AML Foundations Certificate + ACAMS Membership


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Course Syllabus


The ACAMS AML Foundations e-learning course was developed for professionals new to AML compliance and those whose responsibilities require a firm understanding of what goes into detecting, preventing, and reporting money laundering and financial crimes.


The course is written and presented by subject matter experts working around the world. It pulls examples from many countries, and is globally appropriate. The lessons and examples are relevant to any industry. A primary focus is “financial institutions,” including banks, credit unions, asset managers, insurance, MSB, securities broker-dealers, credit card issuers, alternate payment systems, etc.

Course Structure

All materials are offered through an online learning format that makes the training accessible from almost anywhere. ACAMS allows you 4 calendar weeks to complete 4 hours of coursework, which includes an assessment after each section. You will be guided using a learning path on ACAMS’ learning management system (LMS). Follow all instructions


To earn the certificate you must pass all 4 assessments within 4 weeks. In total, the evaluation has 40 questions, 10 for each content section. The minimum passing score is 80%. Multiple attempts are allowed. When you pass, your ACAMS Certificate will be available in the learning path itself. Click to download a PDF. ACAMS will automatically add 4 CAMS Credits to your profile.

Technical Requirements

The course is compatible with most operating systems and browsers to make it easy to participate.



AML Foundations is a stepping stone for entry-level employees not yet ready for CAMS, and for business line staff, who need solid AML training now to help them add more value on the
job today.

Course Content


1. Basics of AML/CTF.
a. Stages
b. Consequences
c. Methods: Banks
d. Methods: Non-Bank
e. Terrorist Financing


2. Laws and Regulations.
a. US Legislation
b. Financial Action Task Force
c. European Legislation
d. United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank
e. Wolfsberg Group
f. Basel Committee
g. Egmont Group


3. Protection.
a. Risk Assessment
b. AML/CTF Programs
c. Reporting


4. Investigations.
a. Investigation Basics
b. Investigation Outcomes
c. External Investigations
d. Interviewing
e. International Cooperation


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