Programme Information

There has been a significant increase in the complexity and volume of the 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 regulation whilst contributing to wider organisational objectives. As well as a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework, professional practice in the area of financial crime prevention requires judgments and decisions to be made which require considerable intellectual capability.

The Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention is offered jointly by the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI) and the Institute of Banking.  It is a level 9 qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework, awarded by UCD.  This is a one module programme over one semester with lectures delivered across 5 one-day sessions.

Students who successfully complete the certificates are exempt from this module if they subsequently decide to apply for the MSc in Compliance as this module is part of the syllabus of the MSc.

Holders of the Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention are invited to apply to become a Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner Officer (CFCPP). Continued use of the CFCPP designation is subject to meeting annual CPD requirements.

This programme has received Summit Finuas Network funding since its inception in 2015. Funding for the next programme intake is subject to 2016 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.

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Entry Requirements

Admission is open to individuals with a relevant undergraduate degree in a business or legal discipline at Level 8 NFQ. In addition ideal candidates will possess the LCOI designation and have a minimum of 3 years middle/senior management experience. Those who do not hold a degree, but have exceptional professional experience in the area of data protection, are eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If, as expected, demand from qualified applicants exceeds available places, applicants are ranked for admission purposes on the basis of prior academic performance and suitability for the programme.  A waiting list also applies. 

Register your Interest / Further Information

Finbarr Murphy BA, HDip, MSc, QFA

Director of Education & Professional Development


T: (01) 779 0202

2016/17 Brochure 

Next intake: February 2018
Seeking applications from: October 2017