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In today's fast-paced business world, compliance is more important than ever. Failure to comply with regulations and standards can result in serious consequences for your organization. That's why we have designed the CCS designation to help organizations establish and maintain an effective compliance program within the financial industry. It's crucial to have certified professionals on your team who understand the best practices and can ensure your organization is meeting its legal and regulatory obligations. Join the CCS program and become a GECB Certified Compliance Specialist equipped to navigate complex compliance challenges, safeguard organizational integrity, and drive excellence in compliance practices.

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Format:  Multiple choice | Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese simplified and Portuguese | Questions: 100 | Duration: 120 minutes | Passing Score: 70 % | Exam mode: online and proctored based 

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The Certified Compliance Specialist (CCS) certification program is a comprehensive and industry-leading training designed to equip compliance professionals within the financial industry, with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to implement and manage effective compliance programs.

The program covers a wide range of compliance concepts, including but not limited to ethics and financial integrity, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorism financing (CTF), vigilance with financial instruments and derivatives, customer due diligence (KYC), transaction monitoring, suspicious activity reporting, investigation techniques, compliance sanctions, FATCA, and other compliance requirements specific to the banking industry. With a strong focus on practical application, the CCS certification program aims to produce competent and proficient compliance specialists capable of addressing the ever-evolving regulatory landscape. It sets a new standard in compliance excellence, providing professionals with the tools to navigate complex regulatory environments and maintain ethical practices within their organizations.

The CCS certification includes rigorous assessments and examinations to evaluate candidates' understanding of compliance principles and their ability to apply the knowledge in real-world scenarios. Successful candidates will earn the prestigious Certified Compliance Specialist (CCS) designation from GECB, signifying their expertise and commitment to excellence in compliance management.

Why getting certified?

Getting certified as a Certified Compliance Specialist (CCS) offers numerous benefits for compliance professionals in the financial sector. Here are some key reasons to consider pursuing the CCS certification:

  • Comprehensive Knowledge and Skills: The CCS certification program provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential compliance concepts, regulations, and best practices. By obtaining the certification, you gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills necessary to exceed expectations in your daily compliance tasks.
  • Industry Recognition and Credibility: The CCS certification is recognized and respected within the compliance profession. It signifies your expertise and competence in regulatory compliance, setting you apart as a qualified professional in the eyes of many employers, clients, and peers.
  • Career Advancement Opportunities: Holding the CCS certification can open doors to new career opportunities and advancement within the financial sector. Employers often prioritize certified professionals when hiring for compliance roles or considering individuals for promotions.
  • Enhanced Professional Reputation: The CCS certification adds credibility to your professional reputation. It demonstrates your commitment to maintaining the highest standards of compliance and ethical practices, enhancing your professional credibility and integrity.
  • Networking and Collaboration: Becoming a Certified Compliance Specialist allows you to join a network of like-minded professionals. You gain access to a community of certified compliance specialists, industry experts, and thought leaders, providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.
  • Stay Updated with Regulatory Changes: The CCS certification program ensures you stay updated with evolving regulations and compliance requirements. You gain insights into emerging trends, industry developments, and regulatory changes, allowing you to adapt and implement effective compliance strategies.
  • Continuous Professional Development: GECB offers ongoing professional development opportunities to CCS-certified professionals. You can engage in advanced training, webinars, conferences, and workshops to stay at the forefront of compliance practices and further enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Competitive Advantage: In a competitive job market, the CCS certification gives you a competitive edge over non-certified professionals. Employers value individuals with industry-recognized certifications, and it can give you an advantage when seeking new opportunities or negotiating salary and benefits.
  • Personal and Professional Growth: Pursuing the CCS certification is a journey of personal and professional growth. Through the program, you challenge yourself, expand your knowledge, and develop critical skills that contribute to your overall career development and success.
  • Commitment to Ethical Compliance: By obtaining the CCS certification, you demonstrate your commitment to upholding ethical compliance practices, financial integrity, and regulatory standards. It reflects your dedication to maintaining the highest levels of compliance within the financial industry.

In summary, obtaining the CCS certification offers a pathway to professional excellence, industry recognition, career advancement, and ongoing learning within the compliance profession. It equips you with the knowledge, skills, and credibility to excel in your compliance role and make a meaningful impact in the financial sector.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the GECB Certified Compliance Specialist program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Having at least one (1) year of professional experience in compliance or related roles in the financial sector.
  • Holding an advanced degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Completion of a 30 hours training with a GECB approved training partner.

Note: The self-study option is available only to candidates who can demonstrate extensive experience in the field of internal auditing.

Certification Process

  • Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility Before embarking on your journey to becoming a GECB Certified Compliance Specialist (CCS), it's crucial to evaluate your eligibility. Review the prerequisites and criteria to ensure you meet the necessary qualification and experience level.
  • Step 2: Submit Your Application Once you've confirmed your eligibility, submit your application for the CCS program. Our streamlined application process is designed to make it easy for you to take the next steps towards achieving professional excellence.
  • Step 3: Application Review, Approval, or Denial Our dedicated team will thoroughly review your application to assess your eligibility. You'll receive prompt notification of either approval or denial. In the case of denial, we'll provide feedback and guidance on how to meet the requirements.
  • Step 4: Purchase Your Certification Toolkit Upon approval, you can proceed to purchase your CCS certification toolkit. This bundle includes access to essential study materials and resources to help you prepare efficiently for the examination.
  • Step 5: Prepare for Your Exam To excel in your CCS exam, you are encouraged to join an official training course with a GECB-approved partner, benefitting from a thorough exam preparation, expert guidance and a second chance exam retaking with 50% discount. Alternatively, self-study candidates opting for independent exam preparation should have extensive experience in the field to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the content.
  • Step 6: Schedule Your Exam GECB offers multiple opportunities to take your online exams. CCS exams are held four times a year, at the end of each quarter. However, additional exam windows can be requested by GECB approved partners. Select a suitable exam date and write to us for scheduling.
  • Step 7: Take Your Exam Online Sit for your CCS exam, and upon completion, receive your instant results. Our automated system will swiftly assess your performance and provide you with your exam outcome.
  • Step 8: Become Certified Upon successfully passing the exam, the certification committee will review the report submitted by our proctor. Within seven days, you'll receive your prestigious digital premium certificate suitable for framing. Our digital badges and certificates are accessible and verifiable anytime, anywhere, on any device with an internet connection. You can easily showcase your achievements to potential employers, partners or colleagues, enhancing your professional reputation and visibility on a global scale.

