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INTERNATIONAL COMPLIANCE ASSOCIATION (ICA) PROGRAMMES

A. Assessment Structure

Professional Qualifications in Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML / CFT)

Please refer to the module specification for the assessment structure.

Professional Qualifications in Regulatory Compliance (RC)

Please refer to the module specification for the assessment structure.

B. Plagiarism and Collusion Guidelines

For more information on the guidelines, click here.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS IN ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING / COUNTER FINANCING OF TERRORISM (AML / CFT)

1. Certification in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing in Terrorism (CAML)

a. Assessment Structure

Type of AssessmentWeightage (%)
1 assignment of approximately 2,000–2,500 words50
1 open book examination of 1 hour 45 minutes (taken 3 months after the assignment)50

Assignment

Referencing and plagiarism

  1. Failure to properly reference content, and plagiarism, are taken seriously. Referencing methods are set out in Appendix 3 of the ICA Study Handbook.
  2. Any candidate found guilty of plagiarism will be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures and sanctions.

Marking scheme

  1. Assignments are forwarded to the first marker for a detailed review and given a score out of a total of 100 marks.
  2. All assignments graded higher than 70% or less than 50% together with a percentage of all assignments initially graded between 51% and 69% are automatically independently reviewed by a second marker.
  3. All assignments graded higher than 70% and less than 50% at the second review are then examined by a third marker, prior to the internal marking team agreeing on the final score.

Examination

Question FormatEssay
No. of Questions5 (candidates to choose 2)
Examination Duration1 hour 45 minutes (15 minutes for reading)
Passing Mark50%
Examination Delivery

Open book. Online examination.

b. Grade Bands

Results will be expressed in the following grade bands:

Grade BandMarks (%)
Distinction70 and above
Merit60 – 69
Pass50 – 59
Marginal Fail40 – 49
Fail39 and below

c. Criteria for Passing

The passing mark is 50% of the total mark allocation for the assignment and examination. The examination mark is added to the assignment mark and averaged to determine the final assessment result. The passing mark is 50. However, if either the assignment or the examination mark is below 40, this will be deemed as a fail and a re-sit is required.

d. Supplementary Award

In addition to the Certificate in AML / CFT award, candidates will obtain the international award, Advanced Certificate in AML / CFT, which is awarded by ICA in association with the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.


2. Advanced Certification in Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Financing in Terrorism (ACAML)

a. Assessment Structure

Type of AssessmentWeightage (%)
2 assignments of approximately 3,000 words each50
1 open book examination of 3 hours 15 minutes50

Assignment

Referencing and plagiarism

  1. Failure to properly reference content, and plagiarism, are taken seriously. Referencing methods are set out in Appendix 3 of the ICA Study Handbook.
  2. Any candidate found guilty of plagiarism will be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures and sanctions.

Marking scheme

  1. Assignments are forwarded to the first marker for detailed review and given a score out of a total of 100 marks.
  2. All assignments graded higher than 70% or less than 50% together with a percentage of all assignments initially graded between 51% and 69% are automatically independently reviewed by a second marker.
  3. All assignments graded higher than 70% and less than 50% at the second review are then examined by a third marker, prior to the internal marking team agreeing on the final score.

Examination

Question FormatEssay
No. of Questions7 (Candidates to choose 4)
Examination Duration3 hours 15 minutes (15 minutes for reading)
Passing Mark50%
Examination Delivery

Open book. Online examination.

b. Grade Bands

Results will be expressed in the following grade bands:

Grade BandMarks (%)
Distinction70 and above
Merit60 – 69
Pass50 – 59
Marginal Fail40 – 49
Fail39 and below

c. Criteria for Passing

The passing mark is 50% of the total mark allocation for assignment and examination. The examination mark is added to the assignment mark and averaged to determine the final assessment result. The passing mark is 50. However, if either the assignment or the examination mark is below 40, this will be deemed as a fail and a re-sit is required.

d. Supplementary Award

In addition to the Advanced Certificate in AML / CFT award, candidates will obtain the international award, International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Financing of Terrorism, which is awarded by ICA in association with the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS IN REGULATORY COMPLIANCE (RC)

a. Assessment Structure

Level 1: Certification in Regulatory Compliance (CRC)Level 2: Advanced Certification in Regulatory Compliance (ACRC)
Examination (50%)
Question FormatA choice of questions, including case studies, report writing and essays.
Examination Duration1 hour 45 minutes3 hours (15 minutes for reading)
Passing mark50%
Examination DeliveryOpen book. Online examination (taken 3 months after the assignment)
Written assignment (50%)
No. of Questions1 written assignment (approximately 2,000–2,500 words)2 written assignments (approximately 3,000 words each)

b. Grade Bands

For both Level 1: Certification in Regulatory Compliance and Level 2: Advanced Certification in Regulatory Compliance, results will be expressed in the following grade bands:

Grade BandMarks (%)
Distinction70 and above
Merit60 – 69
Pass50 – 59
Marginal Fail40 – 49
Fail39 and below

c. Training Methodology

Virtual workshops and online learning:

  • 1 x 1.5-hour orientation session and assessment guidance session
  • 3 x 3-hour virtual classrooms
  • 1 x 3-hour immersive learning scenario (putting you at the centre of a story) and tutorial
  • 1 x 1-hour assessment and examination best practice preparation workshop
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