Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention

There has been a significant increase in the complexity and volume of 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 ethical and legal compliance within this regulatory environment while contributing to wider organisational objectives.
The Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention, a 10 ECTS award at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications has been designed in consultation with the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Suspicious Transactions Unit in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. It has been designed to equip Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLROs) and others who specialise in this area with the specialist skills and competence to address these reputational and compliance risks and is the only accredited qualification at this level. Participants will learn through an applied approach, utilising both case studies and experience guest speakers.
The programme is delivered on a part-time basis across one semester. It comprises of one module, financial/white collar crime prevention and forms part of the MSc in Compliance. Students who successfully complete the certificate are exempt from this module if they subsequently decide to apply for the MSc in Compliance.
How you will benefit
On successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention, graduates will be able to;
  • Interpret contemporary legislation in the specific areas of financial crime prevention;
  • Design, complete and report on major financial crime prevention projects, which may be required to enhance your firm’s positioning within the sector;
  • Determine on an ongoing basis, the performance of a financial crime prevention framework within your firm’s framework;
  • Apply professional knowledge and skills to investigate a suspected financial crime; and
  • Maintain, develop and apply contemporary professional best practice.
On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention from UCD.

Graduates who complete the Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention are entitled to apply for the designation ‘Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner’ and use the designatory letters CFCPP. Continued use of this designation is subject to meeting ACOI’s CPD requirements.



This programme has received Summit Finuas Network funding since its inception in 2015. Funding for the next programme intake is subject to Network funding approval.

The Summit Finuas Network is part of the Finuas Networks Programme, managed by Skillnets Ltd, whose aim is to support the sector in maintaining Ireland’s position as a top international financial services centre, through ongoing investment in the development of the skills and expertise of this workforce. This recognition of the programme highlights the need for suitably qualified persons in an area considered as strategically important. For further information about the network, please click on image below.

“Working in the arena of Data Protection, there is an increasing need for regulatory professionals within the financial services sector to ensure that they have both the technical and professional skills to fulfil this evolving and challenging area. In seeking to enhance and solidify my knowledge in the area of Data Protection, I undertook the Professional Certificate in Data Protection in 2014. In summary, I am happy to attest that following the completion of the course, which was superbly delivered by Dr. Denis Kelleher, that not only has my technical knowledge of the Irish and European Data protection landscape improved but also and arguably more importantly, due to the practical focus of course delivery and the exposure to other Data Protection professionals, I have significantly increased my capacity to deliver useful, informed and practical data protection advice during my day to day work activities.
Further Information


Professional Certificate Data Protection

How to register?

  1. Become an ACOI Member
  2. Once you receive your receipt of membership with your ACOI membership details, you can then register for the programme.