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Corporate Certification

ICA International Diploma in Managing Sanctions Risk

Course level : Level 6 - Advanced

There are three intakes a year for this course March, July and September.
This brand-new course commences on 22nd November 2021.

Sanctions are a crucial instrument in the international battle against financial crime proliferation, terrorism and human rights abuses. It’s a complex area and those who manage the risk need the right combination of knowledge, capabilities and behaviours to do so effectively.

Technical skills – develop a deeper understanding of sanctions architecture, screening and the control framework; enrich your professional skillset   

Critical thinking – enhance your judgment-making and problem-solving skills 

Collaboration and communication - ensure a joined-up approach in your management of sanctions cases 

Flexibility and adaptability – be prepared to respond to fast-changing regimes and rules 

Leadership – be empowered to make effective decisions quickly and manage resources appropriately.

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This course is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.  

Learners are required to have ONE of the following: 

A degree or professional qualification in an appropriate discipline 
Attainment of an ICA International Advanced Certificate 
Three years’ relevant work experience 

A good level of written and spoken English is also required. 

This course is suitable for mid-senior level professionals: 

  • Heads of Sanctions, Sanctions Managers and Sanctions Team Leaders 
  • MLROs, Compliance Managers, Financial Crime Managers and Risk Managers 
  • Accountants, Lawyers and Consultants 

The course has been designed for those working in multiple industry sectors including international trade, transport, pharmaceuticals, maritime, software, oil and gas and financial services. 

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ICA qualification levels explained:

  • Global sanctions architecture – Sanctions in context 
  • How sanctions regimes are implemented 
  • Evolving scope of sanctions – A changing tool 
  • Sector-based sanctions 
  • Identifying higher risk jurisdictions and activities 
  • Transparency, control, and ownership 
  • Licensing and permissible payments 
  • Management of global exposure to unilateral and regional sanctions 
  • Developing the control framework 
  • Sanctions screening 
  • Incident management and holding of sanctioned funds 
  • Sanctions lifting and roll back 
  • 9-month course assessed by 3 written assignments (3,000 – 3,500 words) 
  • A mixture of guided online study and participation in live sessions: 
    • 2 x virtual classrooms 
    • 1 x immersive learning scenario (putting you at the centre of a story) 
    • 3 x tutorials (a chance to discuss elements of the course in more depth) 
    • 3 x assessment preparation sessions 
  • Videos covering the latest industry developments and case studies 
  • Access to the ICA members’ portal containing additional reading and resources 
  • Proactive support throughout the course to help you stay on track 

We have full syllabi available for all of our qualifications. Click here to download a syllabus for this course.

In order to study for an ICA qualification you will need to become a member of ICA. If you're not currently a member of the ICA, membership will be added to your basket during checkout.

Whether you are just starting out in your career, already hold an ICA qualification or are an experienced practitioner, there is a level appropriate for you and this will be activated at the same time as your course commences.

Find out more about the many benefits of ICA membership.

 Course fees 

per currency depending on location   
GBP 3550
EUR     3905
USD 4615


Course fees stated exclude VAT or local tax, this will be added to your basket at the checkout if applicable. 

If you are funding the course yourself, we offer an interest free instalment plan of eight equal monthly payments.

Membership Fee: £75* (Student membership)

*Payable unless you are already an ICA Member. 

Exclusive Qualification Discount for ICA Professional and Fellow Members
All ICA Professional and Fellow members are entitled to discounted rates on subsequent qualifications they choose to enrol on:

  • Professional (MICA) - 10%
  • Fellow (FICA) – 15%

Simply enter your membership number on enrolment to gain your exclusive discounted rate.


If you’re from a low GDP country, you can add 15% discount in the checkout when purchasing this course. Please see full list of applicable countries.

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Expert support

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Tim Tyler

Head of Financial Crime Compliance

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Ross Savage

Course Director, Global Lead Sanctions

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James Wood-Rickett

Global Lead - Anti Money Laundering

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Help and support

Alternatively contact us on: +44(0)121 362 7534 / icainfo@int-comp.org (Course information)

or +44(0)121 362 7533 / learningsupport@int-comp.org (Enrolled learners)

or +44(0)121 362 7747 / membership@int-comp.org (Membership)

or +44 (0) 121 362 7503 / epa@int-comp.org (End Point Assessment)