STEP - Advanced Certificate

STEP Advanced Certificate in the Principles of International Taxation, AML and Compliance

STEP Advanced Certificate in the Principles of International Taxation, AML and Compliance
Credits Awarding Body STEP

This course forms part of the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management which is recognised worldwide as the benchmark qualification for those working in the international trusts industry.

  • Principles of international tax law
  • Principles of taxation of trusts. 
  • The regulation of professional service providers and financial services (example regulatory models, the role of international compliance bodies, emerging regulatory standards and requirements assessing and mitigating compliance risk);
  • Compliance for company management businesses (transparency and information sharing);
  • The principles of fair taxation and other transparency initiatives such as Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS); Economic Substance, Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS), Beneficial Ownership Registers (BOR), Trust Registers, Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI)). 
  • Risk and risk management: What is risk, analysing potential risks, types of risk, risks specific to the financial services industry, strategies for managing risks (frameworks, policies, procedures and practices), risk management plans, monitoring risk management activities, reporting risks and risk review. 

The course is designed for practitioners involved in the international trust industry who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of risk management, international taxation, AML and compliance.

Students of this course typically include:

  • Trust Assistants/Officers/Administrators
  • Trust Managers (Senior)
  • Trustees/Fiduciaries
  • Corporate Administrators
  • Lawyers/Solicitors/Attorneys
  • Wealth Managers
  • Accountants
  • Tax AdvisorsCompliance Officers/Managers
  • Private Bankers
  • Secretarial/Administration
  • Client Relations/Marketing/Sales
  • Financial/Estate Planners
  • Ideal for practitioners looking for professional accreditation.
  • A recognised ‘gold-standard’ professional qualification for those working in the industry, globally recognised by employers, regulators, clients and professionals.
  • This course is also subject to the rigorous quality assurance procedures of Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), a school of the University of Manchester.
  • Can be taken as a standalone qualification or as part of the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management.
  • Blended delivery, written and taught by practitioners, focusing on everyday matters encountered and issues to be aware of in relation to risk, international taxation, AML and compliance.
  • Provides students with the ability to grow their own professional network, interact with students online from a range of professions, build relationships and share study tips/support as a cohort.
  • Provides 30 Diploma-Level credits towards STEP membership.
  • The course is subject to the rigorous quality assurance procedures of Manchester Business School, a Faculty of the University of Manchester

Please note all courses are delivered fully online. 

This Advanced Certificate forms part of the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management, combined with three additional STEP Advanced Certificates.

Each of these Advanced Certificates can be taken as a standalone qualification or as part of the Diploma programme.

This course is available for study all year round, with intakes at different points throughout the year. The core programme is delivered through a blend of distance-learning and four virtual workshops as part of a revision-week series delivered by experts in the field who possess vast amounts of professional experience and practical knowledge.
We recommend that you spend four to six hours per week on private study for a minimum of four months prior to the examination.

Enrolment onto this course will provide access to an online learning platform that contains:

  • bespoke soft copy course manual
  • supplementary resources
  • self-assessment material
  • distance learning support
  • four days of online tuition
  • examination fees

Thanks to our online classroom, students can take this course from anywhere. 
The regions listed are indicative of the locally focused content of the workshops. Where possible, we encourage students to pick the region nearest to where they are studying from, as they reflect the time zones of the teaching.

  • UK & Crown Dependencies
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Caribbean & The Americas

The course is assessed by way of a five-hour open-book written examination. The questions will be drawn from across the syllabus and candidates must achieve 50% to pass the Advanced Certificate.

Additional charges will apply for re-sit attempts and deferrals.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will gain 30 Diploma-Level credits towards STEP membership and be awarded the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustees’ Duties: Investment and Management of the Trust Fund.

Course Timetable - 2022

Course Timetable - 2023

Please note that all regions are indicative of time zone only. Applications from students globally are accepted onto all courses, subject to satisfying the entry criteria. 

Please note all courses are delivered fully online. 

Thank you for your interest in CLTI or STEP products. Due to government regulations, we are unable to accept online payments from, or, on behalf of students from certain countries and territories without prior agreement. Please contact us for further details on, +44 (0) 121 362 7733.


Please be aware that workshops have a limited capacity to guarantee optimum teaching conditions. Therefore, where several dates are listed per workshop, we are unable to guarantee your selection of dates will be allocated to you.

Please check your final booking confirmation for your final workshop dates. If you have any queries, please email


If you are based in Hong Kong or Singapore, please choose either Hong Kong Based or Singapore Based Course start date. All other students should select from the 2022 Course start date.


Singapore Funding:

Eligible Singapore-based students can now receive funding of 50% of the course fees. Visit Funding and Support for further details.


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4 Months


Online Only

Entry Criteria

60 Entry-Level

Note: Applicants must have obtained 60 STEP Entry-Level credits to enrol onto this course or be a member of STEP. Visit STEP's Qualifications and Membership Framework to understand how to apply.