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

The programme is designed to enable practitioners in the industry to develop a deep and critical understanding of the global regulatory framework in which the private wealth industry operates.

This Advanced Certificate can be taken as part of the STEP Diploma.

Course details

This course provides practitioners with the technical knowledge and understanding of the global regulatory framework in which the private wealth industry operates. 

  • Gain in-depth expertise: Improve your technical knowledge of the global regulatory framework in which the private wealth industry operates. 
  • Practical focus: Practical advice and guidance written by practitioners, for practitioners on everyday matters encountered and issues to be aware of in relation to risk, international taxation, AML and compliance.
  • Build valuable connections: Network with like-minded professionals in varied roles and firms from all over the world. 
  • Industry recognition: Recognised worldwide as the ‘gold-standard’ benchmark qualification for those working in the international trusts industry by employers, regulators, clients, and professionals. Successful completion provides 30 Diploma Level credits towards STEP membership, enhancing your professional standing, and is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, a School of the University of Manchester.

Price: £1800 + Local taxes

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Entry requirements

60 Entry Level credits which can be achieved through:

  • Completion of a STEP Certificate (30 credits)
  • Previous learning - confirmed through Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) application - 30 credits
  • Work experience - confirmed through Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) - 30 credits

Note: You do not need to apply for APEL or APCL if you already have confirmed, or if you have studied for at least two STEP Certificates previously.

Become a member of STEP

This is a STEP course/qualification. STEP membership is required to study this course and must be maintained throughout the duration of your studies.

You will need 60 Entry Level credits and if you are not already, you will become an Affiliate member by enrolling on this course. STEP will contact you regarding membership 4-6 weeks after course enrolment.

Successful completion of the course will provide 30 Diploma Level credits as part of the STEP Qualification and Membership framework.

What will I learn?

  • The principles of risk and risk management
  • The principles of international tax law, including conflict of laws issues and double taxation treaties
  • International tax law issues affecting companies, partnerships, trusts and foundations
  • The compulsory disclosure of tax related information, namely FATCA and CRS
  • Anti-money laundering legislation, regulation and global initiatives
  • International initiatives to counter terrorist financing and tax evasion
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders, criminal and civil forfeiture and sanctions
  • The regulation of financial services providers and trust and company management service providers
  • Confidentiality and compulsory disclosure of information
  • 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 and Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI)

Is this course right for me?

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  
  • trustees/fiduciaries 
  • corporate administrators 
  • lawyers/solicitors/attorneys 
  • wealth managers 
  • accountants 
  • tax advisers
  • compliance officers/managers 
  • private bankers 
  • secretarial/administration
  • client relations/marketing/sales 
  • financial/estate planners 

Course format

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 online.

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

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

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. 

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 Principles of International Taxation, AML and Compliance.



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