Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering Foundations

Enroll in the Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering Foundations and take your Anti-Money Laundering Career to the next level!

Preview this course

Course Description

The process of hiding or masking the origin of illegally obtained funds is known as money laundering. The purpose of this action is to make the proceeds of criminal activities appear to have come from legal sources. Criminals can benefit from revenues and money without endangering their source. It is the illicit practice of hiding the proceeds of financial crime, frequently through the use of banks and commercial enterprises.

Every organization requires the knowledge covered in this course on anti-money laundering foundations. Risks and occurrences related to financial crime are faced by financial institutions like banks, insurance firms, brokerage houses, and other entities. Criminals attempt to bypass the organizations’ security measures and get access to the systems, users, and information for their own gain, including money launderers, terrorists, tax evaders, insider traders, and cyber attackers.

Professionals in risk management, internal controls, fraud risk management, compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-financial crime, and internal audit functions are the intended audience for this course. Other professionals who want to learn more about the structure and principles of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing may also enroll in this course.

This certificate program is a foundational training with four module where you will learn about the core concepts of anti-money laundering and its investigative processes, organizational rules and regulations, and risk mitigation measures.

What You Will Get From This Course

In-demand Skills

Gain the relevant knowledge to ensure that you are supporting your firm and progressing your career.

Career Credential

Get a certificate from the FCA Financial Crime Academy.


Study on-demand and at your own time and pace, regardless of where you are in the world with this flexible online course.

Global Community

Get access to our exclusive LinkedIn group with 1,500+ like-minded professionals and experts.

Course Material

Download supplementary course material such as the comprehensive course study guide.

Quiz Questions

Test your knowledge with multiple-choice questions and determine which skills you have mastered!

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the foundational concepts of money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Be aware of money laundering and terrorist financing in practice
  • Differentiate between and characterize money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Understand key AML/CTF laws and regulations
  • Comprehend global regulatory AML/CTF frameworks
  • Differentiate between key international legislative bodies and standard-setters
  • Be aware of risks associated to money laundering and terrorist financing from an organizational perspective
  • Identify organizational AML/CTF risk management and risk mitigation principlesIdentify indicia for potential suspicion
  • Understand how to conduct an AML/CTF investigation
  • Explain different investigation outcomes and understand suspicious activity reports

Target Audience

  • Compliance professionals that want to acquire a solid understanding of AML/CTF
  • Risk management professionals that want to effectively manage AML/CTF risks
  • Ambitious AML/CTF compliance personnel looking to broaden knowledge and skills
  • Career starters seeking career opportunities in the AML/CTF compliance industry


For participating in this Certificate Program, you will need an electronic device with online video-viewing capabilities (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc.). You will need no previous knowledge in compliance or anti-financial crime, although this is helpful. A background in business, legal, or finance might also be beneficial but is not required.

Learning Method

This Certification Program is presented entirely online. Modules can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for Certification Programs.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to the Program

  • Introduction to the Program

Module 1: Introduction to AML/CTF

  • Introduction to this Module
  • What is Money Laundering? What are Predicate Offenses?
  • Stages of Money Laundering
  • Exemplary Methods of Money Laundering (Banks & Financial Institutions)
  • Exemplary Methods of Money Laundering (Non-Banks)
  • What is Terrorist Financing?
  • Stages of Terrorist Financing
  • Exemplary Methods of Terrorist Financing
  • Similarities and Differences Between Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Case Study – Terrorist Financing Using Real Estate
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 2: Overview of Relevant AML/CTF Laws and Regulations

  • Introduction to this Module
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
  • United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank
  • Wolfsberg Group
  • Basel Committee
  • Egmont Group
  • US AML/CTF Legislation
  • EU AML/CTF Legislation
  • Case Study: Role of Financial Action Task Force in Prevention of ML/TF
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 3: Organizational AML/CTF and Risk Mitigation

  • Introduction to this Module
  • AML/CTF Governance (Function and MLRO)
  • AML/CTF Risk Identification and Risk Assessment
  • AML/CTF Policies, Procedures, and Controls Framework
  • AML/CTF Employee Training
  • Independent AML/CTF Audit and Review
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Know Your Customer and Customer Due Diligence
  • Case Study: AML/CTF Compliance Program Implementation Requirement
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 4: AML/CTF Investigation

  • Introduction to this Module
  • Indicators for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Performing an AML/CTF Investigation
  • Possible AML/CTF Investigation Outcomes
  • Filing Suspicious Activity Reports
  • Record Keeping and Documentation Requirements
  • Role of the Financial Intelligence Unit and International Cooperation
  • Case Study: AML/CTF Documentation to be Maintained
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Final Assessment

  • Final Assessment

Completing the Program

  • Completing the Program

Certification Track

Complete all courses of the certification track to become a Certified Money Laundering Prevention Professional (CMLP).

Certificate In Aml Ctf Suspicious Activity Reports
Fca003 Certificate In Counter Terrorist Financing
Fca001 Certificate In Anti Money Laundering And Know Your Customer Foundations
Fca008 Certificate In Anti Money Laundering And Counter Terrorist Financing
Certificate In Anti Money Laundering Foundations

Ready? Get unlimited access to all courses and webinars by joining our membership today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to take the courses?

All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, a smartphone or table, and a stable internet connection.

Can I download course files and resources for the course?

Absolutely! All the files (including study guide, audiobook, course slides, etc.) in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows the files within a course.

How long do I have to complete the courses?

You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines.

Are there any additional fees or costs?

None! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification.

What currency are your courses priced in?

All our online courses are priced in USD. As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

How do I earn my certificates?

Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 60% passing grade.

How are the exams conducted?

Students are required to complete an online assessment (mostly multiple choice questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 60% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I email the instructor if I have questions?

While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries.

Will these courses help me advance my career?

Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how the Financial Crime Academy’s courses have helped so many people advance their anti-financial crime, compliance, and risk management careers. Our courses are designed to teach in-demand skills and relevant background knowledge of subject matter expertise needed in practice.

More Questions?

Email us and we'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Learn In-Demand Skills with On-Demand Courses

Gain the relevant skills and knowledge to ensure that you are supporting your firm and progressing your career.