Revisions to the Certified Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Financing of Terrorism Compliance Officer (CAMCO) Qualification

For the attention of:

  • CAMCO existing and new candidates
  • CAMCO trainers
  • Banks’ Learning & Development Division/Department

We are pleased to update you on the following revisions to the CAMCO qualification, effective 2021. Kindly note that enrolments for the revised CAMCO qualification open on 7 December 2020.

1. Syllabus

The changes to the CAMCO syllabus are as follows:

Revised CAMCO Syllabus
Chapter Updates
1 Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing: Methods and Practices a.       Addition of Proliferation Financing (PF)

b.       Understanding the differences of Money Laundering (ML)/
Terrorism Financing (TF)/Proliferation Financing (PF)

c.        Roles of FI to Combat Proliferation Financing (PF)

d.       Impact of Money Laundering (ML)/Terrorism Financing (TF)/Proliferation Financing (PF)

2 International Legal Framework on AML/CFT and International Standards a.       Addition of Mutual Evaluation

b.       Addition of Regional Bodies and its Role

3 Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001: A Practical Approach a.       Analysing the far-reaching impact of the law and enforcement

b.       The new trend in enforcing the law

c.       Investigations

d.       Dealing with Terrorists’ Properties

4 AML/CFT Governance a.       Incorporating New BNM’s Policy Documents

b.       Updating New Standard and Regulations

c.        AMLA Orders Significant to FIs

5 KYC Policy: Importance and Implementation a.        Customer Due Diligence (CDD) during On-Boarding

b.        Types of Customer and Documentation Verification

c.         Importance of CDD

d.        Risk Associated with Failure to Conduct Effective CDD

e.        CDD vs Simplified DD vs Enhanced DD

f.         Source of Funds and Source of Wealth

Risk Based Approach (RBA) moved to Chapter 6; additional details on RBA

6 Risk Based Approach (RBA) a.       Analysing the RBA methodology

b.       RBA Factors

c.       RBA Guidance by FATF

d.       Rationale for RBA

e.       Documentation of the RBA Process

7 Suspicious Transaction Report (STR): Identifying, Investigating and Reporting Obligations a.       Reporting Obligations under  Section 14 of AMLA

b.       Automated AML/CFT Transaction Monitoring System

c.       Expectations of FIED

d.      On-Going Monitoring

Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) moved to Chapter 7

8 Sanctions Overview

New Topic

a.       What are Sanctions, its Importance and Purpose

b.       Far-Reaching Effect of Sanctions

9 AML/CFT Compliance Programme New topic

a.       What are the Components of Compliance Programme

b.       Regulations on Compliance Programme

c.        How to Implement Compliance Programme to Mitigate ML/TF Risks

10 ML/TF Typologies a.        ML Typologies in Various Sectors/Industries

b.        Emerging ML/TF Typologies

c.        Strengthening Risk Assessment in Combating ML/TF

More depth covering various methods, challenges and concerns.

2. Entry Requirements

Current CAMCO Revised CAMCO
3 years of AML/CFT-related working experience 2 years of compliance-related working experience; OR

1 year of compliance-related working experience if candidate possesses a recognised foundation-level certification in AML/CFT

3. Assessment (effective July 2021 examinations)

Current CAMCO Revised CAMCO
  • 50% assignment and 50% examination
  • Examination duration – 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 100 independent multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
  • Grade bands are as follows:


Distinction ≥ 70
Merit 60 – 69
Pass 50 – 59
Fail ≤ 49
  • 50% assignment and 50% examination
  • Examination duration – 3 hours
  • Section A – 60 independent multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
  • Section B – 20 case-based MCQs
  • Grade bands are as follows:
Distinction ≥ 80
Merit 66 – 79
Pass 50 – 65
Fail ≤ 49


4. Transition

A special examination sitting based on the current CAMCO syllabus and format will be arranged in March 2021 for current candidates who are unable to complete the qualification by the December 2020 examination.

If candidates fail the March 2021 examination, passes gained for the assignment component will be nullified and candidates have to start afresh under the revised CAMCO.

5. Key Dates

Current CAMCO Revised CAMCO
Activity Date Activity Date
Resit examinations closing date 29 January 2021 Enrolment open date 7 December 2020
Assignment release date 4 February 2021 First examination for Revised CAMCO 1 – 31 July 2021
Special examination sitting date March 2021 (exam date TBC)
Final assignment submission date 31 March 2021 Final assignment submission date 26 April 2021/ 18 May 2021
Results release date 15 June 2021 Results release date 27 August 2021


  • Candidates who have failed the special sitting will be treated as new candidates to the revised CAMCO;
  • The next examination sitting for the special sitting failed candidates would be in December 2021;
  • The passes gained for the assignment component will be nullified in case the candidate did not pass the examination component in the special sitting; and
  • The CAMCO Examination Schedule 2021 is available on the AICB website.

6. Fees

The fee structure for the revised CAMCO is similar to the current CAMCO. Kindly click here for more details on the fee structure.

Click here for the link to the Revised CAMCO FAQs.

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact AICB’s Member Services team at or call 1300-88-6833 / 03-2095 6833 or ABS at

Thank you.