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About ACCPA  


ACCPA is a Risk & Compliance solutions provider for financial institutions in Africa. ACCPA currently has over 500 clients in all 55 African countries. ACCPA enables financial institutions to properly manage their risk and compliance standards through international best practices. ACCPA is a privately-held organization founded in January 2015.

The goal of ACCPA is to raise the standard of Risk &  Compliance within the African continent by giving financial institutions and compliance professionals the tools, training, and knowledge they will need to achieve this goal. A primary objective of ACCPA is to train African compliance professionals in techniques that will allow them to interpret global AML regulations in the African context. The skill of interpreting global AML regulations in the African context is the most valuable skill an African compliance professional can have as there exist a dissonance between global AML regulations and their applicability in Africa. ACCPA aims to close this gap by helping interpret global AML regulations in a manner that reflects the ‘African reality.’  

ACCPA aims to build confidence among its clients by allowing them to gain an understanding of Africa's AML regime beyond their immediate borders. Members of ACCPA enjoy the privilege of connecting with other AML compliance professionals in ACCPA for networking, employment opportunities, and career advancement. Professionals who are new to the AML sector gain from the perspective of experienced professionals while experienced professionals also gain from the perspective of well-established professionals and experts who have experience working in and outside the African continent.

AML compliance is a knowledge/content-based field, as such, compliance professionals are expected to keep up with knowledge in the field by becoming familiar with new regulations as well as techniques to implement new regulations. Once a professional becomes a member of ACCPA, she or he is encouraged to take the ACCPA Certification Exam which is designed to provide rigorous training for compliance professionals in Africa. ACCPA is an independent organization. It is not affiliated with any private firm, NGO or government body. 



Who Can Become A Member of ACCPA

ACCPA membership is open to all Risk & Compliance professionals. New members can submit their registration directly on our website or by contacting us at info@acc-pa.org. New members are required to register for the ACCPA Certification Exam in order to become certified. When you sign up for ACCPA membership, the employment information you provide will be verified before you will be allowed full membership. Your membership registration will be rejected if any of the information you submit on your application is found to be false or incorrect.

ACCPA's membership is made up of Risk & Compliance professionals at financial and non-financial institutions. Many of our members include:

  • Senior Management
  • Risk Management Staff
  • Compliance Staff
  • Internal Control Staff
  • Internal Audit Staff
  • Operations Staff
  • Branch Staff
  • Bank-wide Staff 


ACCPA Membership Benefits

Risk & Compliance professionals within the ACCPA network enjoy the following benefits:


1). ACCPA provide its members with an in-depth global knowledge of compliance as practiced in North America and Europe and then guide them to re-apply this knowledge to the African context.

2). Compliance professionals within the ACCPA network receive ongoing professional development through our online tutorials and peer-to-peer advise forums that are designed to provide a solid foundation for professionals new to the field as well as to enhance the knowledge, skills, and expertise of our experienced professionals.

3). ACCPA members receive the training and expertise that will make them more qualified than others when they apply for a new job or seek promotion.

4). With the value-added from our certification program, ACCPA members have the potential to command a higher salary. Research shows that compliance professionals with certification receive more pay than those without certification.


5). ACCPA members gain international recognition as trained and certified compliance professionals with informed knowledge and expertise that is specifically tailored for the compliance environment in Africa.

6). Due to the diversity of its membership, ACCPA members benefit immensely from the perspective of their colleagues within the network who either work in their country, another African country, or outside the continent.

7). ACCPA members with practical knowledge of the compliance sector in their country can establish authority over such knowledge by submitting a short article for publication in the ACCPA Compliance Magazine.