Developing a Compliance and Ethics Training Program (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 2 
Course Level: Basic
Prerequisite: None


Organizations have compliance and ethics programs in place to deter and detect fraud, illegality and employee misconduct so the company can protect its legal and financial health. For the programs to be effective, employees must understand its requirements, how to comply and where to find help.
In this course, you will learn about the elements of an effective compliance and ethics training program which include legal compliance, ethical decision-making skills, anti-fraud education and best practices. Additionally, you will learn how to create and assess a compliance and ethics training program. 

Key Takeaways: 

  • Methods of assessing your organization’s compliance and ethics risks
  • Benefits and challenges of compliance and ethics training
  • Best practices for planning and administering the training program
  • Methods of effectively assessing your compliance and ethics training program
  • Best practices for developing the training content
 This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize basic concepts related to compliance and ethics, including best practices for making ethical decisions
  • Identify best practices for creating an effective compliance and ethics program, including the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations
  • Recall the benefits and challenges of compliance and ethics training
  • Identify best practices for planning a compliance and ethics training program, developing the training content and administering the training
  • Recognize common methods of assessing the effectiveness of a compliance and training program





Table of Contents:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Compliance and Ethics
  • Lesson 2: Conducting a Compliance and Ethics Risk Assessment
  • Lesson 3: Creating a Compliance and Ethics Program
  • Lesson 4: The Benefits and Challenges of Compliance and Ethics Training
  • Lesson 5: Planning the Training Program
  • Lesson 6: Developing the Training Content
  • Lesson 7: Administering the Training
  • Lesson 8: Assessing the Training Program

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System Requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

Solution: Your web browser must be configured to allow pop-ups in order to access ACFE Self-Study courses. Your browser may prompt you to allow pop-ups, or you may have to allow them manually. You may either allow them for all sites, or allow them just for the current site.

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Problem: When I click on a course from “My Online Learning,” I am presented with a login page, but my username and password won't allow me to log in.

Solution: You do not have to log in a second time to access your online self-study. You most likely reached the login page because you clicked the link labeled “Click Here” as shown below:

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Do not click that link; instead, allow your browser to automatically open the eLearning window on its own, which should happen after a few seconds. This will log you in automatically so that you can access your online courses.

Problem: I receive the following error when I try to load a different lesson with a course:

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Solution: This occurs in Internet Explorer when trying to load a different lesson without closing the current lesson. This error can be avoided two different ways:

Always close the current lesson before going to another one. Always click the Close Window button (usually the red “X” in the upper right corner) of the current lesson before clicking on another lesson.

Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

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Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.