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Q. What is defined as the commercial forensics industry?

A. The commercial forensic industry is envisaged as consisting of professionals involved in detecting and deterring (preventing) commercial crime (also known as white-collar crime in the broader sense to include corruption).     

Q. Will associate members also be required to comply with the standards set by the Institute, agree to initial and on-going vetting and be subject to the Institute’s formal disciplinary policy and process.

A. Yes     

Q. Will the institute’s accreditations and related education and training framework be aligned to the National Qualifications Framework.

A. Yes     

Q. Will roles or occupations, other than forensic investigator, forensic accountant , computer forensic specialist and legal professionals specialising in forensics, become recognised by the Institute as core professions?

A. Yes. This will be done over time as the industry itself develops, the landscape changes (new technologies or risks), and more professionals start to specialise in these newer areas. During the grandfather clause application process, there may be e.g. a forensic engineer who may want to be recognised. We expect these type of applications and the Board of the ICFP will consider these as they arise and communicate accordingly.     

Q. Why self regulate and not have legal backing?

A. The self regulation is an interim phase aimed at addressing the immediate needs of the profession. We will commence with the process of moving towards legal backing for regulation during a later stage.     

Q. How will the Institute be funded?

A. The Institute will receive income from membership fees, examination fees, conferences, peer review fees and possibly grants from government and other stakeholders.     

Q. Why should I become a member of the Institute and what are the benefits for me?

     A. By becoming a member of the Institute:

  • you will demonstrate to employers/clients/other stakeholders your commitment to comply with industry standards as set by the Institute and be subject to its formal disciplinary policy and process,
  • You will be able to access career paths for various specialisation routes.  This will lead to specialist designations for individuals,
  • You will play a role in ensuring that only suitably qualified individuals act as commercial forensic practitioners.     

Q. What is the difference between the ICFP and the ACFE?

     A. The ICFP has as its main objective the creation and development of a properly regulated profession of commercial forensic practitioners in South Africa. One of its further objectives is to develop career paths for members of the Institute through the accreditation of specified designations. The mission of the ACFE is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the membership in fraud detection and deterrence. For more information on the objectives of the ICFP you are referred to other information available on this website. Information on the objectives of the ACFE could be obtained from www.acfesa.co.za