Combating Financial Crime

CISI Level 3 Award in Combating Financial Crime

Why study Combating Financial Crime?

Combating Financial Crime, developed in collaboration with QCo, provides a global view of transnational crime. It illustrates practical defences, includes the Bribery Act (2010) and focuses on how laws, regulations and best practice continue to evolve across the entire spectrum of associated activities. It covers the background and nature of financial crime, money laundering, terrorist financing, and corruption; combating financial crime, bribery and the role of the private sector.

Is Combating Financial Crime right for me?

Combating Financial Crime is suitable for compliance officers and money laundering reporting officers, those involved in regulation, law enforcement, trade and commerce and individuals from bi-lateral development institutions and civil society organisations.

Key features:

  • Specialist qualification – it takes a global view of transnational crime, illustrates practical defences and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as part of the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC)
  • Combine it with a CISI regulatory exam to complete the full Certificate in Combating Financial Crime. You are exempt from the regulation paper if you have already achieved a regulatory paper through another route, such as the IOC
  • Offers a progressive study pathway – Combating Financial Crime is one of the first steps in the CISI’s compliance qualifications study pathway and offers access to the higher level Diploma in Investment Compliance
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • Exams available online via remote invigilation or at one of our global test centres

Qualification Factsheets

Qualification Structure

Combating Financial Crime award is achieved by successfully passing a multiple-choice question exam. Details for this exam are shown below.

Optional qualification: Combating Financial Crime can also be combined with a regulatory exam to achieve the CISI Level 3 Certificate in Combating Financial Crime. It can also be taken as part of the Investment Operations Certificate.

Total Qualification Time:
Level 3 Award: 81 hours
Level 3 Certificate: 162 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for the Level 3 Award is 81 hours, and, Level 3 Certificate is 162 hours. TQT is an estimate of the number of hours that a typical candidate might reasonably spend in achieving the qualification. This will vary depending on your previous experience, and includes any formal study as well as self-study and assessment time.


Exam Details

Exam Availability

Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is and the pass mark is . The exam grades are as follows:

Regulated Qualifications Framework

credits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework are awarded upon successfully passing this exam

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Study support


A CISI Combating Financial Crime workbook is required to be purchased when booking the exam. This is to ensure there is one standard workbook from which all exam candidates can prepare. You can also choose to purchase elearning to support your exam preparation.

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Accredited Training Partners

You can choose to complete formal training for our exams with a CISI Accredited Training Partner (ATP).

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Post Qualification Opportunities


Obtaining the Combating Financial Crime qualification entitles you to join the Institute as an  Affiliate. As a member of the Institute, you will enjoy the recognition of being a professional in a world of increasing competition. The extensive continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities available through the CISI’s suite of membership benefits ensures financial services practitioners can maintain competence and meet the requirements of firms and the regulator.

Further Qualifications

To further theoretical and practical knowledge upon completion of Combating Financial Crime, qualifications to take include: