Our qualifications help compliance professionals develop relevant knowledge and best practice for operating within the fields of governance, risk and compliance, financial crime prevention and anti money laundering (AML). Awarded in conjunction with the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, you can be assured that you are studying for a worthwhile qualification that is the benchmark of excellence.

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ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance (FCC)

Course level : Expert

The next intake for this online course begins in November 2020 so hurry to secure your place.

This executive programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior practitioners and those aspiring to hold the highest AML/financial crime position within a firm. With a focus on AML, managing fraud and anti-bribery and corruption, this course has helped hundreds of senior financial crime compliance professionals from all over the world unlock career growth opportunities.

  • Demonstrate the highest level of specialist knowledge and skills in your field
  • Drive your personal leadership ambitions and accelerate your effectiveness as a manager
  • Develop new ideas, explore innovative best practice and gain a global perspective
  • Drive effective change and re-evaluate your approach to the challenges you face
  • Become automatically eligible for Fellowship of the International Compliance Association (the highest grade of membership)

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


This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • Heads of Compliance, AML, Financial Crime Prevention and Risk
  • Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Managers
  • Senior Internal and External Audit roles
  • Company Secretaries
  • Legal practitioners
  • Regulatory representatives and FIU staff
  • Law enforcement
  • Company Directors/Board Members

Admission is strictly selective. In order to be eligible, you must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • hold a (first) degree and be a senior practitioner (i.e. hold a senior management role) with at least three years’ experience in that role or at the equivalent level of seniority;


  • hold an ICA Diploma and have at least five years’ experience in a related discipline and currently work in a role that includes senior level responsibilities and regular engagement with senior practitioners


  • have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant senior management role.

Please note that your eligibility will be assessed before being accepted on to the course. You can do this by sending your CV & Job Description directly to studentservices@int-comp.org or by uploading a copy of your documents when you apply online.

The organisation is committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our programmes are free from unlawful discrimination related to protected characteristics. These protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Our online application form advises applicants that consideration is made for those with specific learning needs and support is available in most circumstances.

The syllabus covers a variety of key issues relevant at a senior level and is designed to provide an insight into risks and potential hurdles faced by your organisation. The syllabus is delivered by an exclusive series of high-profile masterclasses covering relevant topics.

  • Standards, research and assessment
  • Financial crime risks: science or art?
  • Ethics, corporate governance & responsibility 
  • Managing the internal AML enemy 
  • Cyber security: threats to the organisation
  • FinTech and financial crime compliance
  • Fraud and internal threat
  • Risk based approach: too busy or too afraid
  • Sanctions: a changing landscape

We are hoping that courses commencing in 2021 will be offered as a face to face option but this is dependent on government guidelines. Alternatively if the course is unable to go ahead in this format, we will continue with our virtual option.

If you are interested in registering your interest for the face to face option, please email us at studentservices@int-comp.org

  • 9 to 12-month course with materials delivered online for you to study in your own time and at your own pace
  • Eight 3-hour live, virtual masterclasses covering the topics above
  • Seven live, virtual classrooms spread over the duration of the course, designed to support the networking element of the course as well as focus on the latest global developments
  • Assessed through the creation of a reflective journal consisting of eight masterclass commentaries (1,000 -1,500 words) and a 2 to 3 hour competency-based interview.
  • Download course timetable for the next intake here 

Holders of this qualification can apply for Master of Science Online postgraduate degree offered by the University of Law  as well as for MPhil degrees offered by The University of Manchester Alliance Business School. You may also receive Approved Prior Learning (APL) towards other university master’s degrees where there is overlap in course content.

In order to study for an ICA qualification you will need to become a member of ICA. If you're not currently a member of the ICA, membership will be added to your basket during checkout.

We have five different levels of individual membership. Whether you are just starting out in your career, already hold an ICA qualification or are an experienced practitioner, there is a level appropriate for you and this will be activated at the same time as your course commences.


Course fees 

Online format £7495
Residential format £7995

Course fess stated exclude VAT or local tax, this will be added to your basket at the checkout if applicable.

Once you have been accepted onto the course, if you are funding the course yourself, we offer an interest-free instalment plan of ten equal monthly payments. 

Payment can be made by credit card, bankers draft/cheque or via a wire transfer (bank details available on request).

Membership Fee: £75* (Student membership)

*Payable unless you are already an ICA Member. 

We have full syllabi available for all of our qualifications. Click here to download a syllabus.

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Alternatively contact us on +44(0)121 362 7534 / studentservices@int-comp.org (Qualifications)
or +44(0)121 362 7747 / membership@int-comp.org (Membership)