Centre for Counter Fraud Studies

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development and the Professional Register

The CFPAB has created a new system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for award holders. If you hold any of the following awards below and have undertaken the appropriate level of CPD you will be eligible to apply to go on to the Professional Register of Counter Fraud Specialists.  If you secured these after the 1st October 2014 you will automatically be entered on the Register for three years, but maintaining status will mean you must undertake CPD.

  • Accredited Counter Fraud Officer            
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Intelligence Specialist
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Manager       
  • Certified Counter Fraud Specialist
  • Graduate Counter Fraud Specialist          

Those who go on to the register are entitled to add the prefix of ‘Professional’ before their award. So those who are on the register who have completed CPD would be called the following:

  • Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (note ACFO holders will become ACFS)
  • Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Intelligence Specialist
  • Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Manager             
  • Professional Certified Counter Fraud Specialist
  • Professional Graduate Counter Fraud Specialist

Inclusion on the register lasts three years and re-inclusion will require a further application.

An additional certificate can be purchased for a fee of £35.

Apply Here

If you would to apply to be included on the register, download the form below.  Complete it, ensuring you maintain a file of evidence (but do not send this) sign and date and return via cfpab-cpd@port.ac.uk.  Your application will then be assessed and a random sample will be contacted to supply evidence.  Successful applications will then be presented to the next available Executive Board.  After the Board successful candidates can order a certificate for a fee from the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

You will then be placed on the register for three years and have a duty to continue with CPD.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the CFPAB CPD scheme?

To ensure knowledge and skills are maintained and updated in order to remain competent as the holder of an Accredited Counter Fraud Qualification

Do I have to do CPD?

No, but the CFPAB strongly encourages you to and completion is recognised with the additional award of Professional Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist.

Why is the scheme not mandatory? 

It is not mandatory because the CFPAB does not have the power to enforce CPD on the existing award schemes.

What happens if I don’t do the scheme?

You will not be added to the additional professional register which is recognised with the additional title of ‘Professional’. In the future this may become the more important register to prospective employers and not been on it may disadvantage you.

Can I lose my current CFPAB award if I don’t do CPD?


What CPD do I have to do? 

You must do a minimum of 90 hours CPD over the three years.

Participants may choose the areas they wish to undertake activities for CPD purposes.  Participants have a degree of flexibility to choose the areas they wish to undertake anti fraud, bribery and corruption activities for CPD purposes. Although not exhaustive, some recommended subject areas are listed below.

  • Anti-fraud culture.
  • Prevention.
  • Deterrence.
  • Detection.
  • Intelligence gathering.
  • Development of policy and procedures.
  • Strategic development.
  • Pertinent offence legislation.
  • Pertinent procedural legislation.
  • Background subject areas.
  • Investigation and prosecution skills and principles.
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Sanctions.
  • Redress and recovery of assets.
  • Management.

Activities identified must demonstrate skills, competencies, knowledge & learning.  Activities should be referenced to which element of the core subject matrix they link to.

Examples of activities include (but are not restricted to)

  • Identification, review & application of new/amended legislation  (e.g. by producing a report and evidence of a professional discussion with a peer, line manager or coach regarding the implications)
  • Identification, review & application of new/amended core subject area (e.g. by review of an investigation undertaken)
  • Reflection and evaluation of proactive work undertaken
  • Academic research/education
  • Attendance at a training event

If you have done these already you can apply to be included on the Professional Register,  use the new title with ‘Professional’ as the prefix and purchase a new certificate. 

What is the difference between the organisational and individual schemes?

Some organisations like the DWP and NHS are likely to put forward their own CPD scheme which is recognised by the CFPAB. All of those who complete these recognised schemes will be added to the CPD Professional Register by their employer. If you work for an organisation which is a member of the CFPAB you should consult them regarding CPD. If you do not you will have to apply as an individual under this scheme.

If I work for organisation with a scheme can I go for the individual?

Yes, but you would be better placed to do it through your own organisation as you will end up submitting the information twice.

I don’t work for an organisation with an organisational scheme so how can I pursue CPD?

Through the individual scheme.

How long will my registration last?

Three years.

What will happen at the end of three years?

You will need to submit another application noting the evidence of your CPD to maintain your status on the Professional Register.

What happens if I’m ill or pregnant and I’m off work for 3 months or more?

You can claim for an extension under extenuating circumstances.

Who has access to the CFPAB registers?

The register is maintained by the secretariat in line with Data Protection requirements. Third party conformation of your status on the registers requires evidence of your consent to do so.

Will I get a certificate if I do CPD?

Yes you can apply for a certificate, but there is a cost for this of £35.

Do I have to purchase a CPD professional certificate?

No, it’s your choice. However the current awards of the CFPAB ACFS, ACFIS etc carry on as normal where there is a compulsory certificate fee.

I have just been awarded ACFS but haven’t done any CPD yet so how do I get on to this register?

If you have received your ACFS after the 1st October 2014 you will automatically be entered on to the Professional Register. If you wish to maintain your status on the register you will need to undertake CPD. You can purchase the additional certificate if you wish. If you secured your ACFS before 1st October 2014 you will need to have undertaken CPD to secure entry on to this register.