The ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance has been specifically designed as an advanced programme for senior industry practitioners. It has been created to build on your extensive existing experience by providing you with enhanced skills, knowledge and expertise. Completion of this course will help you operate at the highest level within your organisation. This course is endorsed by the British Bankers’ Association.

  • Demonstrate the highest level of specialist knowledge and skills in your field
  • Drive your personal leadership ambitions
  • Gain access to experienced practitioners and thought leaders and learn from their unique insights
  • Develop new ideas, explore cutting-edge best practice and gain a global perspective
  • Build professional networks
  • Achieve ‘Certified Professional’ status
  • Become automatically eligible for Fellowship of the International Compliance Association (the highest grade of membership)

Who will the course benefit?

  • Heads of Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Prevention
  • Money Laundering Reporting and Prevention Officers
  • Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Managers and senior staff
  • Senior Risk staff
  • Senior Internal and External Audit staff
  • Company Secretaries
  • Accountants
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Regulatory Representatives
  • Anyone working in the above areas who aspires to be in a leadership role within an organisation

What will you learn?

The syllabus covers a variety of key issues relevant at a senior level and is designed to provide an insight into risks and potential hurdles faced by your organisation. The syllabus is delivered by an exclusive series of high profile masterclasses covering relevant topics.

  • Building and leading an effective governance, risk & compliance (GRC) team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • Deriving competitive advantage from an ethical approach to GRC
  • Current and emerging regulatory ‘hot topics’
  • Understanding the conduct agenda
  • Using corporate governance compliance for the benefit of the firm
  • The effective use of information technology in GRC
  • Current and emerging financial crime ‘hot topics’



Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the programme you should:

  • Be a senior practitioner (i.e. hold a senior management role) with at least three years’ experience in that role or at the equivalent level of seniorityOR
  • Possess an ICA Diploma, have at least five years’ experience in a related discipline and currently work in a role that includes senior level responsibilities and regular engagement with senior practitioners.

How will you be assessed?

  • The production of 6 x 1000 word Masterclass summaries – a short summary of the key principles and best practice outlined in the masterclass (‘reflective learning’)
  • A three hour competency-based interview using both information describing your career to date and other evidence you wish to submit to map your knowledge, skills and experience against the National Occupational Standards of Competence.


ICA qualifications are awarded in association with Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

How and where can you study?

The course takes 9-12 months to complete. It is a blend of self-study, research, attendance at masterclasses and high level interaction with other like-minded, senior practitioners.

  • Attendance at eight masterclasses
  • Two compulsory modules delivered by recorded webinar on research methodology and assessment preparation
  • Two mentoring sessions (face to face or online)


Residential Weekend (June 2015 intake)

Teaching takes place over two condensed residential weekends in the world renowned University Centre of Oxford. Overnight accommodation and meals are provided including private dinners with guest speakers. This format is ideal for time-pressed professionals or those travelling from overseas.

View course dates for this format here

What does it cost?

£4950 (+VAT if applicable) – Residential Weekend (this price includes accommodation & meals)

“Risk and compliance professionals need to demonstrate clarity of thought and an external perspective, whether we own and lead the debate or we contribute to wider business discussions. This course has broadened my horizons and improved my knowledge in technical areas. It has been a valuable investment in my professional development.”

Blair Miller, RBS

How do you apply?

Download the enrolment form here and email to ict@int-comp.com or you can enrol online. Your application must also be accompanied by the following documents (and will not be reviewed until these are also received):

  • Job profile
  • CV
  • Organisational chart*


*If you are unable to provide an organisational chart or this does not apply to your role, please provide an explanation with your application.

Your eligibility for the course will be assessed before your enrolment is accepted.

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