FIS Designation Course

In conjunction with ManchesterCF


Become a Financial Intelligence Specialist with GCAL

Course Introduction

Great Chatwell Academy are now able to offer the full Financial Intelligence Specialist course delivered in conjunction with ManchesterCF.

The Financial Intelligence Specialist (FIS) designation provides a complete online qualification for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing compliance professionals.

Achieved by completing 12 of the specialist modules, the full range of modules are –
  • Trade-Based Money Laundering
  • Correspondent Banking
  • Private Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Fundamental AML
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Corruption
  • Terrorist Financing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Human Trafficking
  • Report Writing
  • Environmental Crime
  • Wildlife Trafficking
  • Cryptoassets

Who Is This For?

Compliance professionals and financial investigators can earn the FIS designation for life by completing 12 of the FIU Connect modules within a one-year period with a grade of 80% or higher in each course. No annual membership fee. No continuous professional development credits.

All FIU Connect modules are encoded in HTML5 and viewable through any current desktop, laptop or tablet computer. Course content resides on a secure learning management system accessible around the world, 24/7.

For AML professionals, the FIS designation sets a new standard in the world of financial intelligence. Invest in yourself.

Module Summaries


Competent financial institutions and banking regulators around the world describe trade-based money laundering as one of the more effective methods of laundering the proceeds of crime or financing terrorism.

FIU Trade-Based Money Laundering prepares bank staff to bolster defences against illicit international trade practices and identify the patterns of possible trade-based money laundering activity in order to report their concerns up the chain of command.


Regulators around the world expect international banks to erect strong defences against money laundering, terrorist financing, corruption and financial fraud.

The FIU Correspondent Banking training program includes case studies that examine current themes in regulatory enforcement and how they impact the management of a successful correspondent banking business in an international marketplace.


For most international private banks, financial crime risk management is not simply a regulatory necessity. In order to protect clients and businesses, regardless of where they are located, a prudent risk management strategy is required.

The FIU Private Banking training program is designed to place critical knowledge into the hands of private bankers so they can recognise the potential patterns of financial crime. For markets that demand the implementation of a risk-based approach, targeted training is mandatory, not optional.


Unprepared investment dealers can suffer tremendous damage from financial crime and even face extinction if they do not have defences in place. To protect themselves, investment dealers around the world must manage the increased risk of securities fraud and adhere to AML and ATF compliance.

The FIU Capital Markets program provides in-depth training to investment dealer staff on recognising and defending against financial crime vulnerabilities.


Financial institutions and financial intelligence units are under intense pressure from supervisory bodies to comply with AML and ATF regulations. Those who fail to meet the standards set by governments and legislators face monetary penalties, sanctions and settlements stretching into the billions of dollars.

The FIU Fundamental AML training program can help FIUs put the cornerstone of a durable and adaptable compliance regimen in place.


Economic sanctions, by their very nature, are meant to stem the financial flow of criminal entities, terrorist networks or rogue nations.

The FIU Economic Sanctions training program from ManchesterCF advises participants on the purpose of sanctions, the consequences of non-compliance and methods that can be used to detect and mitigate sanctions risk.


Above a certain level, money laundering and corruption work in tandem. A financial institution’s inability to maintain anti-corruption defences can lead to regulatory failures and even criminal prosecution.

Anti-corruption training is one of the most critical components of a financial institution’s compliance regime. Without specific training, financial institutions run high levels of risk in their financial crime compliance programs. International research, industry-specific examples and red-flag indicators are incorporated into the FIU Corruption training program.


The FIU Terrorist Financing training program provides detailed case studies about the diverse resourcing methods used by terrorist organisations around the world. Methods on how financial institutions can bolster their defences and prevent misuse by people or entities linked to terrorism are explored in this program.

This course has been developed by intelligence community professionals.


The ability to think critically will often dictate the success or failure of a financial investigation. Mishandled case management or disorganised reporting can adversely affect the outcome of an investigation. Compliance professionals who can think critically about the task at hand will yield more precise results with higher levels of efficiency.

With a focus on scenarios and examples, FIU Critical Thinking encourages participants to sharpen their thinking skills so that issues can be recognised early and resolved effectively.


FIU Human Trafficking advises participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate potential human trafficking through detailed case studies, examples and red flags.

By analysing transactional activity, patterns related to possible human trafficking and domestic sex slavery can be detected. Under these circumstances, financial institutions have a moral obligation to transmit accurate and timely financial intelligence to their national financial intelligence unit.


The FIU Report Writing training program helps participants understand the purpose and uses of reports and offers techniques on how to eliminate extraneous or irrelevant details when reporting. With these building blocks in place, the importance of logic, structure and clarity of language is examined.

Working with standard report templates, participants are given the tools to prepare effective and readable reports so they can be efficiently and effectively digested once submitted.


To combat environmental crime, financial intelligence must be gathered from a variety of sources. If the compliance function at financial institutions is able to detect and report on suspicious transactions to the authorities, illegal deforestation, illegal dumping of hazardous waste and the exploitation of wildlife can be greatly reduced.

Through detailed case studies, examples and red flags, the FIU Environmental Crime training program advises participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate the trafficking of illegal environmental resources.


In collaboration with The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife taskforce, ManchesterCF has assembled detailed case studies, examples and red flags to advise course participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate the illegal trade of wildlife.

Wildlife trafficking often supports a wider network of criminal activity. If compliance professionals at financial institutions are able to detect and report on suspicious transactions to the authorities, the exploitation of animals can be greatly reduced.


In partnership with Elliptic, ManchesterCF offers the FIU Cryptoassets training program which sets out to examine the current virtual asset landscape and identify weak points where nefarious actors may try to strike.

Through detailed case studies, examples and red flags, this course advises participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate the misuse of cryptoassets for financial crime.

Take the full course today for $2388