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The Certified Know Your Customer Associate (CKYCA) Certification is a global certification intended for professionals earlier in their KYC/CDD career.

    Demonstrate a significant commitment to KYC/CDD compliance in a world of increasingly complex laws, regulations, and policies.

    Overview & Benefits


    CKYCA is the first ACAMS certification created for teams responsible for onboarding clients, conducting periodic reviews and updating customer profiles, as well as those who supervise them.


    This brand new exam-based certification equips organizations with a means to ensure their front line and operations teams meet the core competencies involved with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) activities. CKYCA can set organizations apart by certifying their workforce based on a new global benchmark developed by the association that created CKYCA, the gold standard in anti-money laundering compliance.

    Raise the bar and standardize the knowledge of KYC

    Apply a single, consistent program across a global network

    Tap into the diverse, international global network of ACAMS

    Who should apply


    CKYCA is for early career professionals who wish to or are working in KYC/CDD roles, as well as for people who supervise them. When combined with six to twelve months of experience, CKYCA professionals should be able to perform fundamental enhanced due diligence activities with minimal supervision, and appropriately escalate the highest risk cases. Some of the roles appropriate for CKYCA are:


    • KYC Analyst
    • KYC/CDD Analyst
    • KYC Onboarding Analyst
    • KYC Representative
    • KYC Team Lead
    • Client/Customer Onboarding Analyst
    • Client/Customer Onboarding Specialist
    • AML Prevention Representative 

    How to get certified

    Join ACAMS

    An active ACAMS membership is required to apply for CKYCA.

    Apply to take the CKYCA exam

    Before the test, you need to submit an application.

    Study and schedule your exam

    Once your application is approved, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare and take your exam.

    CKYCA Exam

    Currently, ACAMS offers the CKYCA exam in English. Plans exist to translate CKYCA into French and Spanish in 2020. Additional languages will follow.



    Standard Package
    Electronic Study Guide (pdf)
    Online Study Materials (flashcards)
    The CKYCA Exam
    E-Learning Course
    Private Sector
    Public Sector
    Standard Package
    Electronic Study Guide (pdf)
    Online Study Materials (flashcards)
    The CKYCA Exam
    E-Learning Course
    Private Sector
    Public Sector

    Optional Upgrades

    CKYCA Exam Retake
    CKYCA Exam Extension

    Disability Service Accommodations


    Requests for Disability Service Examination Accommodations:

    ACAMS® is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to the extent practicable with documented disabilities as defined by local, applicable law. Our intent is to ensure that everyone who makes a request for accommodations is advised of the accommodation process as promptly as possible.
    Requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to test date.


    If you have a disability as defined under local, applicable law, please contact to request Disability Service accommodations. The corresponding department will contact you with further information.


    How to Apply
    CKYCA Examination Registration
    Study Materials