When you started your certification journey, you took the next step in your career. You committed yourself to professional growth. You joined a community dedicated to fighting financial crime. Now it’s time for you to decide what’s next.
For full details of the specialist-level recertification process, download your certification’s candidate handbook. If you have any questions or need further assistance with your recertification application, please contact us.
To complete your specialist-level recertification, ACAMS asks you to provide evidence of your continuing education in the form of recertification credits. All of your credits must have been earned in the three years since you obtained your specialist-level certification (or since your most recent recertification).
CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist)
You need 60 recertification credits in total to recertify your CAMS credential, and 12 of these must come from training provided by ACAMS.
CGSS (Certified Global Sanctions Specialist)
You need 30 recertification credits in total to recertify your CGSS credential. 15 of these must come from training provided by ACAMS.
You can earn recertification credits for:
- Each year you have held uninterrupted ACAMS membership*
- Each year of relevant professional experience you have*
- Each hour of relevant educational training you have completed (ACAMS and non-ACAMS provided)
- Other professional accomplishments
*Only applicable to CAMS. For details on applicable recertification credits, please refer to the recertification information inside your candidate handbook.
Recertification Fees and Deadlines
You need to complete your recertification three years after obtaining your specialist-level certification, or three years after your most recent recertification. For example, if you obtained your certification in 2020, you would need to recertify in 2023.
We offer three recertification options, each with different costs:
Early application by Oct 1: US$200
For applications and payments submitted on or before October 1. If you obtained your certification in 2020 (during any month), your early application deadline will be October 1, 2023.
Regular application by Dec 15: US$250
For applications and payments submitted on or before December 15. If you obtained your certification in 2020 (during any month), your regular application deadline will be December 15, 2023.
Late application by Mar 31: US$300
If you miss the deadlines above, you can submit a late application. Your application and payment must be received by March 31. If you obtained your certification in 2020 (during any month), your late application deadline will be March 31, 2024.
If you miss the late application deadline, you can no longer submit an application. Your designation will expire, and to become a certified specialist again you will need to reapply and retake the exam. For more information, please contact your account manager.