Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists

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ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and expertise of financial crime detection and prevention professionals, from a wide range of industries, in both the public and private sectors.

ACAMS offers resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement through certifications, (the industry’s leading online news and information resource), ACAMS Today (the premier AML magazine) international conferences, full day seminars, web seminars, customized training and peer networking opportunities. [1]


Headquartered in Miami, ACAMS also has offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, India and Singapore. Additionally, its international reach includes 63 local chapters in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Certifications and Training Programs[edit]

Advanced Certifications
In 2013, ACAMS launched two Advanced Certification programs – one for Audit (CAMS-Audit) and one for Financial Crimes Investigations (CAMS-FCI). Students of the programs, engage in intensive self-study and research, attend a three-day live course and submit as their final assessment a whitepaper on an approved topic.

E-Learning Programs
Also in 2013, ACAMS began offering two new e-learning tools - AML Foundations and ACAMS General Awareness. AML Foundations is an online program that provides baseline training for those recent to AML compliance or whose responsibilities require a firm understanding of what goes into detecting, preventing, and reporting money laundering and financial crimes.

ACAMS AML General Awareness is an e-learning tool designed for larger organizations to reach employees at every level, making them cognizant of their role in detecting money laundering and other illicit crimes.

Training Partnerships
ACAMS partners with other associations, government bodies and universities throughout the world to bring an AML and financial crimes focus to existing programs or to create new programs that help candidates develop a high level of AML and financial crime knowledge while equipping them to sit for the CAMS exam. Of note, ACAMS is currently working or has worked with the following:


Conferences & Seminars[edit]

ACAMS hosts 10 conferences throughout the world attended by AML compliance officers, risk managers, internal and external auditors, police officers, detectives, analysts, examiners, regulators and consultants at all levels and stages of their careers.

Throughout the years, the conference programs have developed to cover topics of interest for more than just banks but also securities and investment firms, law enforcement, government regulators, insurance companies, money services businesses and credit unions. ACAMS conferences are especially noted for providing opportunities for open dialogue between the private sector and government.

ACAMS one-day seminars and web seminars that provide practical information allowing participants to meet training requirements and gain insight on critical topics like risk management, customer due diligence, sanctions and regulatory developments, plus receive guidance to address emerging challenges including virtual currencies, online gambling and trade-based money laundering. Its live seminars are hosted throughout the world including Latin America, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. [4]


Founded in 1989, ACAMS provides readers news, information and analysis on money laundering and financial crime regulations, enforcement actions, cases and legislation and sanctions worldwide. ACAMS Today is a magazine for career-minded professionals in the anti-money laundering field. [5]


  1. ^ "About ACAMS - The Anti-Money Laundering Association for the Career-Minded Professional". ACAMS. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  2. ^ "About ACAMS - The Anti-Money Laundering Association for the Career-Minded Professional". ACAMS. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  3. ^ "About ACAMS - The Anti-Money Laundering Association for the Career-Minded Professional". ACAMS. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  4. ^ "About ACAMS - The Anti-Money Laundering Association for the Career-Minded Professional". ACAMS. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  5. ^ "ACAMS Today – The Magazine for Career-minded Professionals in the Anti-Money Laundering Field". Retrieved 2018-08-09.

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