A Cost-Effective Solution to Obtaining SAR/STR Writing Training

In order to help your teams understand when to report suspicious activity and how to write a powerful narrative that appeals to the appropriate audience, ACAMS created this SAR/STR Writing Certificate Course.

When your teams are trained to write easy-to-read, impactful SARs, law enforcement and other agencies are better equipped to determine how to act on them. Conversely, poor suspicious activity reports have resulted in enforcement actions.

Participants who successfully complete the SAR/STR Writing Certificate course receive*:

  • A certificate of completion proving their commitment to protecting their institution from financial crimes by demonstrating understanding of how to write suspicious activity reports and suspicious transaction reports effectively
  • Four CAMS credit hours to keep them on track towards CAMS certification or CAMS recertification

*Additionally, an introductory first year of ACAMS membership and all accompanying benefits is included with registration for ACAMS Certificates courses. Membership includes ongoing education and information resources on anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, and other financial crimes.

In four weeks participants complete a mix of self-paced and live assignments:

  • A 30-minute video on the essentials of SAR/STR Writing, packed with examples, what-ifs, poll questions and other activities to fully engage the learner
  • Two 90-minute interactive live virtual classrooms which include case studies, Q&A sessions, polling and practice questions focusing on SAR/STR Writing
  • 15-minute homework encouraging engagement with the community of their peers
  • 15-minute final assessment which must be taken with the 4 weeks to earn the certificate

SAR/STR Writing Certificate Course System requirements

SAR/STR Writing is compatible with most operating systems, browsers, and devices to make it easy for everyone to participate.

*To earn the certificate you must pass the assessment within the 4 weeks


ACAMS Members *Non-Members
$395 $495
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Start Dates

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  • Course Start Date: October 3, 2018 US Eastern Time

    Live events: 12 PM US Eastern Time
    October 10 and October 17
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  • Course Start Date: November 1, 2018 US Eastern Time

    Live events: 12 PM US Eastern Time
    November 8 and November 15
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  • Course Start Date: December 4, 2018 US Eastern Time

    Live events: 12 PM US Eastern Time
    December 11 and December 18
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