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Meet an ICA member: Micaela Madureira

Written by #MeetAnICAMember on Friday April 5, 2019

Meet an ICA member: Micaela Madureira

I have been working in compliance, at Banco Carregosa, a small-scale bank in Portugal, since 2009.

I first heard about ICA in 2014. At that time, I already understood that it was not enough to learn from experience alone, despite experience being an invaluable source of learning. I perceived that I needed a more structured and holistic approach to the learning process.


I started my journey to be recognised as an expert practitioner with baby steps, beginning with an ICA Specialist Certificate and following it up with the ICA Certificate in Anti Money Laundering. After this, I was lucky enough to be in the very first cohort of the ICA Advanced Certificate in Practical Customer Due Diligence (CDD), a course that I really enjoyed.


A year later, on the day I received my International Diploma in AML results, I applied to be a Professional Member of the International Compliance Association (MICA). Why did I do that? Because I reasoned that if I was to take my continuous professional development seriously, then it was worth having access to exclusive content, discounts on qualifications and a user-friendly CPD log.


My goal, since the very beginning of my journey with ICA, was to be approved for the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma. However, after finishing my Diploma, I did not immediately enrol onto this course as, at that moment of my career, I believed it would be better to balance my knowledge in the financial crime and regulatory compliance fields.


This is one of the advantages of ICA: it is up to you to define your own journey. You can mix the qualifications and the CPD content in a way that better suits your needs.



Now, I have accomplished my long-standing goal, becoming a competent professional by completing the ICA Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance.
I recommend this programme for anyone in a senior management position in financial crime compliance, due to the depth of content that is available on the learning platform and through the masterclasses led by people who have long been working in financial crime compliance.

Furthermore, I recommend this programme because of the opportunities to interact with your colleagues, sharing with them your concerns, your achievements and your reflections.


I feel that ‘reflection’ is the most important aspect of this programme. If you do this course, you will find yourself wondering every single day how you are applying what you have learnt, how you can make your team more efficient and how you can identify the unavoidable steps on your organisation’s maturity journey. By the end, you will be a better professional almost without noticing.


Now that I have finished my course, what am I going to do? 

The first thing I had on my to-do list is already done: I have applied to be a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA), because I want to be part of a group of experts who intend to make compliance better understood and respected. It is a way of continuing to improve myself and at the same time, giving back to ICA.


Just two final notes - the first for those who work in small-scale enterprises and the second for those who are not native English speakers:

  • Just because you do not work in a multinational organisation with thousands of employees does not mean that the ICA training journey or membership is not suitable for you. I would say it is exactly the opposite. If you belong to a smaller organisation, it is likely you frequently miss the opportunity to discuss compliance matters with other experts. Your classmates and other members of ICA will help you overcome this.


  • To the non-native English speakers, I know how scary it can seem studying and being evaluated in English. My advice is that, if you do not feel comfortable yet, start with courses that are assessed through multiple choice questions (the ICA Certificates and the Specialist Certificates) and read as much as you can, about compliance and other matters, in English. It takes time, but you will get through it. I am here to prove you that the ICA journey is not only for native English speakers.


Good luck and all the best to all compliance professionals!


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