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SCS – Sanctions Compliance Specialist

Gain the latest practical knowledge of Global Sanctions Compliance and enhance the level of protection provided by your name-screening systems.

Our study guide for this certificate defines the compliance controls of three distinct pillars: Processes, Systems, and Reports. It also discusses the most important sanctions regimes issued by the UN, EU, and OFAC.

Additionally, our program teaches you how to deal with sanctioned or high-risk countries, work on name screening tools & sanctions systems, understand violation reports, interpret the results, take decisions, and more.


Program Price USD 499 covers:

One-year membership, access to the candidate portal where you can download the program study guide, undertake the practice questions, Schedule your online proctored exam. and E-Certificate and verifiable digital badge when you pass the assessment, GCI also offers one exam retake for free.

Enroll today to become a Certified Sanctions Compliance Specialist (SCS).

What Sanctions & Counter-Proliferation Finance Are

  • Understand the concept of Sanctions and Embargoes.
  • Identify the parties that issue sanctions (United Nations Security Council, European Union, and OFAC).
  • Differentiate between types of sanctions (comprehensive, sectoral, targeted, global human rights).
  • Comprehend the consequences of non-compliance with sanctions.
  • Define and understand proliferation and proliferation finance and their obligations.
  • Conduct proliferation finance risk assessment
  • Identify red flags and typologies of proliferation finance.


International Context

  • Learn about the sanctions imposed by the UN, the European Union, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • Understand the roles of governments, regulators, and financial institutions in sanction compliance.



  • Understand the customer onboarding and account opening procedures.
  • Contrast automatic versus manual name screening.
  • Consider important factors during the account opening process review.
  • Understand when and how the name screening should be undertaken.
  • Acknowledge the significance of training in sanction compliance.
  • Learn about the screening system's matching ranks and algorithms.
  • Understand Delta Files and documentation.
  • Learn how to perform manual and automated name screening.
  • Understand de-risking activities.
  • Learn about Banking Authenticated Messages (SWIFT) and the different types of SWIFT messages.



  • Discover Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAAT).
  • Understand how to use internal system lists to ensure sanction compliance.
  • Discover the general sanctions software highlights.
  • Learn how to reduce the number of false positives in name screening tools.
  • Understand the Wolfsberg Sanctions Screening Guidance.
  • Learn how to minimise the number of false alerts generated by name-screening tools.



  • Understand the structure of violation reports.
  • Analyze the findings of violation reports.


Countries' Sanctions Highlights (Excluded from the assessment).

  • Learn about Russia's sanctions and countermeasures, as well as those imposed on China, Hong Kong, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Cuba.


Sanctions Compliance officers and managers, in addition to transfers and trade finance staff in the following industries:

  • Banking Industry
  • Insurance and reinsurance Companies
  • Brokerage agencies
  • Leasing and Microfinance Companies
  • Lending Firms
  • Exchange Houses and Money Service Business


Workers in the supervisory authorities e.g:

  • Central Banks
  • Financial Sector Regulatory Authorities
  • Financial Intelligence Units FIUs
  • Related Ministries and government bodies
  • More


Workers at the (IT solution firms) who provide sanctions and name screening systems.



  •  Exam Duration: 60 Minutes
  •  # of Questions: 50
  •  Type of Question: Multiple Choice
  •  Pass Mark: 75/100


The result appears directly once you submit your answers

Digital Badge and an e-certificate will be issued instantly and sent to your email address. You can also ask GCI to send it to your employer at any time.


Candidates have two options to register in any of the GCI programs:


Option 1: Self-Study. Take the online proctored exams at home

GCI’s examination process is set to the highest standards. Our students gain access to our easy-to-navigate online portal, where they can download their certificate study guide (e-book) in their selected language. undertake the practice questions as much as needed.

Once the candidate is ready to sit the assessment, they can schedule their online proctored exam with a click of a button through their membership area and undertake the exam any time and anywhere. Our assessment platform is usually available 24/7.


Option 2: Instructor-led program by a GCI-accredited trainer or training centre.

GCI could arrange an instructor-led program for groups (10+ participants), whether virtually or in person (as available), by our faculty members and our accredited training centres around the globe.

Reach out to us today to see how we can advance your career / get your staff the practical training experience they are looking for.

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