ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Financial Crime Compliance

This executive-level academic qualification enhances and develops the strategic leadership skills of senior managers and those aspiring to hold the highest governance, risk and compliance positions within an organisation in APAC.

Course details

This Level 7 (Expert) 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. 

We collaborate with subject matter experts to ensure our content applies to practitioners working in the APAC region.




Become an ICA member

When you enrol onto this course you will join an international
community of over 20,000 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.

What will I learn?

By undertaking the whole PPG Dip, individuals will develop competencies in strategy creation and ongoing implementation, change management and continuous improvement. Skills in strategic compliance management and the utilisation of data in ongoing risk mitigation are developed, and issues around governance, ethics and stakeholder management are explored.

The importance of cultivating good corporate governance and ethical culture and how it can be implemented is a key aspect of the programme, along with the financial management, application of RegTech and FinTech and how to be an inspirational compliance leader. 

The purpose of the whole programme is to equip current and future compliance leaders with the requisite skills they need to perform to the optimum, concentrating on bottom-line performance whilst protecting both the reputation and financial performance of the first they represent and the best interests of the consumers.

Course format

Course format

  • 12 months programme comprising self-study, virtual masterclasses and group tutorial 
  • Access self-study materials via ICA Learning Management System
  • 8 modules to complete
  • Attend 1 x 3 hour virtual masterclass and 1 x 1.5 hour group tutorial per module 

Recommended study hours

  • Self-study: Recommended 80 hours (10 per module)
  • Masterclass and Group Tutorials: 36 hours
  • Reflective Journal: Recommended 24 hours (3 hour per module)
  • Competency Based Interview: 2 hours

Is this course right for me?

  • Heads of Compliance/Governance/Risk/ Financial Crime 
  • 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 

Students are eligible if they have an ICA Diploma and 5 years of experience in a senior compliance role or have completed eight years of work experience or more in a senior compliance role.  

Individuals will be required to demonstrate strategic and leadership skills in the work environment. Roles where the individuals have purely been subject to compliance requirements (e.g., Relationship Managers) or roles where they are implementing the strategy of others (e.g., compliance mid-level managers) will not be considered appropriate. Applicants will be asked to submit their CV as evidence of relevant experience and may be subject to an interview with a member of the ICTA Academic Team.

The ICA is an inclusive provider of education qualifications; please get in touch if you need additional support to undertake a study programme.

We recommend submitting a copy of your updated CV for course eligibility assessment. Please email enquiries@int-comp.org


How often does this course run?

There are three intakes a year for this course. For the latest intake dates see above.

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 ten 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, you will be eligible to become an ICA Fellow (the highest level of membership) and you will receive your first year of membership at no cost. 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 on further ICA courses and 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 qualification as pre-requisite for roles. ICA Professional Postgraduate Diplomas are unique leadership programmes designed to prepare you to hold the highest regulatory and financial crime compliance positions in a firm. Once you have completed the course you are also exclusively eligible for a master’s degree top-up offered by The University of Manchester.

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.