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Professional Certificate and Diploma in Compliance

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The Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma in Compliance are offered jointly by the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI), the LIA, the Insurance Institute of Ireland and the Institute of Banking.

Candidates who successfully complete the first two modules are awarded the Professional Certificate in Compliance. A further two modules are required for the Professional Diploma in Compliance. The Institute of Banking is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). Therefore, those who successfully complete the Professional Certificate in Compliance and the Professional Diploma in Compliance receive these academic awards from UCD.

These qualifications are recognised as the benchmark qualifications for Compliance Professionals in all sectors of the financial services industry.


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“This programme gives students a core understanding of the compliance function. It explains how regulatory systems work in Ireland and in the international compliance industry. You can do it while working full-time or part-time. It is a very useful programme, which favours career progression, especially when considering the current growing importance of compliance worldwide.”



Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention

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There has been a significant increase in the complexity and volume of the regulation underpinning compliance in the area of financial crime prevention. Consequently, practitioners operating in this complex environment have to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities of ensuring ehtical and legal compliance within this regulation whilse contributing to wider organisational objectives. As well as a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework, professional practice in the area of financial crime prevention requires judgements and decsisions to be made which require considerable intellectual capability.

Admission is open to individuals with a relevant undergraduate degree in a business or legal discipline at Level 8 NFQ.  

Professional Certificate in Data Protection 

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The primary motivation underpinning the development of the Professional Certificate in Data Protection is to provide a learning opportunity for compliance and/or other relevant professionals to develop the necessary intellectual capital to ensure that their organisations meet their current and future regulatory responsibilities in relation to data protection.

Admission is open to individuals with a relevant undergraduate
degree in a business or legal discipline at Level 8 NFQ.

MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility)

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The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is a specialist pathway within the MA in Ethics offered jointly by Dublin City University and Mater Dei Institute of Education in partnership with the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI), designed to provide participants with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that are needed to design and manage within organisations the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. Participants will learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations.

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years. It leads to the award by Dublin City University of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility). The Corporate Responsibility pathway has been developed as a response to the ongoing demand for knowledge, skills and competence in business ethics and corporate responsibility. Lectures are driven by a creative and active integration between theory and practice, which is facilitated by collaborative group learning, discussions, debate and analysis of various case scenarios. The programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from MDI, the DCU Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School, the DCU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics in Financial Services.

Graduate Diploma/MSc in Compliance

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This programme will provide participants with the multi-disciplinary skills to participate more effectively in the ever-changing world of Compliance Management at the most senior level. The design of the programme has been influenced by extensive discussions with industry and compliance professionals. All modules will be taught by recognised leaders in the particular subject/module area. The MSc in Compliance is awarded by University College Dublin (level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

Students will study six modules over three semesters for a Graduate Diploma in Compliance
Students who achieve an honours award classification in the Graduate Diploma are eligible for the award of a MSc in Compliance on the successful completion of two additional modules.

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