ICA Advanced Certificate in Regulatory & Financial Crime Compliance (Singapore)

Course level : ICA Advanced Certificates

Please note that this course is not mapped in accordance with the levels set within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The evolving regulatory landscape has resulted in a need for compliance professionals with the skills needed for the future. The ICA Advanced Certificate in Regulatory & Financial Crime Compliance with three specialisations has been developed in line with the recently revised Skills Framework for Financial Services and are suitable for those new to compliance/financial crime or in a junior role. It is also useful for those who wish to certify existing knowledge via a globally recognised qualification. 

This course will help you develop a good understanding of compliance fundamentals as well as gain specialist knowledge and skills in a particular compliance area (advisory, monitoring or financial crime).  

This course is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.


As a part of a syllabus which covers a range of compliance and financial crime areas, all students will study:  

  • Background Module: Products and services in the financial sector 
  • Core Module 1: Regulatory and Financial Crime Compliance
  • Core Module 2: Identifying and reporting compliance risk 
  • Core Module 3: Developing a compliance culture 
  • Core Module 4: Leveraging Data for Business Advantage 

Then, choose ONE of the following specialist topics:

Compliance Advisory: 

  • Policy implementation and revision 
  • Corporate governance 

Compliance Monitoring: 

  • Monitoring and surveillance 
  • Corporate governance 

Financial Crime Compliance: 

  • Policy implementation and revision 
  • Customer acceptance checking and onboarding


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    • New graduates (all disciplines)
    • New entrants to financial services who wish to enhance their career opportunities 
    • Those already working to build a career in compliance/financial crime within financial services 
    • Those who wish to certify their existing compliance knowledge and demonstrate benchmarked levels of competence. 

The courses are open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in compliance. However, the content of the programme requires students to possess

  • a diploma or degree in any discipline
  • some prior working experience in a financial institution

This 22-week intensive programme comprises self-study and attendance at 8 x 3-hour evening workshops or virtual classrooms in Singapore.  

The self-study is delivered through the ICA Learning Management System. This consists of a series of engaging, interactive digital modules, which are mobile optimised. The learning is broken down into bite-sized elements where progress can be tracked. It is also designed to incorporate mixed media and frequent knowledge checks. 

The workshops/virtual classrooms are provided to complement the Core Modules and are activity-based, being led by facilitators who are experienced practitioners. The emphasis is firmly placed on the practical application of knowledge and ‘learning together’ through a variety of exercises, case studies and research tasks. The workshops/virtual classrooms will host students from all three qualification streams, so also provide an excellent networking opportunity.  

Recommended study hours

Self-study 160 hours   (4hrs x 20weeks)
Face to face workshops     24 hours
Invigilated Exam 3 hours 15 mins


  • A 3,000 - 3,500 words assignment (focused on Core Modules) 
  • One x 3 hour 15 min closed-book, invigilated short answer questions examination (one assessment paper with 24 questions - 12 questions for each Specialist Module)
  • Weightage: Assignment – 60%, Examination - 40%

Upon completion, you will be rewarded: 

  • ICA Advanced Certificate In Regulatory And Financial Crime Compliance (Advisory) or
  • ICA Advanced Certificate In Regulatory And Financial Crime Compliance (Monitoring) or
  • ICA Advanced Certificate In Regulatory And Financial Crime Compliance (Financial Crime) 

In addition, participants who successfully complete this course and fulfil the required number of Technical Skills and Competencies (TSCs) for the selected job role can apply to be conferred the IBF Qualified (IBFQ) certification status.

Find out more about IBF certification and the application process here.

This programme has been accredited under the IBF Standards, and is eligible for funding under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS), subject to all eligibility criteria being met.

Candidates are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles. Find out more about IBF Certification here

IBF-STS provides 70% funding for direct training costs subject to a cap of S$3,000 per candidate per programme subject to all eligibility criteria being met.

Find out more on www.ibf.org.sg

Email enquiries@int-comp.org or call +65 6500 0010 for further information. 

Chat with us via WhatsApp @ +65 8660 5808 or Telegram @icaAPAC 

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