Improving Risk & Compliance Standards in Africa

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Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa

The Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA) is a continental network of experienced and certified Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) professionals working on the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa. ACCPA currently has over 3,000 members in 46 countries. The ACCPA network allows AML/CTF compliance professionals in Africa to come together to share knowledge, ideas, expertise, and best practices amongst themselves with the aim of gaining a better understanding of Africa's ever-changing AML regime. ACCPA is a privately-held association founded in January 2015.

The goal of ACCPA is to raise the standard of AML compliance within the African continent by giving 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 members 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 within the association for networking, employment opportunities, and career advancement. Professionals who are new to the AML sector gain from the perspective of experienced professionals within the network while experienced professionals also gain from the perspective of well-established professionals and experts within the network 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 meant to provide rigorous training for professionals within the ACCPA network. While the ACCPA prefers that its members become certified, the association does not pressure its members to become certified; members decide when to take the certification exam on their own.

ACCPA is an independent organization. It is not affiliated with any private firm, NGO or government body. 

ACCPA Membership Benefits

Compliance professionals within the ACCPA network enjoy the following benefits:

1). ACCPA provide its members with an in-depth global knowledge of AML regulation 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 AML sector in their country can establish authority over such knowledge by submitting a short article for publication in the ACCPA Compliance Magazine.