ACOI Designations

The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) is the leading association for compliance professionals in the country, with over 3,000 members. In Ireland, the ACOI is recognised as the primary organisation for awarding designations in the area of compliance, with ACOI designations being the benchmark to demonstrate competence to work in Compliance in financial services and elsewhere. 

What is a designation?

What is a designation?

A Professional designation is a recognition of educational achievement and professional standing. A badge of excellence, it is an endorsement of academic qualifications, professional knowledge, and experience. You are eligible to use a designation title if you have completed the criteria set by a professional association.

ACOI Professional Designations

LCOI

LCOI

Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland

 

 

FCOI

FCOI

Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland

CFCPP

CFCPP

Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner  

CDPO

CDPO

Certified Data Protection Officer  

 

What are the benefits of holding an ACOI designation?

    1. Holding an ACOI designation demonstrates your commitment to the compliance profession and standards of the role.
    2. It 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;
    3. ACOI designations are considered to be the benchmark designation for many roles in the compliance, risk, regulatory and finance sectors and are recognised by the Irish regulators: the Central Bank of Ireland and the Data Protection Commission.
    4. 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.
    5. Recipients of the ACOI’s LCOI designation are recognised internationally as ICCP (Internationally Certified Compliance Professional).
Taking up an ACOI Designation:

Taking up an ACOI Designation:

As a graduate of an ACOI education programme, you will be invited to take up an ACOI designation and use the associated designation title. A full list of ACOI designation titles and associated education programmes can be found below.

 

In order to continue using your designation title, you are required to meet the ACOI’s designation criteria annually.

 

Maintaing your ACOI designation:

  1. You must be a current member of the ACOI, (membership runs from August to July each year). Click here to become a member/renew your membership; and
  2. You must obtain and log the minimum CPD credits required for your designation each year (CPD runs from January to December each year).
Maintaing your ACOI designation:

ACOI Designations:

Designation Letter Designation Title Associated Programme Notes   
LCOI Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland Professional Diploma in Compliance Designation satisfies the Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency Code.
Those holding the LCOI designation are recognised by IFCA (International Foundation of Compliance Officers) as Internationally Certified Compliance Professionals (ICCP).
 
CDPO Certified Data Protection Officer Professional Certificate in Data Protection    
CFCPP Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention    
FCOI Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland MSc in Compliance   The highest-level designation the ACOI offers to its members  
FCOI Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland  MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility)  The highest-level designation the ACOI offers to its members  
First Second Third
Academic Qualifications Professional Membership Category Professional Designations
From the Highest to the lowest Just one category applies Designations are first ordered by the level of designation (from highest to lowest)

Example: Tess Mullen PhD MSc BA FIB FCOI CDPO CFCPP LCOI

Final rule: Use spaces and not commas to separate your qualifying letters.