Financial investigation training courses

The financial investigation training programme contains a number of skills-based courses, including:

The programme is designed to develop skills from financial intelligence to more complex financial investigation and the recovery of the proceeds of crime. The courses aim to give investigators a firm grounding in financial investigation and, if their role requires it, to build and develop their skills in other specialist areas.

Through training, accreditation, and monitoring, it provides them with support in the workplace and ensures their continuing professional development and the maintenance of common standards.

Who can attend our courses?

In order to be eligible to attend one of our training courses, you must be employed (permanent staff, not contracted) by an organisation empowered to use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 powers, as specified within:

Statutory Instrument No 1853 The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (England and Wales) Order 2015, for organisations in England and Wales, or

Statutory Instrument No. 2707 ‘The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) Order 2009.

Booking Form

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Course dates

For the most up to date course dates and information, please log on to FISS, if you have access.  Otherwise, please use the contact us section to request details.

Booking a course place

If you send a completed booking form, with purchase order details, we will book you on your course, or reserve your place on the next available course, or course of your choice.

Our courses are a maximum of 12 places.  If all the places have been filled you will need to look for another date.
If you want to substitute a colleague for your booked place contact PoCC

Course details and prospectus

For details of each course use the links below

Financial Intelligence Officer course

Financial Intelligence Officer - 4/5 days (may be subject to change).

Who can complete this course?

The Financial Intelligence Officer course is designed for those newly appointed to roles involving the receipt, recording, sanitisation, development and dissemination of financial intelligence.

Those able to attend the course include anyone working in an environment that deals with Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and anyone working in the intelligence field whether they intend to work in financial investigation role, or confiscation role, or not. Completion of the Financial Intelligence Officer Course is a pre-requisite for attendance on the Financial Investigation Course.

Aim of the course

The course aims to set a firm foundation in the core skills that are required by a Financial Intelligence Officer. It covers the development and management of UK and International financial intelligence. The course will enhance the knowledge, understanding, skills, abilities and behaviours relevant to all intelligence officers.

Course content

You will learn:

  • how to receive, record and sanitise financial  intelligence in accordance with the National  Intelligence Model and the Criminal Procedures  and Investigations Act
  • how to receive and handle SARs
  • how to use various gateways and external  agencies to develop intelligence
  • how to use POCA money laundering legislation  as an intelligence tool
  • how to develop and produce valid intelligence  packages; and
  • how to identify relevant financial intelligence  using IT Skills

Course benefits

  • A Certificate of Achievement signed by the  Head of the Proceeds of Crime Centre
  • Status of temporary accredited financial intelligence officer with the National Crime Agency
  • Inclusion on the Financial Intelligence Gateway (FIG)

Course format

You will be given access to the e-learning pre-course study material and exam. You will be required to demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge in this exam in order to attend the course.

After passing the exam, there is a scenario based course to attend. By applying the knowledge from the pre-course reading and relating it to realistic situations, you will develop the skills needed for the financial intelligence officer role.

The final stage of this training involves workplace experience with the guidance of a tutor. During this time, you will gather evidence for your Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) to demonstrate your competence measured against the relevant National Occupational Standards.

The completed PDP is submitted for validation to the Proceeds of Crime Centre within a specified timeframe. Once the PDP is validated registration becomes permanent subject to ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) being maintained.

 

Are you eligible?

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • good written, literacy and numeracy skills
  • basic IT skills, including word processing

What next?

After successful completion of this course you will be eligible to attend the Financial Investigation course. In order to maintain access to the FIG, once the PDP is validated registration becomes permanent subject to ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) being maintained.

Financial Investigation course

Who can complete this course?

The Financial Investigation course is aimed at those appointed to a role within financial investigation or intending to work within that field, including those working in a financial intelligence role. 

