ACOI Membership

ACOI is the leading compliance association for professionals in Ireland. Over 3,000 plus members benefit from our regular access to regulators, specialist insights and responsive approaches for better business outcomes. Our evolving professional development training and accreditation programmes delivered by our educational partners have set the standard for compliance in Ireland; advancing businesses and developing careers.

What is a designation?

ACOI membership offers you a robust, in-built, diverse community where you can engage in online and in-person events. Meet with industry peers in a friendly, collaborative and trusted business environment. 

With ACOI you're in good company.

* FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY. IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER, PLEASE DO USE THIS LINK TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. SEE BELOW FOR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL.

On this Page:

  1. Benefits of Becoming an ACOI Member
  2. Types of ACOI Membership
  3. How to Become an ACOI Member (new members)
  4. Cost of ACOI Membership
  5. How to Renew your ACOI Membership (current/former members)

1. Benefits of becoming an ACOI member:

Discounted rates to the ACOI’s extensive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) events:  

Continuous professional development (CPD) is a major factor when carving out a career in compliance, particularly when taking in to account the ever-changing regulatory environment with new and emerging legislation constantly on the agenda. The ACOI is the leading provider of CPD events for compliance professionals in Ireland. Last year, over 4,000 professionals working in the compliance, risk, regulation, and finance sectors attended ACOI CPD events which covered over 70 CPD hours.

As an ACOI member you will benefit from discounted and free access, to the ACOI’s wide range of CPD events which includes interactive workshops and webinars delivered by industry leaders and experts. 

Excel in your career with industry recognition: 
Your association with the ACOI demonstrates your commitment to the compliance profession and standards of the role. Those who take up an ACOI Professional Designation will further benefit from this.

  1. An ACOI designation is a statement to current and/or potential employers that you have attained a level of technical competence and are ready to take the next step in your career – holding an ACOI designation will help advance your career;
  2. ACOI designations are considered to be the benchmark designation for many roles in the compliance, risk, regulatory and finance sectors and are recognised by Irish regulators: the Central Bank of Ireland and the Data Protection Commission; and
  3. The ACOI’s LCOI designation satisfies the Central Bank’s Minimum Competency Code which ‘sets out the minimum professional standards for persons providing certain financial services, in particular when dealing with consumers.’

Access to industry standard Education Programmes:

In conjunction with our education partners, the ACOI offer a broad range of accredited graduate and post graduate education in the various fields of compliance and business ethics, from level 7 to level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These programmes aim to equip compliance professionals and those who deal with compliance and regulation with the necessary competence and skills to undertake their roles in a professional and effective manner.

The Education Programmes ACOI offers, are considered the industry standard for those working in the area of compliance, risk, regulation and finance in Ireland. 

Advance your career with international recognition:
ACOI is a founding member of IFCA (International Federation of Compliance Associations). IFCA is an umbrella organisation for professional bodies that specialise in the practice of compliance. 

The ACOI’s LCOI designation , is recognised internationally as ICCP (Internationally Certified Compliance Professional).

Build up your network of industry peers (both in Ireland and internationally): 
ACOI regularly host events that relate directly to the concerns and interests of members. ACOI’s range of networking opportunities focus on bringing the compliance community together and facilitates effective networking and helps you build a contact base that can support you in your role and career. 

Being part of ACOI also means you are part of a diverse global network of compliance professionals. The ACOI is connected with international associations, providing members with the opportunity to connect with professionals from all around the world. 

The ACOI is a founding member of the  International Federation of Compliance Associations   (IFCA) which was founded in Dublin in December 2010. IFCA is the umbrella organisation for professional bodies that specialise in the practice of compliance. Membership comprises of national compliance bodies from around the world that have been established for the benefit of their members. The purpose of the alliance is to co-ordinate and collaborate in ways that benefit business ethics and compliance professionals worldwide.

ACOI a member of ENFCO (European Network for Compliance Professionals) . ENFCO is a network of not-for-profit associations for in-house compliance professionals across Europe. As part of your membership you can also participate in ENFCO's relevant working groups to gain further knowledge or to offer your own expertise. 

Be part of the voice of compliance in Ireland - have your voice heard:
One of ACOI’s strategic objectives, as set out in our three-year strategic plan, is that ACOI becomes the ‘voice of compliance’. In the past year we have receive widespread coverage in national and regional media, appearing in over 120 articles on a range of topics. ACOI is now seen by certain media outlets as the ‘Go To’ Association for commentary on matters relating to compliance.

As an ACOI member, you will have the opportunity to have your voice heard through ACOI’s Membership Surveys and therefore, contribute to the overall voice of the compliance industry in Ireland.

Hear about relevant career opportunities:
As the leading association for compliance professionals in the country, ACOI receives requests periodically from employers looking to fill positions in the compliance or data protection sector. Our members can request to be added to either the Professional Compliance Register or the Data Protection Officer Register by completing and returning the relevant forms to [email protected] Details of new opportunities will be sent to you to review, and you can then apply directly to the company. 

