Did you know that 2-5 % of the global GDP is related to money laundering? In 2019, global GDP was at 145$ trillion — 5 % of it is over 7$ trillion; that's roughly the size of Japan's economy. Similarly, terror organizations have long threatened our lives. It is estimated that terrorists kill an average of 21,000 people worldwide each year.

Money laundering and terrorist financing are global challenges, and the prevention of these crimes is a core area for many regulators and organizations worldwide.

In this Certificate Program, you will acquire relevant foundational knowledge about money laundering and anti-money laundering (AML) as well as terrorist financing and counter-terrorist financing (CTF). In addition, you will learn practical concepts to implement AML/CTF measures, including policies/procedures and suspicious activity reports (SAR).

This Certificate Program also covers foundational knowledge of customer due diligence (CDD) and know your customer (KYC). Understanding CDD/KYC in the context of AML/CTF is crucial for organizations and professionals working in compliance and anti-financial crime.

This course is officially awarded under an exclusive partnership with the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM)  — A unique opportunity to receive a dual certificate from a business school.


Program Overview

  • Learning Objectives
    • Understand money laundering and terrorist financing 
    • Explain how money laundering and terrorist financing work in practice
    • Comprehend money laundering and terrorist financing examples
    • Understand Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF)
    • Identify key AML/CTF compliance concepts in practice
    • Learn about the risk-based approach (RBA), policies/procedures, suspicious activity reports (RBA), etc.
    •  Understand customer due diligence (CDD) and know your customer (KYC)
    • Identify different levels of risk and customer due diligence
  • Target Audience
    • Professionals wanting to acquire and demonstrate specialized knowledge in AML and Compliance 
    • Professionals wanting to increase their value through a better understanding of AML and Compliance 
    • Professionals wanting to build a comprehensive AML and Compliance knowledge 
    • Career starters and students wanting to get an edge in AML and Compliance
  • Requirements

    For participating in this Certificate Program, you will need an electronic device with online video-viewing capabilities (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc.). You will need no previous knowledge in compliance or anti-financial crime, although this is helpful. A background in business, legal, or finance might also be beneficial but is not required.

  • Teaching Method

    This course is presented entirely online. Modules can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the "Foundational Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC)" by the Financial Crime Academy and the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM).

Tangible Career Impact

If you are just starting out and want to acquire foundational knowledge, or you have in the industry for years and want to polish your skills, this Certificate Program is for you. Accelerate your compliance and anti-financial crime career with this Certificate Program!

  • Accelerate your compliance career by acquiring in-demand skills.

  • Increase your knowledge and prepare for financial crime risks in a professional environment.

  • Obtain the Certificate to improve your resumé and get access to stellar opportunities.

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Is This Program For You?

Completing this course demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional development and dedication to effectively safeguard organizations against financial crime risk. The average study time for this course is one to two weeks, but can be completed sooner depending on your pace. The successful completion is awarded with the Foundational Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) issued by Financial Crime Academy and Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

What You Will Get From This Course

  • In-Demand Skills

    Gain the relevant knowledge to ensure that you are supporting your firm and progressing your career.

  • Career Credential

    Get a business school certificate with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

  • Flexibility

    Study on-demand and at your own pace, regardless of where you are in the world.

  • Community

    Get access to our exclusive LinkedIn group with 1,000+ like-minded professionals and experts.

  • Course Material

    Download supplementary course material such as the comprehensive course study guide.

  • Quiz Questions

    Test your knowledge with multiple-choice questions and determine which skills you have mastered!

What Financial Crime Professionals are saying

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Ruud Hamers — Fraud, OSINT and KYC investigator

“The online training from Financial Crime Academy helped me to better understand risk management and corporate governance in the FinTech industry. The skills I have acquired are invaluable for risk management, and forensic investigations and helped me accelerate my career.”

Kunle Taiwo — Digital Forensics Detective and Investigator

“The course was very comprehensive, thorough and detailed, at the same time it was easy to understand. Excellent presentation of the lecturer. Highly recommend!”

Anna Latiseva — AML/KYC Officer

“The Financial Crime Academy is a great institution to kickstart your foundational knowledge or improve your already existing knowledge of financial crime. The courses are straight forward and easy to understand. I will definitely get a lot out of this for my career.”

Eki Yerin — Compliance/Operations Coordinator

“As somebody trying to break into the Anti-Money Laundering field, I’ve found that the courses offered by Financial Crimes Academy have been great. The courses provide a simple, yet comprehensive overview of the various aspects of AML. Strongly recommended if you are looking to gain an introductory understanding or to strengthen what you already know.”

Jeff Z. — Analytical Researcher

“I have taken three courses from FCA. I have chosen FCA because they offered the most comprehensive and detailed program about the financial crimes-related topics available on the market. Thank you for your work! I am looking forward to new courses.”

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