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Duration
2 Semesters
Credential Awarded
Certificate of Completion

Curriculum Overview

Investigative Research: Using the Internet as an Investigative Research Tool - North America (DLM)

This four-stage distance learning module employs case studies, search tools and reference sites to teach you Internet research for financial investigations. You are required to register to the DLM program independently. Completion of level one of the DLM is required for the Financial Crime Analysis program completion. Refer registration page for further information.

Module One - Legislative and Regulatory Responses & Patterns of Offending and Victimization (4 weeks)

This foundational course provides an overview of the regulatory landscape in relation to financial crime. It provides context for the issue of financial crime, including its definition, scope and harms, as well as the international and domestic policy and legislative controls designed to limit those harms. It will include a historical recap of Canada’s experience with financial crime (with a focus on organized crime), set against its ratification of treaties, adoption of supranational standards, and consequential amendments to its legislation, law enforcement efforts, and regulatory activities. Additionally, it will address contemporary financial crime typologies and trends, including Internet-facilitated financial crimes.

Module Two - Financial Crime Risk Assessment and Mitigation (4 weeks)

This course will have as its central aim the accumulation of insights of the previous courses into a sustainable and effective framework for assessing and managing financial crime risks. Drawing from the exposition of financial crime threats in Module One, this course instructs you on the development, documentation and evaluation of effective financial crime risk control frameworks. It will include topics such as standards for the reporting and presentation of evidence to render operational and policy findings accessible and compelling for specialist and non-specialist readers. It will also emphasize the monitoring of known and emerging risks, providing efficient support to your existing or prospective management, and contributing toward continuing professional development for yourself and the financial crime analysis sector (e.g. CIFCA networking and conferences/symposia, policy groups, publishing research, etc.).

Module Three - Cryptocurrency Fundamentals & Cryptocurrency / Blockchain Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud Investigations (2 weeks)

This course will provide a foundation into trending financial technology, including cryptocurrency and the Blockchain. You will gain an extensive understanding of what cryptocurrencies are and how they work. You will gain the necessary information to prepare for the Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP) Exam. The course will discuss how cryptocurrencies are being used to facilitate money laundering, terrorist financing and a wide range of illicit activities. You will also receive a demonstration of how transactions are conducted on the Blockchain and tools that are used to detect illicit activities. 

Module Four - Data and Patterns Theory & Method for Financial Crime Analysis (practical lab component - 6 weeks)

This course will have as its central aim the accumulation of insights of the previous courses into a sustainable and effective framework for assessing and managing financial crime risks. Drawing from the exposition of financial crime threats in Module One, this course instructs you on the development, documentation and evaluation of effective financial crime risk control frameworks. It will include topics such as standards for the reporting and presentation of evidence to render operational and policy findings accessible and compelling for specialist and non-specialist readers. It will also emphasize the monitoring of known and emerging risks, providing efficient support to your existing or prospective management, and contributing toward continuing professional development for yourself and the financial crime analysis sector (e.g. CIFCA networking and conferences/symposia, policy groups, publishing research, etc.).

Module Five - The Intelligence Cycle & Intelligence Analysis (3-4 weeks)

A bridge between the theoretical and practical aspects of financial crime analysis, this course introduces the construct of the Intelligence Cycle, and its allocation to financial institutions. You will then be exposed to contemporary financial intelligence unit frameworks, the interdependencies of strategic and tactical intelligence, and the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills. You will also be introduced to how an anti-money laundering program is created and how policies/procedures are implemented. This module also touches on communication methods of investigative report writing & case management.

Bonus Module - Career building, Networking and Creating a Personal Brand (1 week)

After receiving 20+ weeks of thought leadership on financial crime compliance, data analytics and open-source investigation techniques, this additional module will guide you on how to create a strong personal brand and use LinkedIn and other social media platforms for career opportunities and to connect with industry leaders. You will learn how to network effectively and add value to an organization and other colleagues. This professional and personal development curriculum is not regularly taught in any other compliance program and is a great way to complete the course.