All education programmes ACOI members take with the exception of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) awarded by DCU and Diploma in Risk Management, Internal Audit & Compliance awarded by Chartered Accountants Ireland are awarded by University College Dublin (UCD), through the Institute of Banking, a recognised college of UCD.

All programmes except for the Diploma in Risk Management, Internal Audit & Compliance are included in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) which is maintained by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). 

Programme Design – Relevance and Rigour

The programmes seek to balance practical skills and awareness of regulatory requirements with a solid understanding of the conceptual foundations of the compliance discipline. Completion of programmes provides a foundation for lifelong learning, and in addition to the Continuing Professional Development and Continuing Professional Education events offered, members are equipped to stay abreast of the dynamic field compliance practitioners encounter daily.

Membership and Designations




 Affiliate Member  Demonstrated an interest in and specialist knowledge of financial services regulatory matters but have not undertaken   any of the ACOI education programmes   n/a 
 Ordinary Member  Members who successfully complete the Professional Certificate in Compliance   n/a 
 Licentiate  Members who successfully complete the Professional Diploma in Compliance can elect to become a Licentiate member of   ACOI upon completion of the necessary ongoing continuous professional development (CPD). The LCOI designation is   considered as the benchmark designation for compliance professionals in all sectors of the financial services industry.


 Fellows  Members who complete the MSc in Compliance or the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) can, on completion of the   necessary ongoing CPD, become Fellows of ACOI.


 Depending on   your previous   Status of   membership  Members who complete the Professional Certificate in Data Protection or the Professional Certificate in Financial Crime   Prevention can, on completion of the necessary ongoing CPD, can use the designation Certified Data Protection Officer   and Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner respectively. 


Celebrating Success

Every year the Association hosts a conferring ceremony in December to recognise the achievements of its members that successfully attained qualifications that year. This ritual and tradition is an important event as it expresses the values of the Association, putting the education and professional development of its members first. This celebration is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made, the knowledge acquired, friends made and to look forward to applying the knowledge and skills acquired to advance your own professional practice.