Aim of the course

The course aims to set a firm foundation in the core skills that are required by a Financial Investigator. It covers the legal framework within which all financial investigations are grounded, financial investigative decision making, financial investigation processes and different types of financial investigation. It will enable the effective use of investigative powers contained within Part 8 of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Course content 

You will learn:  

  • to use the investigative powers that are available

  •  to prepare and make applications for orders and warrants using Part 8 of the Act

  •  to prepare and make applications to detain cash under Part 5 of the Act

  •  to understand the money laundering offences in Part 7 of the Act

 

Course benefits

  • A Certificate of Achievement signed by the Head of Proceeds of Crime Centre
  • The temporary status of ‘Accredited Financial Investigator’ if appropriate to your role, permanent accreditation is awarded on completion of the course and Personal Development Portfolio (PDP).

Course format 

You will be given access to the e-learning pre- course study material and exam. You will be required to demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge in this test in order to attend the course. You will then attend a five-day scenario based course.

By applying the knowledge gained from the pre-course reading and relating it to realistic situations, you will develop the skills that will enable you to deal with the various situations you will come across in your workplace.

The final stage of this course involves workplace experience under the guidance of a tutor financial investigator. During this time, you will gather evidence for your PDP to demonstrate your competence in the agreed National Occupational Standards.

Your completed PDP must be submitted for validation to the Proceeds of Crime Centre within a specified timeframe. Once the PDP is validated accreditation becomes permanent subject to ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) being maintained.

Are you eligible?

To apply for this course you must be directly employed by an organisation specified in one of the above Statutory Instruments, and you must have:

  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • basic IT skills, including word processing and Excel
  • completed the Financial Intelligence Officer course as described above, or provided by the former National Policing Improvement Agency or Asset Recovery Agency

What next?

After successful completion of this course you will be eligible for attendance on the Confiscation course. You will need to complete a PDP for Part 8 (and Part 5 if applicable) and then enter into a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for investigators in addition to that applicable to Intelligence Officers.

 

Confiscation course

Who can complete this course?

The Confiscation Course is designed for those conducting confiscation investigations.  In addition all investigators who intend to seek restraint orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 must attend this course in order to obtain the accreditation to allow them to do so. The course is also suitable for investigators from other jurisdictions with similar confiscation legislation.

Aim of the course

The course aims to set a firm foundation in the core skills that are required by a confiscator. It is designed for financial investigators who will be conducting confiscation investigations including the effective use of restraint powers under parts 2 or 4 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Course content

You will learn:

  • to manage a confiscation investigation, complying with legal and procedural requirements at all times
  • to effectively identify, collate, analyse and present financial information relevant for the calculation of benefit
  • how to obtain a restraint order
  • to effectively prepare and present evidence for a confiscation case
  • to understand the enforcement of confiscation orders

Course benefits

  • A Certificate of Achievement signed by the Head of Proceeds of Crime Centre

  • The temporary status of ‘Accredited Financial Investigator’ under Part 2 or 4 of POCA 2002, as appropriate to your place of work

Course format

Once nominated and accepted on a Confiscation Course, you will be required to undertake a period of pre-course study and complete a multiple choice access exam based on the pre-course reading. Students must demonstrate the appropriate level of knowledge in this exam in order to attend the course.

After passing the exam you will then attend a five-day, scenario based course. Using the knowledge and skills from your training, together with that gained from the pre-course reading.

You will be awarded temporary accreditation, where appropriate, after successful completion of the course which becomes permanent once the relevant PDP(s) are validated. In order to maintain this accreditation, you will be required to demonstrate your continuing competence in the agreed National Occupational Standards. Once the PDP is validated accreditation becomes permanent subject to ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) being maintained.

Are you eligible?

To apply for this course, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • that you have successfully completed the FIO and FI courses
  • good literacy and numeracy skills
  • basic IT skills, including word processing and Excel

What next?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to exercise Part 2 or Part 4 powers in respect of restraint, should it be required, and also to be proficient in the completion of confiscation investigations.  In order to maintain accreditation, in common with the other courses, you will need to maintain a programme of CPD which will now include the CPD requirements for the FIO and FI roles.

 

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