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ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance

Course details




12-month course with a mixture of guided online study and participation in live session. Enrol by 05 August 2024

Course Overview

This leadership programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior practitioners and those aspiring to hold the highest anti money laundering/financial crime prevention position within a firm.

This expert-level qualification offers:

  • Specialist knowledge – the highest level in the field
  • Strategic thinking – helps your leadership ambitions
  • Innovation – explores new ideas, best practice, and future developments from a global perspective
  • Fellowship of ICA – become automatically eligible for the highest grade of membership
  • Networking – grow with other like-minded, senior professionals.

With a focus on anti-money laundering, managing fraud and anti-bribery, and corruption, this qualification has helped hundreds of senior financial crime compliance professionals from all over the world unlock career growth opportunities.

This qualification is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.

Course Content

The syllabus covers a variety of key issues relevant at a senior level and is designed to provide an insight into the risks and potential hurdles faced by your organisation. The syllabus is delivered by an exclusive series of high-profile masterclasses covering relevant topics.

  • Standards, research and assessment
  • Financial crime risks: science or art?
  • Ethics, corporate governance and responsibility
  • Managing the internal AML enemy
  • Cyber security: threats to the organisation
  • FinTech and financial crime compliance
  • Fraud and internal threat
  • Risk based approach: too busy or too afraid
  • Sanctions: a changing landscape

This course is delivered over 12 months with materials delivered online for you to study in your own time and at your own pace including:

  • Eight 3-hour live, virtual masterclasses over four weekends.
  • Eight group tutorials that give the opportunity to reflect, interpret and apply the knowledge from the masterclasses
  • (Optional) Five live, virtual classrooms spread over the duration of the course, designed to support the networking element of the course as well as focus on the latest global developments.

The full schedule of dates for the programme can be found here.

This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • Heads of Compliance, AML, Financial Crime Prevention and Risk
  • Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Managers
  • Senior internal and External Audit roles
  • Company Secretaries
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Regulatory Representatives and FIU staff
  • Law enforcement
  • Company Directors/Board Members

The next course dates are as follows:

Next enrolment by: 5 September 2024.

Welcome & Orientation Virtual Classroom

  • Welcome & Orientation Virtual Classroom - 08 August 2024 (12:00-13:30)

Masterclass Weekend 1

  • Masterclass 1: Financial Crime Risk Management: Science or Art? (David Artingstall) - 06 September 2024 (13:00-16:00)
  • Masterclass 2: Cyber Security: Emerging Threats to the Organisation (Oscar O'Connor) - 07 September 2024 (09:00-12:00)

Masterclass Weekend Tutorial

  • Masterclass Weekend 1 Tutorial (Jonathan Bowdler) - 11 September 2024 (14:30-16:30)

Masterclass Weekend 2

  • Masterclass 3: Creating and maintaining an effective ESG strategy (David Jackman - 11 October 2024 (13:00-16:00)
  • Masterclass 4: Sanctions: A Changing Landscape (Teodora Harrop) - 12 October 2024 (09:00-12:00)

Masterclass Weekend Tutorial

  • Masterclass Weekend 2 Tutorial (Jonathan Bowdler) - 16 October 2024 (14:30-16:30)

Assessment Preparation 1

  • Preparing your Reflective Journal Draft Submission - 30 October 2024 (09:30-11:00)

Submission of draft masterclass evaluation of one Masterclass of your choice, by 25 November 2024 to receive feedback within 6 weeks (10 January 2025).

Assessment Guidance

  • Assessment Guidance - 16 January 2025 (09:30-11:00)

Masterclass Weekend 3

  • Masterclass 5: Data Management in Financial Crime Prevention (Emmet McParland) - 07 February 2025 (13:00-16:00)
  • Masterclass 6: Fraud & Internal Threats (Rowena Fell) - 08 February 2025 (09:00-12:00)

Masterclass Weekend Tutorial

  • Masterclass Weekend 3 Tutorial (Jonathan Bowdler) - 12 February 2025 (09:30-11:30)

Masterclass Weekend 4

  • Masterclass 7: Understanding the Drivers of Criminal Activity (Paul Eccleson) - 07 March 2025 (13:00-16:00)
  • Masterclass 8: Effectively Applying the Risk Based Approach to Financial Crime (Catherine Fleuty) - 08 March 2025 (09:00-12:00)

Masterclass Weekend Tutorial

  • Masterclass Weekend 4 Tutorial (Jonathan Bowdler) - 12 March 2025 (09:30-11:30)

Assessment Preparation 2 & 3

  • Preparing your Reflective Journal Submission (VC4) - 03 April 2025 (14:30-16:00)
  • Assessment Interview Preparation (VC5) - 13 May 2025 (14:30-16:00)

Submission of Reflective Journal & National Standards by 28 April 2025.

Virtual Oral Assessments will take place during the weeks commencing 2 & 9 June 2025.

(Results - 17 July 2025)

Course Benefits

These expert-level qualifications are designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior professionals or those aspiring to be Heads of Compliance/AML/Financial Crime Prevention.


This course is assessed through the creation of a reflective journal consisting of eight masterclass commentaries (1,000 to 1,500 words) and a 2-to-3-hour competency-based interview.

This qualification is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.


Admission is strictly selective. To be eligible, you must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Hold a (first) degree and be a senior practitioner (i.e. hold a senior management role) with at least three years’ experience in that role or at the equivalent level of seniority.
  • Hold an ICA diploma and have at least five years’ experience in a related discipline and currently work in a role that includes senior level responsibilities and regular engagement with senior practitioners.
  • Have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant senior management role.

Please note that your eligibility will be assessed by the ICA before being accepted onto the course. You can do this be sending your CV and Job Description directly to [email protected] or by uploading a copy of your documents when you apply online.

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

To study any ICA qualification, you need to be a member of the ICA for the duration of your studies. If you’re not currently a member of the ICA, a membership fee of £110 will be payable for Associate Membership.

Next Steps

Whilst the GTA facilitates the training for ICA qualifications, you need to enrol online directly with the ICA. When you reach this page the ‘Enrol now’ button is at the top right of the page

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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