Our qualifications help compliance professionals develop relevant knowledge and best practice for operating within the fields of governance, risk and compliance, financial crime prevention and anti money laundering (AML). Awarded in conjunction with the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, you can be assured that you are studying for a worthwhile qualification that is the benchmark of excellence.

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The ICA awards qualifications at Certificate level (assessed at level 2), Advanced Certificate level (assessed at level 4), Diploma level (assessed at level 6) and Professional Post Graduate level programmes (assessed at level 7). The Certificate level qualifications align with benchmarks established for The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The qualifications at levels 4 - 7 align with benchmarks established by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which are mapped in accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are quality assured through the University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School. All named awards comply with the regulatory requirements for the RQF and FHEQ and higher level awards are devised in line with QAA guidance and descriptions of standards.

UK Finance

UK Finance is the leading association for the banking sector in the UK and formally endorses all ICA qualifications.

Alliance Manchester Business School: Original Thinking Applied

Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) was established in 1965 as one of the UK’s first two business schools. The School holds three accreditations from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and forms part of the prestigious University of Manchester, UK, which is home to 25 Nobel Prize winners.

‘Original Thinking Applied’ is at the heart of everything AMBS does. The School is ranked 2nd in the UK for research power (REF 2014) and its influential research impacts all areas of business and management – from accounting and health management to big data and human rights.

AMBS provides world-class, industry-focused education to undergraduates, postgraduates and executives from across the globe. Its MBA is ranked in the UK’s top 5 and its customised Executive Education courses are ranked 3rd in the UK (Financial Times 2020).

The University’s centres in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore open up a world of opportunities for AMBS’ students, researchers and clients, and the School’s growing alumni community includes 60,000 graduates across 176 countries.

Committed to making a difference, AMBS supports and highlights research that will make a positive difference to society, addressing the major challenges faced in the 21st century. The School also prepares its graduates to exercise ethical, social and environmental responsibility at local, regional, national and international levels.

 

 

 

National Occupational Standards of Competence

ICA qualifications are mapped against the National Occupational Standards (NOS) of Competence produced by the Financial Skills Partnership (FSP), which is now an organisation within Universal Skills (formed from Skills for Justice, Skills for Health and the Financial Skills Partnership). The NOS were originally produced by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) with the support of ICA. The ICA’s qualifications are mapped against NOS for Compliance, Anti Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention. ICA continues to support the development, maintenance and use of NOS, contributing to the updating of the three NOS suites in 2016.

 

The Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore

The IBF Standards is a set of internationally-benchmarked competency standards, developed by the industry, for the industry. It is a comprehensive quality assurance framework with both an accreditation and a certification system.

The IBF Standards a practice-oriented approach to talent development for financial practitioners. Certification under the IBF Standards is an industry endorsed mark of quality that recognises individuals who exhibits professional excellence, integrity and commitment to the industry.

The Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit industry association to foster and develop the professional competencies of the financial sector.

 

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

The ICA’s qualifications offered in Singapore receive national recognition from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). MAS is Singapore's central bank, and supervises the banking, insurance, securities and futures industries, and also manages Singapore's exchange rate, foreign reserves and liquidity in the banking sector. MAS is an integrated supervisor overseeing all financial institutions in Singapore: banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and the stock exchange. 
MAS recognition of ICA qualifications is quality assured: the qualifications are aligned to the FICS certification requirements and to nationally recognised workforce skills qualifications (WSQ). The quality of WSQ is assured by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

 

Credit Consortia

The ICA is a member of the South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation & Transfer (SEEC) a highly respected authority in the existing and developing field of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) at higher education levels. SEEC serves as a reference point on credit-based learning, structures and processes in the UK and, now, in the developing field of European credit. SEEC provide credit level descriptors for Higher Education qualifications: the ICA’s criteria, standards and qualifications align with SEEC’s descriptors.

Northern Universities Consortium

The ICA is a member of the Northern Universities Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer (NUCCAT). The Northern Universities Consortium (NUCCAT) is drawn from Higher Education Institutions across northern and central England and Northern Ireland. NUCCAT provides a forum for practitioners with an interest in implementation and regulation of credit-based curricula.

Malaysia

Since 1977, the Institute of Bankers Malaysia (IBBM) has borne the standard of the financial services industry. Now known as the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), the Institute’s aim is to champion the vision of professionalising bankers by raising the industry relevance and standards of its education, as well as leading and upholding the esteemed Chartered Banker status.

Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria has tied educational and experience requirements to their “Approved Persons Framework” for all levels of appointment specified for banks and ICA qualifications feature in this framework.

United Arab Emirates

The ICA is a member of the South East England Consortium for Credit Accumulation & Transfer (SEEC) a highly respected authority in the existing and developing field of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) at higher education levels. SEEC serves as a reference point on credit-based learning, structures and processes in the UK and, now, in the developing field of European credit. SEEC provide credit level descriptors for Higher Education qualifications: the ICA’s criteria, standards and qualifications align with SEEC’s descriptors.

