Candidates who wish to take the CAMS Examination must have an active ACAMS membership, a minimum of 40 qualifying credits based on education, professional certification(s), and/or professional work experience in the anti-money laundering field. The following table represents the ACAMS credit award system for examination eligibility.

  Amount Credits


Select highest level of education1
Associates Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree

Supporting documentation must accompany information submitted.2


Each year of full-time experience in anti-money laundering or related financial crime compliance duties. Please note that although professional experience is not required to take the exam, ACAMS recommends at least two (2) years of work experience in addition to any educational or training knowledge.


CGSS Certification
Enter the number of active financial-related professional certifications you hold, not including CGSS – (CPA, CPP, CRCM, CFE, CPE, CIA, CA/AML, FINRA Series3, etc.)
Any certification program must include a minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction and a certification exam.
Supporting documentation must accompany information submitted including proof of valid membership in good standing.2
Number of training hours completed (course/seminar/webinar/conference) on the topics of sanctions compliance, financial crime, and/or related subjects. This can include internal and external training, training by a government agency, accredited institution of higher education, etc.
Supporting documentation must accompany information submitted such as a copy of the certificate, attendance, or receipt of payment from entity conducting training).2


1 Only one degree may be used toward the 40 qualifying credits for the CAMS examination.

2 Supporting documentation (if necessary accompanied by a translation in English) must accompany information submitted to meet minimum credit criteria in order to sit for the CAMS Examination (i.e., copies of degree, certificates of completion). Please submit all required documentation with your completed application and fee.

Please note, these credits are in recognition of the AML/Financial Fraud portion of the FINRA certification training. As such, you can only earn a maximum of 10 credits regardless of the number of FINRA licenses you possess.