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Finance, AML & Compliance

ICA International Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk

Course details

CPD Points





9 month course with a mixture of guided online study and participation in live sessions. Next enrolment date: 24 June 2024

Course Overview

There are three intakes a year for this course: March, July and September.

Sanctions are a crucial instrument in the international battle against financial crime proliferation, terrorism and human rights abuses. It’s a complex area and those who manage the risk need the right combination of knowledge, capabilities and behaviors to do so effectively.

Course Content

You will learn:

  • Global sanctions architecture – Sanctions in context
  • How sanctions regimes are implemented
  • Evolving scope of sanctions – A changing tool
  • Sector-based sanctions
  • Identifying higher risk jurisdictions and activities
  • Transparency, control and ownership
  • Licensing and permissible payments
  • Management of global exposure to unilateral and regional sanctions
  • Developing the control framework
  • Sanctions screening
  • Incident management and holding of sanctioned funds
  • Sanctions lifting and roll back

You can request a copy of the full syllabus here.

The course is a mixture of guided online study and participation in live sessions:

  • 2 x virtual classrooms

1 x immersive learning scenario (putting you at the centre of a story)
3 x tutorials (a chance to discuss elements of the course in more depth)
3 x assessment preparation sessions

  • Videos covering the latest industry developments and case studies
  • Access to the ICA members’ portal containing additional reading and resources
  • Proactive support throughout the course to help you stay on track.

This course is suitable for mid-senior level professionals:

  • Heads of Sanctions, Sanctions Managers and Sanctions Team Leaders
  • MLROs, Compliance Managers, Financial Crime Managers and Risk Managers
  • Accountants, Lawyers and Consultants

The course has been designed for those working in multiple industry sectors including international trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, maritime, software, oil and gas and financial services.

Course module and dates below;

Next enrolment date 24 June 2024

Module 1:

  • Welcome & Getting Started Virtual Classroom - 26 June 2024 (09:30-10:30)
  • Virtual Classroom 1 - 16 July 2024 (14:30-17:30)
  • Group Tutorial 1 - 23 July 2024 (09:30-10:30)
  • Assessment Preparation Session 1 - 12 August 2024 (14:30-15:30)
  • Assessment 1a (MCQ) - 26-30 August 2024

Module 2:

  • Virtual Classroom 2 - 03 September 2024 (09:30-12:30)
  • Group Tutorial 2 - 10 September 2024 (09:30-10:30)
  • Assessment Preparation Session 2 - 30 September 2024 (14:30-15:30)
  • Assessment 1b (MCQ) - 14-18 October 2024
  • Assessment 2 (Assignment) - 28 October 2024 (results 20 December 2024)

Module 3:

  • Immersive Scenario - 16 December 2024 (13:30-17:30)
  • Group Tutorial 3 - 20 December 2024 (09:30-10:30)
  • Assessment Preparation Session 3 - 20 January 2025 (14:30-15:30)
  • Assessment 1c (MCQ) - 03-07 February 2025
  • Assessment 3 (Assignment) - 17 February 2025 (results 02 May 2025)

Course Benefits

ICA Diplomas are the ICA’s flagship qualifications, recognised globally as a benchmark of competence, and although they are designed for experienced professionals, they can also be undertaken by those who hold a degree or a few years’ experience and are looking to fain advanced skills and global recognition.


This course is assessed by three written assignments (3,000 to 3,500 words).

This qualification is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester and the course fee includes a printable certificate once you have completed the course.


Learners are required to have ONE of the following to begin this course:

A degree or professional qualification in an appropriate discipline; or

Attainment of an Ica International Advanced Certificate; or

Three years’ relevant work experience

A good level of written and spoken English is also required.

In order to study any ICA qualification you need to be a member of the ICA. If you’re not currently a member of the ICA, student membership costing £75 will be added to your basket during the online checkout process.

The ICA has five different levels of individual membership. Whether you are just starting out in your career, already hold an ICA qualification or are an experienced practitioner, there is a level appropriate for you and this will be activated at the same time as your course commences.

Next Steps

Whilst the GTA facilitates the training for ICA qualifications, you need to enrol online directly with the ICA. Scroll down when you reach this page and enter Guernsey when it asks ‘Where are you based?’ You can then follow the process to enrol.

Course Tutor

  • The International Compliance Association (ICA)

    The International Compliance Association (ICA) is the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community. It is also the provider of internationally recognised, professional, certificated qualifications in anti-money laundering; governance, risk and compliance and financial crime prevention.

    Being a member of the ICA, a global community, is a mark of prestige and shows that you have reached a standard of excellence in your professional career.

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