ACOI Education Programmes


All ACOI education programmes with the exception of the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) awarded by DCU and offered jointly with the Mater DEI Institute of Education are awarded by University College Dublin, through the College of Professional Finance, under the auspices of the Institute of Banking. All programmes 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

Membership Description Designation
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. LCOI
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 FCOI
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.  CDPOCFCPP

Celebrating Success

Every year the Association hosts a graduation ceremony in November to recognise the achievements of its members that successfully attained qualifications in the previous 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. 

Gold Medal Winner

The Association can award a Gold Medal to the top student(s) in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement in the Professional Diploma in Compliance.  To be considered a Gold Medal winner you have to have attained or exceeded the following criteria:

  • Completed the Professional Diploma in Compliance within two years.
  • Passed each PDC module on first Attempt – a ‘Did not sit’ (without medical certification) is treated as an attempt- as per UCD regulations.
  • Attain greater than an average of 80% across the 4 PDC modules.
  • Where there is more than one candidate with an average greater than 80% over the 4 modules then the prize goes to the candidate with the highest aggregate mark.

The top student will be presented with a framed Association citation to acknowledge and record their outstanding achievement along with a gold medal.

In the event that there is more than one student, the criteria for determining the top student will be based on the aggregate overall mark achieved.

The ACOI reserves the right to offer a joint award should there be more than one outstanding candidate who meets the criteria above.