Download Certified Data Protection Officer Register Application

Gain access to member-only CPD and educational resources:
ACOI members are granted access to member only areas of acoi.ie which include presentations and speeches from expert speakers in the area of compliance, risk, regulation and finance. These resources will prove extremely useful to anyone undertaking an ACOI Education Programme or anyone looking to improve their knowledge on a particular topic.

Keep up to date with the latest industry developments:
Getting and staying up to speed on the latest compliance matters requires a significant investment of your time. In a quickly changing regulatory landscape when new procedures, standards, directives and enforcements requires rapid business responses ACOI supports you with continuous compliance clarity. 

The ACOI has a wide variety of working groups, made up of industry experts, which serve to provide members with the latest insights on current and pending issues of relevance. As an ACOI member, you will have access to top-class insight and knowledge from our working groups and through our various member communications:

Newsletter
As an ACOI member you will receive our monthly newsletter containing updates and insights on all the latest work of the ACOI along with upcoming opportunities that may be beneficial to you and/or your organisation.  

ICQ Magazine:

The ACOI is the trusted voice of compliance in Ireland. The Irish Compliance Quarterly, ACOI’s quarterly magazine, is an extremely valuable resource to those working and studying in the area of compliance, risk, regulation and finance.

The ICQ features relevant articles from subject matter experts on regulatory updates and detailed analysis of compliance regulation and legislation in financial services plus, information about the ACOI's ongoing educational and professional development initiatives. Whatever stage your career is at, you will benefit from reading the ICQ Magazine. 

Compliance Files podcast series: 

In a quickly evolving regulatory landscape with new legislation, regulations, codes and enforcements constantly being developed and entering into force, getting and staying up to speed on the latest compliance developments requires a significant investment of your time and effort. 
Whether you are a student, a compliance professional, a head of compliance, a regulator or board member, the ACOI’s Compliance Files podcast series will support you in keeping up to date on all the latest industry changes and talking points in convenient format.

2. Types of ACOI membership: 

Affiliate Membership: 

LCOI

Affiliate Membership is for you if:

  1. You are a new member of ACOI;
  2. You'd like to access our online and in person CPD;
  3. Have successfully completed the Certificate in Compliance; and/or
  4. Are currently undertaking an ACOI Education Programme.

The ACOI invites all those with an interest in the area of compliance, risk and finance to become an affiliate member of the ACOI. 

Ordinary Membership:

CFCPP

Ordinary Membership is for you if:
Have successfully completed one of the following ACOI Education Programmes but have not yet taken up the relevant designation:

  1. Professional Diploma in Compliance;
  2. Professional Certificate in Data Protection;
  3. Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention; 
  4. Professional Diploma in Leading Cultural Change and Ethical Behaviour in Financial Services;
  5. MSc in Compliance; and/or
  6. MA in Ethics.

In order to maintain your Ordinary Membership, you must:

  1. Renew your ACOI membership annually (membership runs from August to July each year).

Designate Membership:

LCOI

Designate Membership is for you if:

Have successfully graduated from an ACOI Education Programme AND have formally taken up the corresponding ACOI Professional Designation .

In order to maintain your Designate Membership, you must:

  1. Renew your ACOI membership annually (membership runs from August to July each year); and
  2. Obtain and log the minimum CPD credits required for your designation each year (CPD runs from January to December each year).

Honorary Fellowship:  

FCOI

Are members who have been recognised by the ACOI for their contribution to the field of compliance and business ethics. This is the highest level of membership offered by the ACOI and is awarded to members who are considered for their position, experience or by reason of their eminence in regulatory compliance or business ethics.

3. How to Become an ACOI Member: (new members)

  1. Click on the “Click here to Join Now button;
  2. Please complete all details in “STEP 1 and STEP 2 as prompted;
  3. A receipt will be emailed automatically to you as confirmation once the payment has been processed; and
  4. This receipt is confirmation that you are a current ACOI member.

* FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY. - PLEASE DO USE THIS LINK TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

4. Cost of ACOI Membership:

Annual Subscription for:

  1. Affiliate Members: €150        
  2. Ordinary Members: €150
  3. Designate Members: €250  

Designate subscription is capped at €250 regardless of how many designations a member holds.

Annual Subscription Rates have remained the same for the past 3 years.

* FOR NEW MEMBERS ONLY. - PLEASE DO USE THIS LINK TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

5. How to Renew your ACOI Membership: (current members)

  1. Log into your ACOI account;
  2. Click on your name on the top left side of the screen to access your ACOI profile page;
  3. Click on the 'Renew Now' button to make the payment online by debit/credit card; and
  4. An individual renewal invoice can be downloaded from the members profile page for payments made by electronic funds transfer.

Note: at the end of October 2021, the ACOI will remove the online payment option and the renewal invoice. After this, members will need to contact the ACOI office directly or make the payment through EFT to renew their membership.

Questions about ACOI Membership? 

If you have further queries regarding a new membership subscription or renewal of an existing membership, please call us on

+353 1 779 0200 or email [email protected] with subject title 'Membership Query'.

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