Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering


Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
Saturday, 4 May 2019

Duration: 6 Saturdays from 9.30 am to 2 pm

Course Award

Awarding body:
The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

CPD Hours:
Recognised by The Institute of Banking and LIA for CPD Purposes

Learn about the history and impact of money laundering and terrorist financing, and the initiatives designed to combat them.

Delivered by leading academics and financial services experts, the purpose of the Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering is to equip students (from a variety of professional and interested backgrounds) with an understanding of the history and nature of the money laundering and terrorist financing offences, and the special approach taken by the AML/TF legislation to prevent these offences.

Students will consider in detail the various obligations imposed by the AML/TF legislation on credit and financial institutions including, in particular, their designated Money Laundering Reporting Officers. At the end of the course, students will have a firm understanding of the legislation’s requirements in relation to, in particular, the risk-based approach, customer due diligence, reporting suspicious transactions, record-keeping, training and corporate governance.
Students will also learn about the criminal and civil enforcement procedures that await those who have been found guilty or are suspected of money laundering or terrorist financing offences.

Those working in credit and financial institutions such as banks, credit unions and insurance undertakings.  Those working in the commercial and criminal legal systems in Ireland, who have a special interest in anti-money laundering/terrorist financing (AML/TF) legislation.  Those who would like to know more about the history and impact of money laundering and terrorist financing, and the initiatives designed to combat them.


Tara Murphy is a practising barrister, who has worked in advisory, policy and research roles in both the Public and Private Sectors. From 2013 to 2015, Tara worked with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department is responsible for a number of initiatives to improve the openness, transparency and accountability of the Civil and Public Service. Based in the Civil Service HR Policy Directorate, Tara provided legal assistance in relation to a range of employment law issues including, but not limited to, the roll-out and implementation of several new HR policies.

Tara also spent a number of years working with the Law Reform Commission, an independent body established under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 to keep the law under independent, objective and expert review. The Commission has published a wide range of consultation papers and reports on diverse areas of civil and criminal law. Tara worked on several of these publications, including those relating to the Civil Liability of the Good Samaritans and Volunteers, and Mandatory Sentencing. Tara has presented a number of papers on her work including, in particular, sentencing the corporate fraudster.

Tara has worked with a number of other organisations including the National Disability Authority and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Tara holds a Degree in Law with French Law from University College Dublin, a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a Diploma in Employment Law from Dublin Institute of Technology. She also studied at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

Tara’s areas of interest include employment law, criminal law, contract law and human rights law. She lectures in employment law, corporate fraud investigation, anti-money laundering and financial law and regulation.

Lecture 1
Introduction; the rise of money laundering and terrorist financing; the initiatives that sought to keep apace
• Background to money laundering and terrorist financing:
– Understanding the general concept of “money laundering” and “terrorist financing”
– Tracing the history of money laundering and terrorist financing
– Stock-taking money laundering and terrorist financing today

• Comparative Study of Initiatives:
– International initiatives
– EU initiatives

• Background to Criminal Justice (Money Laundering) Acts

Lecture 2
Criminal Justice (Money Laundering) Acts: The Offences and Designated Persons
• Criminal Offences:
– Money laundering offences
– Other offences related to money laundering
– Terrorism
– Secondary liability

• Designated Persons:
– Who is subject to AML/CTF Rules?
– Exemptions
– Entities specifically excluded

Lecture 3
Keeping Ahead of the Game: The Risk-Based Approach
• What is a “risk-based” approach?
• Applying a risk-based approach
• Legislative Basis
• Role of senior management and internal controls
• AML/CFT risk policy and procedures
• Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment
• Other factors to consider in designing a risk based approach

Lecture 4
Know your Customer or else: Customer Due Diligence
• What is customer due diligence?
• When do the customer due diligence obligations apply?
• What customer due diligence measures should be conducted?
• Timing of customer due diligence measures
• Failure to comply with customer due diligence procedures
• Simplified customer due diligence
• Enhanced customer due diligence
• Non face-to-face customer due diligence
• Special provisions applying to Credit and Financial Institutions
• Reliance on Third Parties to undertake Due Diligence

Lecture 5
Blowing the Whistle: Reporting Suspicious Transactions
• Legislative requirements
• Reporting of Suspicious Transactions
• Knowledge, suspicion and reasonable grounds for suspicion
• Timing of reports
• Protections from disclosures
• The internal reporting process
• Process for reporting to the “FIU” and Revenue Commissioners
• Tipping off
• Directions and Orders

Lecture 6
Taking Note: Requirement to keep Records
• Legislative requirements
• What records should be maintained?
• Possible formats in which records may be kept
• Where and for how long should records be maintained?

Lecture 7
Knowledge is Power: Training
• Legislative requirements
• What should designated persons do?
• Additional consideration by staff

Lecture 8
Inside Out: Governance, and Internal Policies & Procedures
• Legislative requirements
• Corporate Governance Code
• Senior Management’s Responsibilities
• The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO)

Lecture 9
Laying down the Law: Enforcement Procedures
• Criminal sanctions
• Monitoring of Designated Persons
• Freezing of Terrorist Funds
• Administrative Sanctions

Lecture 10
Following the Money: Civil Liability
• Conversion of stolen property
• Tracing the proceeds of crime
• Constructive trusteeship
• Knowing assistance

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering course. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • Why City Colleges?
    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

“Tara’s material is well prepared and she is very knowledgeable on the subject matter.  She presents the class in a professional manner, while maintaining good approachability.  She is excellent at encouraging class discussion around what is a very interesting subject.”

Tony Coughlan

City Colleges