The Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS) Certification

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CGSS is an ACAMS certification that equips an organization’s workforce with a credential that represents a serious commitment to compliance with sanctions, in a world of increasingly complex laws, regulations, and policies. CGSS is global, allowing multinational institutions to strategically and uniformly apply the same program for all global employees.

Become CGSS-certified and demonstrate to regulators a strong commitment to compliance in sanctions, as CAMS (the gold standard in AML certification) demonstrates to AML compliance.

CGSS enables organizations to tap into the diverse, international global network of ACAMS, the world’s largest membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of financial crime prevention professionals.

Select Workplace Competencies:

  • Understand the restrictive measures imposed by sanctions, their purpose, and how they are introduced.
  • Clear and analytical approach when faced with restrictive measures imposed by sanctions.
  • Knowledgeable on organizations that issue and enforce sanctions, and individuals, countries and entities that are subject to sanctions.
  • Detailed understanding of the risks of non-compliance.
  • Knowledge to embed sanctions compliance into risk assessment and compliance programs, and training.
  • Identify common methods that sanctioned targets use to evade sanctions.
  • Differentiate between AML risk and sanctions risk.
  • Perform sanctions due diligence to ensure that the institution is not conducting business with sanctioned parties.

CGSS equips individuals with the necessary skills critical for, and not limited to, the following roles:

  • Sanctions Compliance
  • Economic Sanctions
  • Financial Sanctions
  • Sanctions Screening
  • AML/CTF
  • AML Sanctions
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Legal Counsel
  • Embargo
  • Compliance Technology

Earn your Certified Global Sanctions Specialist credential

Start earning your CGSS credential by following these simple steps:

  1. Check Your Eligibility. Check if you qualify to take the CGSS exam by visiting the Eligibility Calculator. CAMS certified members with an active ACAMS membership are pre-qualified.
  2. Submit Your Application. The CGSS online application is now available. You can start your application here.
  3. Purchase Your CGSS Exam Package. Choose between our standard package and the CGSS virtual classroom bundle. Secure your spot today!
  4. Schedule Your Exam. Once your application is accepted and you have purchased your CGSS exam package, we will send you information on how to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE. Due to ongoing safety concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, which has also resulted in the temporary closure of many Pearson VUE testing centers globally, effective April 1, 2020 and through to July 31, 2020, ACAMS will offer online proctoring for candidates taking their CAMS, CGSS and Advanced CAMS-RM certification exams in all countries, with the exception of China, Japan and Slovenia. Visit here to learn more.

Not Sure if You Qualify? Check Your Eligibility

To be eligible for the CGSS Exam you must have 40 qualifying credits based on education, other professional certification, and/or professional experience in the sanctions or financial crime compliance field.

Topics tested in the examination:

  • Governance and Enforcement
  • Sanctions Evasion Techniques
  • Sanctions Due Diligence
  • Sanctions Screening
  • Sanctions Investigations and Asset Freezing

Visit our eligibility calculator to determine if you qualify to take the CGSS exam.

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Submit Your CGSS Application

You can now apply online for the CGSS exam. Submit your application through our new user-friendly online web form. For more information on the CGSS application process download the candidate handbook.

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Become a Member

In order to apply to the CGSS certification, you must have an active ACAMS membership. Joining our community comes with exclusive benefits including reduced pricing on training, events and access to ACAMS career center, community, webinars and more.

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The CGSS Examination Packages

CGSS Standard Package

This package includes:

  • Electronic Study Guide (pdf)
  • Online Study Materials (flashcards)
  • The CGSS Exam

Private Sector:

USD $1,695

Public Sector:

USD $1,295

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CGSS Virtual Classroom Bundle

This package includes:

  • Six 2-hour live online classes
  • Electronic Study Guide (pdf)
  • Online Study Materials (flashcards)
  • The CGSS Exam

Private Sector:

USD $2,180

Public Sector:

USD $1,790

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