STEP - Certificate

STEP Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering

STEP Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering
Credits Awarding Body STEP
Credits Awarded 30
Credits Awarded Level Entry-Level

This course covers the nature of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF), how the offences of ML/TF are committed, how money is laundered, initiatives to prevent its commission and the laws, regulations and best practice.

Course purpose

The course provides you with all of the essential knowledge you need to establish a successful career in the field of anti-money laundering. The global nature of the world’s financial systems provides criminals with virtually unlimited opportunities to launder the proceeds of their crimes. It is the responsibility of individuals and professionals working within the wealth administration industry to try to prevent and report knowledge and suspicion of money laundering. If funds from criminal activity can be processed through a particular institution, the integrity, reputation, legality and financial viability of that firm and the sector within which it works can be seriously impacted.

You will be able to

  • Recognise how and why criminal proceeds are laundered, including the three-stage model and its limitations.
  • Have a broad understanding of the roles of the IMF, UN and World Bank as international standard setters in combating money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • Understand the basic requirements of the FATF standards and 40 Recommendations, and how and why these have developed as they have.
  • Understand the importance of a robust governance structure for money-laundering prevention, the responsibilities of the board/senior management and the clear allocation of roles and responsibilities throughout the organisation.
  • Outline key risks relating to transaction monitoring and filtering activities and know how to use this knowledge in creating a risk-based transaction monitoring and filtering framework.
  • Identify the problems that can arise from conflicts between legal obligations to report and the need to maintain customer confidentiality.
  • Be familiar with the money laundering vulnerabilities of specific financial services and products, such as bank accounts and wire transfers.

Course audience

The course is designed for those who work in the international private wealth management field and those who are looking to develop their understanding of anti-money laundering. The course will particularly benefit those whose roles involve compliance, regulatory matters, internal audit and money laundering reporting.

Students of this course typically include:

  • MLROs and Deputies
  • Financial Crime/Risk Officers
  • Analysts
  • Funds Managers/Officers
  • Compliance Officers/Managers
  • Auditors
  • Trust Assistants/Officers/Administrators
  • Trust Managers (Senior)
  • Trustees/Fiduciaries
  • Corporate Administrators
  • Lawyers/Solicitors/Attorneys
  • Wealth Managers
  • Accountants
  • Tax Advisors
  • Bankers
  • Secretarial/Administration
  • Client Relations/Marketing/Sales


  • It is designed, written and updated by leading professionals in AML and Financial Crime.
  • Flexible online delivery and virtual classrooms designed for working professionals.
  • Students have the opportunity to interact directly with the course tutors at the virtual classroom.
  • The virtual classrooms are recorded and made available for all students on the programme.
  • Online discussion forum for students to interact with their cohort and ask questions about the programme.

Format, Delivery and Assessment

This course is available for study twice annually, with intakes beginning in January and July (and examinations taking place in May and November. The programme is delivered entirely online and takes four months to complete. We recommend that you spend four to six hours per week on private study for the duration of the course.

Enrolment onto this course will include the following:

  • access to the online learning platform which contains:
    • bespoke, soft copy course reading
    • self-assessment material
    • two interactive virtual classrooms
  • distance learning support
  • examination fees.

The course is assessed by way of a two-hour online examination comprising 60 multiple-choice questions. There is a window of around 20 hours in which students can sit the examination on the given examination date. The examination questions are drawn from across the syllabus and candidates must achieve 50% in order to pass the Certificate. 

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will gain 30 Entry Level credits towards STEP membership and be awarded the STEP Certificate in Anti-money Laundering.

Course Schedules

Course Timetable - 2021

Please note all courses until end December 2020 and throughout 2021 are being delivered fully online. Please visit ‘2021 Delivery’ for further information.


There are no formal exemptions available for this course.

Fees and Booking

To enrol for this course, you must select your preferred course start date and the corresponding events.

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July 2021 1100.00 1045.00

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Awarded By



Online Only


4 Months

Entry Criteria





Lee Byrne

Lee has with a wealth of compliance, financial crime and AML/CFT knowledge, practical skills and experience and has served for more than 27 years financial services covering front office and back office controls across a diverse range of financial service activities including retail and commercial banking, private banking, trade finance, on-line banking and credit card products and treasury operations.

Bill Howarth

Bill Howarth is the President of the International Compliance Association (ICA) and is responsible for its global Compliance, AML and Financial Crime prevention policy and initiatives.

Pekka Dare

Pekka is one of the principal authors of the STEP Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering course manual and has extensive experience as a practitioner, including roles as an MLRO for a multinational life and pensions firm and Head of Financial Crime Prevention of a division of a major UK bank. 

Tracey Calvert

Tracey is a legal and regulatory compliance and professional ethics expert. She is a lawyer who has practised both in private practice and in an in-house position. She has been a senior ethics adviser and then policy executive with the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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