ICA International Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk

Course level : ICA Diplomas

There are three intakes a year for this course: March, July and September.
Closing date for enrolments: 27th March 2023

Sanctions are a crucial instrument in the international battle against financial crime proliferation, terrorism and human rights abuses. It’s a complex area and those who manage the risk need the right combination of knowledge, capabilities and behaviours to do so effectively.

Technical skills – develop a deeper understanding of sanctions architecture, screening and the control framework; enrich your professional skillset

Critical thinking – enhance your judgment-making and problem-solving skills

Collaboration and communication - ensure a joined-up approach in your management of sanctions cases

Flexibility and adaptability – be prepared to respond to fast-changing regimes and rules

Leadership – be empowered to make effective decisions quickly and manage resources appropriately.

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This course is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.

Learners are required to have ONE of the following:

A degree or professional qualification in an appropriate discipline
Attainment of an ICA International Advanced Certificate
Three years’ relevant work experience*

A good level of written and spoken English is also required.

This course is suitable for mid-senior level professionals:

  • Heads of Sanctions, Sanctions Managers and Sanctions Team Leaders
  • MLROs, Compliance Managers, Financial Crime Managers and Risk Managers
  • Accountants, Lawyers and Consultants

The course has been designed for those working in multiple industry sectors including international trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, maritime, software, oil and gas and financial services.

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  • Global sanctions architecture – Sanctions in context
  • How sanctions regimes are implemented
  • Evolving scope of sanctions – A changing tool
  • Sector-based sanctions
  • Identifying higher risk jurisdictions and activities
  • Transparency, control, and ownership
  • Licensing and permissible payments
  • Management of global exposure to unilateral and regional sanctions
  • Developing the control framework
  • Sanctions screening
  • Incident management and holding of sanctioned funds
  • Sanctions lifting and roll back

A flexible, part-time format designed for busy, working professionals. A mix of guided, online study and attendance at live, virtual classrooms delivered by industry experts.

  • 9-month course
  • Live sessions:
    • 2 x virtual classrooms
    • 1 x immersive learning scenario (putting you at the centre of a story) delivered through award-winning, interactive BARCO technology
    • 3 x tutorials (a chance to discuss elements of the course in more depth)
    • 3 x assessment preparation sessions
  • A comprehensive course manual
  • Videos covering foundation topics as well as the latest industry developments and case studies
  • Access to the ICA Learning Hub packed with additional insight and resources
  • Proactive support throughout the course to help you stay on track
  • The course is assessed through:
    • 3 x timed end-of-module assessments - comprising multiple choice questions that test knowledge, understanding and analytical skills
    • 1 x written assignment with industry sector focus
    • 1 x written, case-study based assignment connecting up the elements of your learning

Face-to-face, blended learning options will be available in Spring 2023. Register your interest in this route, and we will let you know when we start taking enrolments:

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This accelerated executive route is open to senior professionals with five years of experience in a senior role.

This option will be available in Spring 2023. Pre-register your interest in this route for ICA International Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk and we will let you know when we start taking enrolments:

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Application and Entry criteria

Admission is through application. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a senior practitioner (i.e. currently hold a senior management or senior subject matter expert role) with 5 years of relevant, senior experience in a role, or roles, related to the discipline the candidate would like to study. For example, an MLRO role or senior compliance or advisory role.
  • Hold a qualification at Level 4 or above in a closely related discipline (this requirement can be relaxed if the candidate can show 7 years of senior level experience related to the discipline the candidate would like to study.
  • Be able to make the time commitment required for the accelerated diploma route (please see the note below).

Important note

Prospective learners who are accepted for the Accelerated Diploma route, must satisfy themselves that they have the necessary time to devote to this more intensive mode of delivery.  If in any doubt they should consider the conventional diploma route.  Acceptance on the accelerated programme is by no means a guarantee of success.

We have full syllabi available for all of our qualifications. Click here to download a syllabus for this course.

Course fees

per currency depending on location
GBP 3725
EUR 4100
USD 4846

Course fees stated exclude VAT or local tax, this will be added to your basket at the checkout if applicable.

If you are funding the course yourself, we offer an interest free instalment plan of eight equal monthly payments.

Discount for Low GDP countries

A 15% discount applies if you are based in one of the countries on this list The discount will be added automatically on the check out page.

Membership Fee: £110* (Associate Membership - you must be an ICA member for the duration of your studies)

*Payable unless you are already an ICA Member.

Exclusive Qualification Discount for ICA Professional and Fellow Members
All ICA Professional and Fellow members are entitled to discounted rates on subsequent qualifications they choose to enrol on:

  • Professional (MICA) - 10%
  • Fellow (FICA) – 15%

Simply enter your membership number on enrolment to gain your exclusive discounted rate.

Permanent Irish residents are eligible for funding support on Advanced Certificate and Diploma programmes. Please contact [email protected] who will be happy to help.

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Expert support

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James Rickett

Global Lead - Anti Money Laundering

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Serona Woo

Global Lead, Human & Wildlife Trafficking

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Tim Tyler

Head of Financial Crime Compliance

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