ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Course level : Level 7 - Expert

The next course starts on 14 March 2022

This leadership programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior managers and those aspiring to hold the highest compliance positions within an organisation.

This expert-level 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.

Join hundreds of senior compliance professionals from over 50 countries who unlocked their leadership potential and improved their career growth opportunities with this qualification.

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




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.

This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • Heads of Compliance/Governance/Risk
  • 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

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 icainfo@int-comp.org or by uploading a copy of your documents when you apply online.

ICA qualification levels explained:

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.

  • Building and leading a world class compliance team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • Behavioural compliance: the role of psychology in culture and ethical behaviour
  • Keeping up with emerging regulatory developments
  • Governance, risk and compliance in the digital world
  • Applying governance, conduct and outcomes for the benefit of the organisation
  • Leading change in governance, risk and compliance
  • Financial crime risk in the digital age
  • Twelve-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 over four weekends.
  • Eight group tutorials that give the opportunity to reflect, interpret and apply the knowledge from the masterclasses.
  • (Optional) Five 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.

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.

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.

Find out more about the many benefits of ICA membership.

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. 

Exclusive Qualification Discount for ICA Professional and Fellow Members
ICA Professional and Fellow members are entitled to discounted rates on subsequent qualifications :

Professional (MICA) - 10%
Fellow (FICA) – 15%

Simply enter your membership number on enrolment to gain your exclusive discounted rate.

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

Graduates of this course have exclusive access to the new MSc Financial Crime and Compliance in Digital Societies developed by the University of Manchester in association with ICA. This 12-month, blended programme will help you gain the digital edge in financial crime compliance. More information here. or download the brochure here.

If you’re from a low GDP country, you can add 15% discount in the checkout when purchasing this course. Please see full list of applicable countries.

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Expert support

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Jonathan Bowdler

Head of Regulatory Compliance

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David Jackman

Author | NED | MD - The Ethical Space

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Paul Asare-Archer

Director of Compliance – Telefonica UK (O2)

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Paul Eccleson MSc

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

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Help and support

Alternatively contact us on: +44(0)121 362 7534 / icainfo@int-comp.org (Course information) or +44(0)121 362 7533 / learningsupport@int-comp.org (Enrolled learners)