The success and survival of any organization are dependent on its strong governance structure, compliance culture, internal controls, and related systems and processes. An organization is given strategic direction by the board of directors and senior management to achieve its desired objectives — maximizing shareholders' wealth. 

To achieve objectives and goals, organizations need resources, including employees. The employees form part of a different hierarchical ladder, such as senior management, middle management, and lower management. These employees are required to follow policies and procedures and be provided with various physical resources to run the company's affairs. 

Amongst employees, but also from outside of the company, there can be criminals or fraudsters who utilize the organization's resources for their benefit.

These acts are considered fraud.  

In this Certificate Program, you will acquire relevant knowledge about organizational fraud detection as well as fraud investigation. In addition, you will learn to understand fraud, types of frauds, fraud deterrence, detection, fraud investigations process, fraud investigation conclusion, and fraud investigation reporting. 

This Certificate Program is designed for professionals working in organizational units that frequently deal with fraudulent activities, including (fraud) risk management, (fraud) investigations, internal controls, operational risk, internal audit, and compliance. This course may also be attended by other professionals who are interested in learning about the core concepts of fraud detection and investigation. 

This course is officially awarded under an exclusive partnership with the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM)  — A unique opportunity to receive a dual certificate from a business school.


Program 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.
  • Requirements

    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.

  • Teaching Method

    This course 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 online courses.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the "Certificate in Fraud Detection and Investigation" by the Financial Crime Academy and the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM).

Tangible Career Impact

If you are just starting out and want to acquire foundational knowledge, or you have in the industry for years and want to polish your skills, this Certificate Program is for you. Accelerate your fraud prevention and risk management career with this Certificate Program!

  • Accelerate your professional career by acquiring in-demand skills.

  • Increase your knowledge and prepare for fraud risk in a professional environment.

  • Obtain the Certificate to improve your resumé and get access to stellar opportunities.

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Is This Program For You?

Completing this course demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional development and dedication to effectively safeguard organizations against fraud risk. The average study time for this course is three to four weeks, but can be completed sooner depending on your pace. The successful completion is awarded with the "Certificate in Fraud Detection and Investigation" issued by Financial Crime Academy and Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

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 business school certificate with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

  • Flexibility

    Study on-demand and at your own pace, regardless of where you are in the world.

  • Community

    Get access to our exclusive LinkedIn group with 1,000+ like-minded professionals and experts.

  • 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!

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