Programme Information

The Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma in Compliance are offered jointly by the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI), the LIA, the Insurance Institute of Ireland and the Institute of Banking. Both qualifications are awarded by UCD and are at level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework. They are delivered on-line through a series of webinars with a self-contained manual as the primary resource.

Those who successfully complete the first two modules (PDC 1 – Compliance and the Regulatory Structure and PDC 2 – Conduct of Business Rule) are awarded the Professional Certificate in Compliance. Upon completion of a further two modules (PDC 3 – Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Compliance and PDC 4 – Compliance Management) the Professional Diploma in Compliance is awarded.

This programme is aimed at those who work or aspire to work in a professional capacity within a compliance function in financial services. The Professional Diploma in Compliance is recognised as the benchmark qualification for practising compliance professionals. Holders of the Professional Diploma in Compliance are invited to apply for the Licentiate of the Compliance Officers in Ireland (LCOI) designation, thereby meeting the Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency Code for those who adjudicate on any complaint by a consumer which relates to advice about the following six categories of retail financial products:

  • Pensions
  • Savings and Investments
  • Housing Loans, Home Reversion Agreements and Associated Insurances
  • Consumer Credit Agreements and Associated Insurances
  • Debt Management Services

Continued use of the LCOI designation is subject to meeting annual CPD requirements.


“This programme gives students an understanding of the compliance function. It explains how regulatory systems work in Ireland and in the international compliance industry. You can do it while working full-time or part-time.

It is a very useful programme, which favours career progression, especially when considering the current growing importance of compliance worldwide.” – Nicoletta Basso, CNP Europe Life & PDC Graduate

Further Information:

Finbarr Murphy BA, HDip, MSc, QFA

Director of Education & Professional Development


T: (01) 779 0202

How to Register

1. First become a member of the ACOI

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

Brochure and Application Form

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