Training plays a crucial part in our work here. As well as core training and a structured induction, your role-specific training will provide the necessary practical skills required for the role.

Depending on the role, this could include:
– Criminal justice procedures; case building; arrest, search, seizure and investigative interviewing; taking witness statements and giving evidence;
– National Crime Agency (NCA)-approved training packages covering money laundering, cash seizures and forfeiture, financial profiling, use of restraint and confiscation orders, and new powers in the Criminal Finances Act;
– research and exploitation of digital data and the associated legal provisions;
– advanced training in surveillance.

Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship

The Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship (CFIA). This is a 2-year fully supported programme, which is delivered by HMRC’s in-house training team – The Counter Fraud Academy. Upon successfully passing the programme you will receive an accredited level 4 apprenticeship qualification (equivalent to a foundation degree), be enrolled for membership as a practitioner in the Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP) and obtain a Level 4 ACFS.

The apprenticeship incorporates 20% off the job training and working live cases to consolidate training, enabling you to build a portfolio of evidence to meet the CFIA standards. You will be fully supported by a Practical Training Officer (PTO) throughout the apprenticeship, who will assess your progress and advise when you are ready for the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA is assessed by two methods:

1. A professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio.
2. An investigation report, presentation and questioning about an ongoing counter fraud investigation.

You will be continuously assessed as to your suitability to carry out investigatory duties and full support will be given throughout. To become a Counter Fraud Investigation Officer, you must successfully pass the 2-year programme and EPA.

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