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ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Course details




12-month course with a mixture of guided online study and participation in live sessions. Enrol by 19 August 2024

Course Overview

This leadership programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior managers and those aspiring to hold the highest compliance positions within an organisation.

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.

Join hundreds of senior compliance professionals from over 50 countries who unlocked their leadership potential and improved their career growth opportunities with this qualification.

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.

  • Building and leading a world class compliance team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • Behavioural compliance: the role of psychology in culture and ethical behaviour
  • Keeping up with emerging regulatory developments
  • Governance, risk and compliance in the digital world
  • Applying governance, conduct and outcomes for the benefit of the organisation
  • Leading change in governance, risk, and compliance
  • Financial crime risk in the digital age

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.

Enrolments by 19 August 2024. The full schedule of dates for the programme can be found here.

This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • Heads of Compliance/Governance/Risk
  • Company Directors/Board Members
  • Compliance Managers and senior GRC staff
  • Senior Risk staff
  • Senior Internal and External Audit staff
  • Company Secretaries
  • Accountants
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Regulatory Representatives

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 £121 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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