility of valuable non-financial evidence. In this unit, the techniques, and tools to discover non-financial evidence are discussed extensively.

Unit 7: Investigating Monetarily Sophisticated Witnesses

An investigation is not complete without interviewing and investigating witnesses. Unit 7 discusses the basic requirements for a person to qualify as a witness, the different witness types, witness credibility and the process of conducting a witness interview.

Unit 8: Conducting Fraud Risk Assessment

A fraud risk assessment should be executed incessantly to discern potential schemes and events that need to be lessened. This unit guides the candidate in conducting a fraud risk assessment; it points out the steps taken to identify and protect an organization from fraud.

Unit 9: Fraud Prevention Techniques

Fighting fraudsters is not an easy task, staying ahead of them is even harder. Nowadays, cyber-criminals have devised new ways to work without being detected. With this unit, candidates will be updated on the most recent and more effective fraud prevention methods.

Career Path

Candidates who complete this course will be provided with an endorsed certificate which will attract many opportunities. It proves competency and will assist in getting you a stable job in any area of your choice (Financial tax, loss prevention, financial forensics, etc.). The average salary for a novice Forensic accountant begins with $30,000 and increases with experience.

Who Shoud Take This Course
  • Anyone looking to develop or gain professional level accountancy skills
  • Graduates searching for prestigious employment
  • Anyone looking for a CV upgrade
  • Accountants interested in forensics
  • Anyone interested in forensics

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.

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Course at QLS Level 4
Duration 400 Hours
Endorsement Body Endorsed by Quality Licence Scheme

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