New professional qualification in Practical Customer Due Diligence (CDD) launched by International Compliance Association

10 June 2015: The International Compliance Association (ICA) announces the launch of a brand new course in Customer Due Diligence. The ICA Advanced Certificate in Practical Customer Due Diligence (CDD) has been created to meet the growing demand for enhanced skills and scrutiny in the areas of client onboarding, KYC and CDD.

The intermediate-level course which is awarded in association with Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester is aimed at KYC Analysts and professionals who manage risk in the CDD process.  The qualification covers key risk areas such as customer identification and verification, understanding the client, establishing the nature of a relationship, beneficial ownership, managing money laundering risk, client screening and enhanced due diligence (EDD).

Bill Howarth, ICA CEO, had this to say about the new course:

“The huge penalties paid by banks in recent high profile cases have led to an increased focus on CDD by AML departments worldwide. It’s vital that client onboarding teams and customer facing staff don’t take a ‘tick box’ approach to CDD and this course provides strategies and a practical toolkit to ensure CDD is done in a meaningful and effective way. It is the only professional qualification in practical CDD. ”

In an innovative step, the workshop exercises and exam will include mock CDD documents, genuinely reflecting the practical issues encountered in the CDD environment.

The course is being offered in London initially, with other centres being added next year. It will also be available on an in-house basis through ICA’s training partner, International Compliance Training (ICT), for those firms looking to train more than 10 members of staff.

ICA is hosting an Open Day in London where you find out more about this course and other qualifications in anti money laundering, governance, risk and compliance and financial crime prevention:

Venue: De Vere Holborn Bars, London
Date & Time: 16 September 2015 (10am-12.30pm or 2pm-4.15pm)
How to attend: Attendance is free, register online at, email or call +44(0)121 362 7501.