ICA Announces New Partnership in the Czech Republic

The International Compliance Association (ICA), the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community, has signed a partnership with the Czech Compliance Association (CCA), a non-profit membership organisation for compliance and legal professionals, to offer ICA’s suite of accredited qualifications in the Czech Republic.

The partnership comes at a time of increased fraud and financial crime risk for all organisations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, underlying the importance of upskilling compliance and financial crime professionals in order to effectively detect and manage risk.

Designed for every level of expertise, compliance and financial crime professionals from both the public and private sectors can now enrol on ICA Certificates and Specialist Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Diplomas on a range of subjects including financial crime prevention, governance, risk and compliance, and anti money laundering.

All ICA Certificate and Specialist Certificates will be offered to CCA members at a special discounted rate until 31 August 2020, along with a 15% discount on all other ICA qualifications; ICA is also waiving its student membership fee for CCA members. Qualifications of all levels are open to non-CCA members looking to enrol on a course and can be delivered virtually, ensuring an engaging and valuable learning experience.

ICA President Bill Howarth commented: “We are delighted to partner with CCA and bring ICA education and global expertise to the Czech market during these increasingly critical times for businesses in Europe and across the globe. ICA qualifications are designed to help financial services firms and other regulated sectors upskill their employees, mitigate risk and face their challenges head on. There has never been a better time to invest in your employees’ training and strengthen the processes and controls at your firm.”

VendulaKnappová, Executive Board Member, Czech Compliance Association, added: “We believe that the compliance profession is not just ajob or a tick box exercise, it’s a calling that can make a real impact on people’s lives. Whether they help prevent money laundering or terrorist financing, human or drug trafficking, compliance officers have an important moral and ethical responsibility associated with their work.”

VojtechPrerovský, Executive Board Member, Czech Compliance Association, commented: “Our strength lies in the opportunity to bring together experts from a range of sectors, advisory companies and law firms to collaborate under one umbrella with a common goal, raising awareness about compliance and increasing professionalism. As an independent association, CCA connects both the public and private sector, attorneys and law enforcement, compliance activists/ whistle blowers and corporate compliance officers, allowing us to share attractive, real-life stories about compliance and the compliance profession with those looking to enter the industry.”

ICA qualifications are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence, designed to ensure global best practice and the highest ethical conduct, and are awarded in association with The University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School.

About the Czech Compliance Association
Czech Compliance Association (CCA) was established as a non-profit organisation in March2010. In 2019 new members were appointed to the CCA Board of Directors.The association is based on a platform of collaboration, involving cross sector companies and individuals as corporate and individual members. CCA’s members include compliance officers, compliance managers, legal advisors, and other experts involved in the field of compliance or similar professions responsible for compliance at their firm, including corporate legal counsels, internal control, internal audit and risk professionals.

About the International Compliance Association
The International Compliance Association (ICA) is the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community. It has enhanced the knowledge, skills and behaviour of over 142,000 professionals in 153 countries either through their internationally recognised portfolio of professional qualifications (awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester) or through accredited in-company training.