Whilst every job in HMRC is different you could expect to receive the following training schedule:

  • Induction

    5 weeks

  • Foundation Level 1

    20 weeks
    (including 4 weeks residential)

  • Foundation Level 2

    25 weeks
    (including 5 weeks residential)

  • Enhanced Training

    Year 2

  • Specialist

    Year 3 onwards

Induction – 5 weeks

Induction to Criminal Justice in HMRC is undertaken in your new office together with other trainees. Once you have arrived at your post, your initial Induction takes place in the first week, followed by a four week period to complete your self-driven Level One Guided Learning Unit prior to attendance at your first residential training event. In addition you will also undertake mandatory e-learning around Health & Safety, Risk Assessment and Intelligence handling amongst others.

Your Foundation Training programme is a combination of self-study, e-learning, residential training events and practical job based competency assessment. You will be supported throughout by your nominated Practical Training Officer, line manager, Senior Officer and by HMRC’s Criminal Justice Academy to ensure that you attain the required level of competency.

Foundation Level 1 – 20 weeks (including 4 weeks residential)

This initial phase of training will provide you with the core skill sets required to learn: HMRC powers and procedures; how to understand the ingredients of an offence and plan an investigation accordingly; how to handle evidence to maintain the chain of evidence and the basics of criminal disclosure. It will also provide an introduction to key operational and evidence gathering techniques including how to draft search warrants and production orders; how to draft witness statements; how to exploit communications data and how to handle sensitive intelligence. It will also provide training around how to build and present a case, and how to give evidence.

The residential element may require you to be away from your home and office.  It concludes with the Final Exercise – an immersive exercise to allow the content of Level One to be applied in a realistic context.

Your final weeks are spent back in your home office working on real cases and gathering evidence to support your Level One Foundation Portfolio. For those candidates that pass the Level One programme and are not going onto Level Two, then you will be accredited by the University of Portsmouth as an Accredited Counter Fraud Technician.

Foundation Level 2 – 25 weeks (including 5 weeks residential)

After successfully completing your Level One Foundation course you may be able to move onto the Level Two Foundation programme if your role requires it. Following successful completion of your Level Two Guided Learning Unit, your Level Two Foundation residential event builds on the core content of Level One, but also covers new areas such as: Arrest; search of person; custody procedures; interviewing; search of premises; operation briefings; operational risk management; operational analysis techniques; photography; forensics; and covert techniques including drafting of surveillance authorities, static observations, surveillance theory, log keeping). Level Two tests a candidates knowledge through practical scenarios and culminates in an immersive Final Exercise which allows all aspects of Level One and Level Two to be demonstrated in a realistic context over a five week residential course.

The remaining time is spent back in your home office working on real cases and gathering evidence to support your Level Two Foundation Portfolio.  It is not uncommon for trainees to be given their first cases at this stage to allow development on real cases within the Criminal Justice system.

For those candidates that pass the Level Two programme you will become accredited by the University of Portsmouth as an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist.

Enhanced Training – Year 2

Foundation Training is only the beginning of your training journey in FIS. Once you have completed Foundation, there are further courses available that are core to developing your understanding and capability. These include: Criminal Disclosure training; Financial Investigation; Investigative Interviewing; Advanced Decision Making; and Leadership training amongst others. These are core to all staff regardless of which line of business you are placed into within FIS.

Specialist – Year 3 onwards

Different Criminal Justice roles in HMRC have their own skills requirement and there are frequent opportunities to develop specialist skills to support your work. Some of the areas of specialism where opportunities currently exist are: covert surveillance including surveillance driving (Police Advanced Driving); Covert methodologies; enhanced tax skills and tax professional training; advanced financial investigation, confiscation, civil recovery, insolvency and forensic accounting; and enhanced court skills.

There are also ongoing opportunities to development Leadership & Management Skills through the HMRC Leadership Academy and through ongoing professional development activity across HMRC.

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