Certificate in AML/CTF Risk Assessment

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Course Description

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CTF) Risk Management course is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to identify, assess, and mitigate the risks associated with money laundering and terrorist financing in financial institutions (FIs). This course comprises four modules that delve into the critical aspects of AML/CTF, risk concepts, risk assessment, and risk treatment and mitigation.

Module 1 serves as an introduction to AML/CTF, examining the different stages and exemplary methods employed by criminals for money laundering and terrorist financing. Students will explore the impact of these illicit activities on institutions and their customers, along with a real estate-based case study on terrorist financing. This module concludes with a summary and multiple-choice quiz to test comprehension.

Module 2 delves into risk concepts and AML/CTF risks faced by financial institutions. Students will gain insights into various types of risks, risk culture, and risk appetite within organizations. The module emphasizes the importance of AML/CTF risk mitigation and presents a case study on the role of the Financial Action Task Force in preventing ML/TF risks. A module summary and quiz allow students to reinforce their understanding.

In Module 3, students will explore AML/CTF risk assessment, understanding key considerations, risk classification, and risk management governance. The module emphasizes the significance of AML/CTF risk assessment in financial institutions and provides practical guidance on risk identification, assessment, and analysis. A case study focusing on the documentation required for AML/CTF risk assessment enhances students’ knowledge. The module concludes with a summary and quiz.

Module 4 focuses on AML/CTF risk treatment and mitigation. Students will learn how to identify ML/TF risk indicators and respond effectively. The module highlights the responsibility of performing AML/CTF risk reviews and investigations, and introduces the four factors of risk treatment: tolerate, treat, transfer, and terminate. Students will explore various risk control techniques implemented in financial institutions and engage in a case study on independent AML/CTF compliance reviews. The module ends with a summary, quiz, and additional resources for further reading.

By completing this course, students will develop a strong foundation in AML/CTF fundamentals, enabling them to recognize, assess, and mitigate risks effectively. With the knowledge gained from this course, individuals can contribute to the safeguarding of financial systems and help combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

What You Will Get From This Course

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Career Credential

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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

  • Understanding money laundering, terrorist financing, predicate offense
  • Exemplary methods of Terrorist Financing
  • Understanding the different stages of money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Understanding different Types of Risks faced by Financial Institutions (FIs), including compliance risk, market risk, credit risk etc
  • Learning the overview of Risk Culture, Risk Appetite and Tolerance Levels related to AML/CFT
  • Understanding the risk assessment and the process of performing risk assessment for ML/TF risks
  • Understanding the concepts of risk sources, risk origination, risk governance and risk assessment and mitigation activities
  • Understanding the ML/TF risk indicators consideration in the performance of ML/TF risk assessment
  • Understanding the AML/CFT Responses to mitigate or prevent the ML/TF risks
  • Learning about the 4 Factors to Treating AML/CFT Risks – Tolerate, Treat, transfer, Terminate

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 personnell 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
  • Understanding Money Laundering and Predicate Offenses
  • Different Stages of Money Laundering Explored by Criminals
  • Exemplary Methods of Money Laundering
  • Understanding Terrorist Financing
  • Different Stages of Terrorist Financing
  • Exemplary Methods of Terrorist Financing
  • Impact of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing on Institutions and their Customers
  • Case Study: Terrorist Financing Using Real Estate
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 2: Overview of Risk Concepts and AML/CTF Risks

  • Introduction to this Module
  • Understanding Different Types of Risks Faced by Financial Institutions
  • Overview of Risk Culture and Risk Appetite of an Organization
  • Understanding AML/CTF Risks Faced by Organizations
  • Understanding Risk Tolerance with the Perspective of AML/CTF
  • Understanding AML/CTF Risk Mitigation and its Importance
  • Case Study: Role of Financial Action Task Force in the Prevention of ML/TF Risks
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 3: AML/CTF Risk Assessment

  • Introduction to this Module
  • Overview of Risk Assessment Concepts and Key Considerations
  • Understanding Risk Sources, Risk Origination and Risk Classification
  • AML/CTF Risk Management Governance and Practices
  • Understanding the Importance of AML/CTF Risk Assessment in FIs
  • AML/CTF Risk Identification, Assessment, and Analysis
  • Evaluation of AML/CTF Risks’ Likelihood and Impacts for Mitigation
  • Case Study: Documentation to be Obtained or Maintained to Perform AML/CTF Risk Assessment
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Module 4: AML/CTF Risks Treatment and Mitigation

  • Introduction to this Module
  • Considering ML/TF Risk Indicators for Risk Assessment
  • Meaning of AML/CTF Risk Response
  • Responsibility of Performing AML/CTF Risks Reviews and Investigation
  • Four Factors to Treating AML/CTF Risks – Tolerate, Treat, Transfer, and Terminate
  • AML/CTF Risk Control Techniques Implemented in FIs
  • Case Study: Performing Independent AML/CTF Compliance Reviews
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz
  • Further Reading and References

Final Assessment

  • Final Assessment

Completing the Program

  • Completing the Program

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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.

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