Short length, practical training, an Ontario College Graduate Certificate and preparation for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination are just some of the reasons why Centennial College’s Financial Fraud Investigation program stands apart from similar programs at other colleges. The one-year offering is geared to those who have already completed a college diploma or university degree in any discipline but are looking to get into the field that involves forensic accounting.
Aside from possessing a diploma or degree, Centennial College’s requires applicants to the Financial Fraud Investigation program to submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion. In addition, applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Please note that applicants who present a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience will be considered.
The Financial Fraud Investigation offering is facilitated from Centennial College’s largest location, Progress Campus. This campus houses other financial programs, allowing for peer interaction as well as networking. In addition, it is centrally located, making it convenient to reach.
Because all of its students have already had college or university experience, the Financial Fraud Investigation program is fast-paced and nurtures a mature learning environment. As such, students attend six courses in each semester that are lead by faculty members who are experts in the field. These experts lead students through: Introduction to Fraud Examinations, Financial Crimes Investigation, Introduction to Intelligence Gathering, Financial Institutions & Identity Theft, International Legal Elements and Professional Court Presentation, Advanced Fraud Examinations, Forensic Accounting, Investigative Methodologies, Ethics and Fraud Criminology, Practical Fraud Investigation and Case Management, and Interview and Interrogations. All courses solely focus on preparing students for entry into the field directly after graduation.
Among the specific skills students master by attending the Financial Fraud Investigation offering are: investigating and analyzing financial evidence, testifying as a witness, becoming involved in criminal investigations, uncovering financial evidence in employee or insurance fraud cases and investigating in the rapidly evolving area of computer fraud.
Thanks to the essential skills and knowledge in forensic accounting and investigation techniques taught in the Financial Fraud Investigation offering, students are equipped to work in entry-level positions in the field of forensic accounting and audit investigations within the public or private sector. Among the titles graduates can attain the field are: Forensic Accounting/Litigation Consultant, Tax Auditor, Gaming Investigator, Insurance Investigator, Bank Investigator and Internal Auditor. Successful analysis and findings reported by practicing professionals may mean the difference between whether perpetrators avoid detection of their illegal activities or are brought to justice. In most cases, success is directly and primarily dependent upon the knowledge, skills and abilities of the professionals performing the work.