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Forensic accountant

Specialism: Audit and assurance

What is a forensic accountant and what do they do?

A forensic accountant investigates financial fraudulent activity within an organisation. They use their expertise combined with critical thinking to analyse and evaluate data and support the governance and control within an organisation.


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

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Online course

Governance and control pick 'n' mix bundle

Managing risk is key for all businesses whatever their size, and those risks can come in many guises. From financial crime to corporate governance, pick the courses that are right for you.

Create your pick 'n' mix bundle from a range of bestselling courses, including:

  • 2022-23 Update: IFRS
  • Anti-money Laundering 
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cyber Security Risk Management
  • Forensic Accounting
  • International Audit
  • Internal Auditing: A Risk Based Approach
  • Preventing Financial Crime
  • Professional Scepticism
  • Reporting on an Uncertain Future
  • Risk Management
  • The Audit Process.
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Online course

Ethics and governance 5 course pack

Finance professionals have to be able to recognise ethical threats to their organisation. This pack looks at some of the different kinds of threats that could affect your business or organisation, and how the right corporate governance can support you in making the right decisions for your business.  

By completing this pack, you will gain a better understanding of: 

  • how to use ethics to make the right decision
  • some of the different regulations that organisations need to abide by
  • GDPR.
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How does the ACCA qualification support this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.


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Forensic accountant in integrity and enforcement, Companies House