ICA Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk

Gain the technical and interpersonal skills to be able to manage sanctions risk effectively.

Course details

Sanctions risk is a complex area and those who manage the risk need the right combination of knowledge, capabilities and behaviours to do so effectively.

  • Gain unique technical knowledge – acquire a deeper understanding of sanctions architecture, screening and the control framework
  • Enhance your practical skillset – develop your critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication
  • Leadership – be empowered to make effective decisions quickly and manage resources appropriately
  • Take your career to the next level – gain an internationally recognised qualification awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester

Course date: 23 September 2024

Course dates, fees and enrol now:

Applicable local taxes, membership fees, and discounts will be added to your basket on checkout. If you are paying by instalments, you must purchase ICA membership in a separate transaction before you enrol onto this course.

Instalment payment plan

Want to spread the cost of this course? Find out more about instalment payment plan.

What will I learn?

  • Global sanctions architecture – sanctions in context 
  • How sanctions regimes are implemented 
  • Evolving scope of sanctions – a changing tool 
  • Sector-based sanctions 
  • Identifying higher risk jurisdictions and activities 
  • Transparency, control, and ownership 
  • Licensing and permissible payments 
  • Management of global exposure to unilateral and regional sanctions 
  • Developing the control framework 
  • Sanctions screening 
  • Incident management and holding of sanctioned funds 
  • Sanctions lifting and roll back

Course format

A flexible, part-time, nine-month course designed for busy, working professionals. A mix of guided, online study and attendance at live, virtual classrooms delivered through award-winning interactive technology.

The course is assessed through:

  • 3 x timed end-of-module assessments – comprising multiple choice questions that test knowledge, understanding and analytical skills
  • 1 x written assignment with industry sector focus
  • 1 x written, case-study based assignment connecting up the elements of your learning

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This course is suitable for mid to senior level professionals working in any industry sector, including international trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and financial services, in roles such as:

  • Heads of sanctions, sanctions managers and sanctions team leaders 
  • MLROs, compliance managers, financial crime managers and risk managers 
  • Accountants, lawyers and consultants 

You will need a good standard of spoken and written English and ONE of the following:

  • Sound educational background, e.g. degree/professional qualification in an appropriate discipline, or
  • Attainment of an ICA International Advanced Certificate, or
  • Three years' relevant work experience

Become an ICA member

When you enrol onto this course you will join an international
community of over 30,000 members. Benefits include:

  • Access to the uniquely personalised ICA Learning Hub
  • Weekly webinars covering the latest industry
  • Discounts on ICA events and further ICA courses

The fee for ICA membership will be added separately to your basket when you enrol online for this course.

ICA Essentials – Managing Sanctions Risk

Discover the fundamentals of managing sanctions risk in this live, 3-hour workshop.

ICA Essentials – Financial Crime Prevention

Discover the fundamentals of financial crime prevention in this live, 3-hour workshop.


View frequently asked questions below:

How often does this course run?

There are three intakes per year for this course: March, July and September.

What payment options are there?

If you are self-funding, can pay for the course in full by credit or debit card or pay in eight interest-free instalments. If your employer is paying for the course you can select the invoice option when enrolling online.

Discounts for low GDP countries?

If you reside in one of the countries on this list you will receive a 15% discount on this course. The discount will automatically be added at checkout when you enrol.

Does the course fee include local tax?

Local tax if applicable will be added to your basket on check out.

Why do I need to be a member of ICA to do this course?

As a professional, awarding body ICA requires you to be an Associate member while you’re studying for your course (unless you are already a member). You will benefit from being part of a global, like-minded community and will receive access to additional resources, insight and learning to support your studies. Once you’ve completed your course, renewing your membership showcases your commitment to ongoing learning and continues to provide you with a range of benefits including digital badges to share on social media and discounts for ICA’s global events.

How will this course make me stand out from the crowd?

ICA qualifications are internationally recognised as evidence of high levels of competence in regulatory and financial crime compliance. Many employers all over the world specify an ICA Diploma as a pre-requisite for roles. The course is unique and designed to not only enhance your knowledge and skills but also develop your behaviours. You will gain technical, specialist knowledge but also vital critical thinking and interpersonal skills to help advance your career. 

How much self-study time do I need to set aside?

We recommend that you allow for 2-4 hours study per week but plan to increase this around your times of assessment.