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CAFCA (Certified AML FinTech Compliance Associate) is a qualification for FinTech professionals, developed by FinTech professionals, and certified by ACAMS.


    This new associate-level certification enables individuals to demonstrate, and your organization to provide evidence of, financial crime prevention preparedness – designed specifically for your unique context.

    Overview & Benefits


    FinTechs make change happen fast. And, growth can come even faster. Financial crime prevention for FinTechs is different - this program recognizes and responds to that.


    CAFCA is designed to upskill and empower the teams you rely on to protect your organization, by ensuring they understand core compliance principles, functions, and risks. A fully certified team also demonstrates that your business takes financial crime risks seriously.


    The course content has been developed in partnership with FINTRAIL, a specialist FinTech and RegTech consultancy, supporting a global portfolio of rapidly scaling and established FinTech companies, and advisor to leading RegTech firms.

    About the Program

    The CAFCA certification program consists of an 8-hour digital course, and a proctored 90-minute exam. This program covers:

    1. Governance, Guidance, and Regulation
    2. Due Diligence Across Customer Types
    3. Payment Screening and Transaction Monitoring
    4. Investigations, Inquiries, and Reporting
    5. Scaling Anti-Financial Crime Strategies

    Who should apply


    For FinTechs, understanding and mitigating financial crime risk is essential for sustaining growth. Investors, customers, global regulators and financial institutions that provide banking services all expect FinTechs to have a risk management plan in place, and a properly trained workforce. This certification has been designed for FinTechs, by people who work in or with FinTechs.


    This program is relevant for:

    • Small start-ups, with staff in hybrid roles that include AML tasks
    • Mid-sized FinTechs transitioning to a more structured AML program
    • Large FinTechs with dedicated compliance teams


    Some of the roles appropriate for CAFCA are:

    1. Compliance Analyst/Officer
    2. Risk Analyst
    3. AML Officer
    4. AML Analyst/Associate
    5. KYC Analyst/Associate
    6. Compliance Monitoring Analyst
    7. MLRO
    8. FinTech Associate
    9. Compliance Associate/Manager
    10. Compliance Operations Analyst
    11. Head of Compliance
    12. Fraud Analyst/Associate

    How to get certified

    Join ACAMS

    An active ACAMS membership is required to apply for CAFCA.

    Apply to take the CAFCA 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.

    CAFCA Exam

    Currently, ACAMS offers the CAFCA exam in English. Additional languages will follow.




    Standard Package
    The CAFCA Exam
    Standard Package
    The CAFCA Exam

    Optional Upgrades

    CAFCA Exam Retake
    CAFCA 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
    CAFCA Exam Registration
    Study Materials