ACFCS debuts Financial Crime Essentials, comprehensive introductory course to help professionals prevent and protect against financial crime

Aug. 31, 2017 – MIAMI – The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, has launched its Financial Crime Essentials, a robust introductory online course covering the essential methods and means for preventing and protecting against financial crime.

“Organizations of all types today face an increasing number of financial crime threats perpetrated by sophisticated sources. Minimizing those threats within an organization requires everyone to understand the risks and measures necessary to thwart them,” said ACFCS Executive Director Garry Clement, CAMS, CFE, CFCS. “We believe it is critical for all employees – front-line agents to occupants of the C-Suite – to have a basic grounding in the risks they face, and financial crime detection protocols to protect themselves and their organizations. Financial Crime Essentials meets that need, and we believe will be widely accepted by proactive institutions wanting an understanding beyond just money laundering.”

Financial Crime Essentials is a one-hour, online offering that covers the common methods used and vulnerabilities exploited by financial criminals. The course answers pressing questions around how financial crimes have evolved in recent years, what is required for compliance programs in this new era, global best practices for detection and prevention, and more. It goes far beyond the anti-money-laundering and compliance areas, spanning the entire financial crime threat landscape including the key areas of financial crime, sanctions, fraud, tax evasion, bribery and corruption, money and commodities, investigations, asset recovery, cyber security, international standards and ethics.

With content developed by financial crime prevention professionals, the course awards 1.5 hours of Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) credit, and a certificate of completion. The course is free for ACFCS members and available for $99 for all others. Visit ACFCS/Financial Crime Essentials to learn more.

The 2017 ACFCS financial crime conference will be October 16-17 at The Hyatt Regency, Boston. The conference was designed for the new reality of financial crime detection and prevention. Now in its sixth year, the conference has become a gathering place for subject matter experts, thought leaders and seasoned professionals in all fields fighting financial crime – compliance, law enforcement, regulatory and civil society. Register before September 15 to receive a $200 early bird discount on ACFCS conference registration. Registration is now open and more information can be found at:


The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is a worldwide organization for professionals who work in diverse financial crime prevention disciplines. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination. Professionals in financial crime prevention from more than 50 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.

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