  • Step 9: Receive Your Hard Copy Certificate (Optional) For those who prefer a tangible symbol of their achievement, GECB offers the option to receive an official hard copy certificate with a premium stamp. Upon your request and for additional cost, our certification committee will expedite the production of this prestigious document. Within 30 days, your hard copy certificate will be dispatched through internationally recognized courier services such as DHL, UPS, FedEx, or equivalent, ensuring its safe and timely delivery to your doorstep.
  • Step 10: Maintain Your Certification At GECB, we understand that professional development is an ongoing journey. To keep your designation current and continuously reflect your expertise, each GECB certificate is valid for three (3) years. The process of maintaining your certification is straightforward. You are required to provide proof of a minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD) and renew your membership within the GECB community of certified professionals. For a nominal fee of 149 USD, your certification is extended for another three years period. There's no need to undergo the examination process again. The GECB Certification Committee will promptly issue a new premium digital certificate, ensuring your professional standing remains at its peak.

Note: With our membership policy, you will enjoy the benefits of renewing all your certifications by paying a single fee, rather than incurring separate renewal cost for each certification obtained, as our competitors do.

Join the ranks of distinguished professionals who have chosen GECB for their career development. Experience the quality and excellence that set GECB apart in the world of professional certification.

Section 1: Introduction to Compliance Management

  • Understanding the importance of compliance in today's business landscape
  • Overview of key compliance frameworks, including ISO 37301
  • Establishing a culture of compliance and ethics

Section 2: Risk Assessment and Mitigation

  • Identification and evaluation of compliance risks
  • Implementing risk mitigation strategies and controls
  • Developing effective compliance frameworks

Section 3: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Financial Crime Prevention

  • Recognizing the impact of money laundering on global economies
  • Designing and implementing robust AML policies and procedures
  • Conducting effective AML risk assessments and transaction monitoring

Section 4: Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence

  • Understanding KYC as a cornerstone of effective compliance
  • Identifying and verifying customer identities to prevent financial crimes
  • Handling high-risk customers and politically exposed persons (PEPs)

Section 5: Regulatory Compliance and Reporting

  • Navigating complex regulatory landscapes in various industries
  • Ensuring compliance with industry-specific laws and regulations
  • Building effective reporting mechanisms and meeting regulatory requirements

Section 6: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Tax Compliance

  • Understanding FATCA provisions and implications for financial institutions
  • Ensuring FATCA compliance and reporting obligations
  • Managing tax compliance risks and challenges

Section 7: Sanctions and Embargoes Compliance

  • Overview of international sanctions and embargo regimes
  • Developing effective sanctions screening and monitoring processes
  • Mitigating risks associated with sanctions violations

Section 8: Compliance Auditing and Monitoring

  • Conducting compliance audits and internal monitoring activities
  • Utilizing data analytics and technology for enhanced compliance oversight
  • Identifying areas for improvement and addressing compliance gaps

Section 9: Ethics and Integrity in Compliance

  • Integrating ethics and integrity into compliance decision-making
  • Fostering a culture of integrity and ethical behavior within the organization
  • Addressing ethical dilemmas in compliance roles

Section 10: Emerging Trends and Technologies in Compliance

  • Staying updated on evolving compliance trends and challenges
  • Leveraging technology and data analytics for efficient compliance management
  • Preparing for the future of compliance in a digital age

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2024 Exam Windows

  • March 25 or 31
  • June 24 or 30
  • September 22 or 30
  • December 22 or 30

Learning options available

Instructor-Led Learning

  • Structured Learning Environment: Ideal for individuals who thrive in a structured study environment. Instructor-led classes provide a well-organized and guided approach to your certification journey.
  • GECB-Approved Partners: These classes are conducted by GECB-approved partners worldwide, ensuring quality instruction.
  • Peer Interaction: Benefit from valuable peer discussions and networking opportunities, enhancing your understanding of the subject matter.

Instructor-Supported Learning

  • Flexible Support: Designed for candidates who seek instructor support but have unpredictable schedules.
  • Personalized Assistance: Receive personalized assistance online from GECB-approved partners.
  • No Set Meeting Times: There are no required meeting times, allowing you to complete assignments and study at your own pace.

Corporate and Group Learning

  • Tailored for Groups: Ideal for both small and large groups, offering flexibility for self-study or instructor-led classes.
  • Virtual Learning: GECB assists in organizing groups, whether participants are in one location or geographically dispersed.
  • Structured Progress Tracking: Utilize online group reporting to monitor progress, ensuring your training investment is optimized.

Self-Study Option

  • Eligibility: Suited for experienced professionals with busy or unpredictable schedules.
  • Learn at Your Own Pace: Study independently with complete autonomy in your learning process, aligning with your unique schedule.
  • Exam Flexibility: Schedule and take your exam online within the allotted period, providing convenience and control over your certification journey.

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