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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 regulations issued by the UN, EU, and OFAC.

Additionally, our program teaches you how to deal with sanctioned or high-risk countries, providing you with advice on sanctions systems, understanding violation reports, interpreting the results, and much more.

Understanding sanctions

  • What are Sanctions, and why it’s important to comply?
  • Know how to protect your institution from dealing with embargoed individuals or entities
  • Understand the best practices for sanctions compliance controls



  • Determine how much your institution is vulnerable to sanctions risks
  • Learn the modern methodologies that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your program
  • Account Opening
  • Banking Authenticated Messages
  • Other Products and Services
  • Dealing with High-Risk Countries



  • Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs) 
  • System Internal Lists
  • General Sanctions Software Highlights 
  • Name Screening Algorithms and Reducing The Number of False Hits  



  • Violation Report - Structure
  • Violation Report - Interpreting the Results
  • Interpreting Bank Authenticated Messages Report
  • Helping you to make the right decision regarding accepting or rejecting a transaction


The International Context

  • United Nations Sanctions
  • EU Sanctions
  • United States Initiatives
  • Have a solid understanding of the most important country sanctions


And Much More

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

The certificate will be issued instantly, and sent to your email address You can ask GCI to send it to your employer, through your membership area at any time


Candidates have two options, when taking the exam

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

GCI’s examination process is set to the highest standards, allowing the candidate to easily register and receive their Study Guide (e-book) in their selected language.

Once the candidate feels ready, they can schedule the exam according to their availability.

Then, GCI will provide the candidate with a token allowing them to access the exam at the scheduled date and time.


Option 2: Get the help of an accredited Training and Testing Centre

Candidates can choose the nearest GCI test centre through our website and visit it to receive help, whether by attending a class training program, taking the assessment at their facility, or both.

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • French
  • Chinese Simplified (2022)
  • Spanish (2022)
  • (One Year’s Membership included)