 

Bahamas

The Central Bank of the Bahamas is the supervisor of banks for the Bahamas and includes ICA qualifications as evidence of competence within its rulebook. In collaboration with financial institutions, the Central Bank has the duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct and management in the provision of banking and trust services.

Jersey

The Jersey Financial Services Commission includes ICA qualifications as evidence of competence within its rulebook: the ICA qualifications appear in table 4, ‘Professional Qualifications’.

Guernsey

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission includes ICA qualifications as evidence of competence within its rulebook. The Guernsey Training Agency (GTA) University, formerly part of the GFSC, is the ICA’s approved training provider in Guernsey.

Isle of Man (IoM)

The ICA’s qualifications are listed in the approved professional qualifications within the IoM Financial Supervision Commission Training and Competence Framework as evidence of competence for Compliance and MLRO roles.

South Africa

Navigate Compliance is a boutique training and advisory firm with a keen focus on regulatory compliance. Our aim is to provide customised and cost-effective advisory and training solutions to clients across different sectors and regions. They are a team of professionals with expertise in regulatory risk, training, eLearning, coaching and project management. They pool our unique skill sets to create customised solutions that are relevant, flexible and engaging.

Pakistan

Sigma Risk prides itself on its capabilities to offer bespoke financial crime risk management services to clients across the globe. They are an official training partner of ICA in Pakistan.

Cameroon

Integra Vocational Training Center and consulting IVTC-C is a vocational training centre accredited by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (MINFOP). They organise training for individuals and organisations of all sizes and in all sectors, in the domains of compliance, fraud, insurance, internal audit and various ISO standards.

Mexico

AMPEC was founded in 2017 in México as a non profit by a group of professionals to promote the professional development of Ethics & Compliance Officers in México through a formal professional association organisation. Today, it is the most relevant compliance organisation in the country with close to 100 members representing the most relevant companies in Mexico, and more than 1250 followers.

Canada

Astris Compliance & Risk Solutions is a consultancy firm, advising and supporting companies, financial institutions and other reporting entities on how to implement effective compliance and risk management programs. Specialisations include development to delivery of programs, policies and training on financial crimes, regulatory risk, reputational risk, and general risk management.

Ukraine

Established in 1999, the EBA provides a forum in which members can discuss and find solutions to common problems affecting business in Ukraine. This initiative was initially supported by the European Commission and has grown to become one of the largest and most influential business communities in the country.

Compliance Associations

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Association of Compliance Officers Greece (ASCO)

Athens-based ASCO Greece aims to promote the compliance profession, provide its members with CPD around AML and compliance and disseminate the importance of compliance to the general public.

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Czech Compliance Association (CCA)

The CCA is comprised of compliance officers, corporate lawyers and professional officers who are all on the front line of compliance, dealing with regulatory change. Both the CCA and the ICA ensure that these professionals are in receipt of up-to-date and relevant information.

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European Institute for Compliance and Ethics (EICE)

EICE is a private institute that ensures research and development are at the forefront of the compliance profession. Activities are undertaken primarily in corporate compliance and ethics. The EICE is committed to the development of the compliance professional in Slovenia and the wider region.

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Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers (GACO)

Gibraltar-based GACO is committed to the professional development of compliance within the Gibraltar Finance Region.

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Malta Association of Compliance Officers (MACO)

MACO is the standard-setting body in Malta for accreditation, certification and qualification of compliance officers within Maltese financial services and acts as an industry voice for compliance professionals on the island.

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Asociación para el Fomento del Cumplimiento Normativo (ACN)

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Asociacion Española de Auditores Socio-Laborales (CEAL)

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Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC)

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Asociación Europea De Abogados Y Economistas En Compliance (AEAEC)

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Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC)

The APCC is a ‘not for profit’ association, and the only one recognised by the FCA.  We create a dynamic link between all regulators and regulated firms. Our members have a vital role in leading, influencing and embedding regulatory change.

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ICA Corporate Members

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Nationwide

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and the second largest mortgages provider in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers and members.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 18,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Since our founding in 1850, one thing has remained constant: our unwavering commitment to earn our customers’ loyalty for the long haul. That standard of excellence guides us today. We promise to understand, respect and back our customers, and help them on their personal journeys. Because when our customers thrive, so do we.

Recruitment Firms

Broadgate Search

Broadgate Search is a specialist governance recruitment business. We are market leaders in the regulatory and financial services sector. We have divisions with an international reach based in London and Dublin and are looking to further expansion to reinforce our status as one of the fastest growing recruitment specialists. 

 

Kind Consultancy

Kind Consultancy is an Executive Search and Headhunting firm, specialising in both interim and permanent, Middle, Senior and Board Level positions within Governance, Risk & Compliance and Information Security. We develop in-depth working relationships with a small number of pre-eminent businesses who have a desire to recruit the very best. Kind Consultancy prides itself in making a difference to our client’s market positioning and assisting in furthering our candidate’s careers.


Morgan McKinley

Morgan McKinley is a global professional recruitment consultancy, connecting specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines. Morgan McKinley's Compliance Contract Team has a 15 year track record sourcing exceptional talent for the London market.

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