Advanced Diploma – Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation

Vancouver Island University’s Advanced Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation is an intensive part–time online 2–year program that provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to be forensic fraud investigators. The program is delivered entirely online.

Students will develop analytical skills to approach the investigation of fraud, corruption, and ethical irregularities and an understanding of the strategies and tools that can be used to achieve fraud prevention through strategic controls and a culture of compliance.

This program provides an excellent supplement to any business or criminology diploma or degree, or accounting designations, and will provide specialization in the growing field of government and corporate fraud investigation, forensic accounting, and fraud prevention and compliance. For professionals working in a related area such as law enforcement, banking, accounting, legal services, government or regulatory bodies, this program can provide the credentials needed for specialization in this growing field.

This program is endorsed by the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada. The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada (ACFI) is a national association which grants accreditation for the designation Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI), a designation widely recognized by Canadian law enforcement, professional associations, and industry. This program will provide preparation for the examination for ACFI’s entry–level Certified Forensic Technician (CFT) credential, and for those who have obtained three years of forensic investigation experience, for ACFI’s Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI) designation.

This program is accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)

The program is delivered online on a part–time basis over two years through VIU’s online learning environment. Courses will be taken one at a time, sequentially. Each course will be 8 weeks long including the final examination, with the exception of FORE 490 which will be 14 weeks long. The program will consist of online learning modules, group discussion, case studies and investigation simulations, and simulated role plays. Students must be prepared to participate in interactive learning. Students will develop critical thinking, investigative skills, professional report–writing skills, and receive constructive feedback to enhance their learning. There will also be required reading and homework.

Career Opportunities

Areas of employment that graduates might wish to explore:

  • Corporate fraud investigations
  • Corporate fraud prevention training and consultation
  • Forensic accounting
  • Economic loss quantification and valuations
  • Law enforcement criminal investigations
  • Computer investigations
  • Business financial integrity units, internal audit and security divisions
  • Banking security, investigations and compliance
  • Federal, provincial and municipal government taxation, compliance and security
  • Regulatory bodies and bankruptcy investigations

Program Information – register now for September!

Program Developer and Coordinator

  • Vanessa Oltmann, MBA, CGA, CFI
    Vancouver Island University
    Vanessa.Oltmann@viu.ca