Forensic accounting is the integration of accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to assist in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and reduce risks for businesses and organizations. Forensic accounting involves looking beyond the numbers to grasping the substance of situations. It’s more than accounting and more than detective work. It is the application of a specialized body of knowledge to economic transaction analysis and reporting. Forensic accountants work in most major accounting firms and businesses. They look for fraudulent transactions and misrepresentations in all areas of the business. Forensic accountants are sometimes called upon to provide expert testimony in courtroom trials or provide litigation support to clients.
Financial crime and fraud is just one of many areas within the discipline/specialty of forensic accounting, but it is a significant one. Fraud is a widespread problem that affects practically every organization, regardless of size, location, or industry. Organizations across the globe are estimated to lose 5% in annual revenue to fraud. This figure translates to a potential total fraud loss of more than $6 billion per year. In a study by the ACFE, over 20% of frauds cases involved losses of at least $1 million and the frauds lasted a median of 18 months before being detected. (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Report to the Nations 2016).
There are many areas of expertise that would be enhanced by the skills taught in this certificate, and now, more than ever, these skills are in demand. These classes expand the skill sets of not only accountants and auditors, but also attorneys, risk managers, law enforcement professionals, and anyone who is interested in helping deter fraud within their organizations.
The cross-disciplinary nature of these courses means that non-accounting professionals will also find the courses beneficial. The courses are designed to be of interest to individuals wishing to protect themselves or their organizations against fraud.
All course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.
You will learn how common fraud schemes work and how to detect, deter, and investigate fraud. You will also learn about money laundering and terrorist financing, anti-money laundering programs and how the forensic accountant plays a part in the program. The courses are skills-oriented in the investigation of fraud and other irregularities in today’s business world.
"All three courses in the Forensic Accounting certificate program were well done and challenging. Excellent learning opportunity with incredible support staff. All people I interacted with from course advisors to the computer help desk were very helpful, considerate, friendly and extremely professional and patient. I would not hesitate to recommend this program, these people, and this institution to anyone, anywhere."
Katheryn Pizzale, Senior Audit Technical, Administrative Manager, Claus J. Joyer, C.A.
"This was my first online course so I was a little apprehensive on the how an online course would flow. I was very pleased with the course and the instructor. The UNC Charlotte staff was very responsive as well. This was an excellent course and I am looking forward to more. Thank you!"
Spring 2012 Participant
Who Should Attend?
- Forensic accountants
- Internal auditors
- Independent auditors
- Business owners and managers
- Accountants and accounting managers
- Anti-money laundering officers
- Loss prevention specialists
- Risk managers
- Law enforcement professionals
- Professionals who want to help deter fraud within their organizations
- Other anti-fraud professionals
Participants seeking the Forensic Accounting Certificate must complete all three courses within two years from their first enrollment date to earn a certificate of completion. All three courses are offered online annually.
- Principles of Fraud Examination
- Fraud Prevention and Detection
- Introduction to Computer Forensics
Participants must pass the online final quiz for each course with an 80% or better in order to receive a certificate. Please review the testing requirements for further details about the certificate requirements. Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte maintains a record of your professional development. Courses can be taken in any order.
To receive your record of attendance, full participation is expected. Participants must be present at the beginning of each course and be in attendance through the duration of each course in order to receive the record of attendance. Credit hours will only be adjusted under extenuating circumstances.
Please review the certificate course requirements first to plan your curriculum for completion of the certificate. Then view the scheduled section dates for these courses in order to register for the section of the course that best fits your schedule.