Happy Holidays from ACFCS
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Dear ACFCS Community,
As we reflect on 2017, ACFCS is immensely grateful for the ongoing interaction with and support of its entire community – from members and CFCS-certified professionals to enterprise partners and affiliates. It is your guidance and participation that helps ensure ACFCS remains at the forefront of thought leadership and relevance in the widening fight against financial crime.
Over the past year, ACFCS has focused on three key areas: Improving the member experience, building out our training resources and content, and expanding opportunities for members to connect with each other.
View the 2017 Updates and Improvements
- New chapters for dialogue and networking at the regional level – 2017 saw the launch of four new ACFCS chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region, Washington, D.C., Toronto and New York. In the last quarter of the year, the D.C. and Toronto chapters held highly successful learning and networking events that provided a new forum for members to connect locally.
- Major updates and improvements to the CFCS examination and prep resources – Thank you to the dedication and expertise of the Exam Review Committee, ACFCS completed its most significant revision and update of the CFCS examination in the association’s history. The overhaul will lead to a new and improved “CFCS 2.0” exam early in 2018.
Along with the revised test, ACFCS has released the CFCS online exam prep course.This comprehensive, 11-hour course is a fantastic new tool to help candidates excel on the CFCS exam.
- New and improved training resources on AML, elder abuse, corruption and more – The ACFCS content team improved its online courses on FCPA/anticorruption and FATCA. The courses received both a content update and a total visual overhaul, and added greater interactivity and resources for users. Through its partnership with training provider TAMLO, ACFCS also began offering award-winning courses on AML and elder financial abuse directly on its learning management platform.
- The most well-reviewed Financial Crime Conferences in ACFCS history – Renowned speakers, timely topics and an intimate setting all combined to make the 2017 conference in Boston the most well-regarded that ACFCS has ever held, judging by attendee reviews. ACFCS thanks all of its speakers and sponsors for a great event.
- In Panama, the Latin American Conference set records for attendance and also garnered very positive feedback from attendees. The event drew top compliance leaders and representatives of regulatory agencies.
- More webinars, news coverage and original content than ever before – Over the past year, ACFCS delivered more than 50 webinars, over 100 articles and hundreds of Daily News Briefs to its member base, along with Quick Tips presentations, whitepapers, podcasts and other resources. All of these resources added to the rich content archives available to the member community.
Looking ahead to 2018, ACFCS has some exciting developments and new offerings in store for the upcoming year.
The CFCS 2.0 exam is slated to launch in the first quarter of 2018, along with the fifth edition of the CFCS Study Manual, a greatly expanded practice exam and additional prep tools. Together with the online prep course, candidates for certification will have a powerful suite of resources at their disposal.
Also in the first quarter of 2018, ACFCS will roll out a fresh set of online courses focused on the new reality of money laundering and financial crime. These courses will provide training on the essentials of AML and look beyond it to examine how money laundering intersects with cybercrime, corruption, tax evasion and fraud. The courses will be available in English and Spanish.
Further into the year, ACFCS plans to continue its chapter expansion, into new cities and regions located in North America and internationally. Additions to our library of training courses and skills assessments are always on the horizon.
It’s an exciting time for all of us who strive to thwart the plethora of financial crime activities that we continually confront. As one of the newer professional Associations we continue to grow and remain adaptable, motivated and responsive to you, our members and partners. We should all be very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed.
I’d like to thank each of you again for being a part of the ACFCS community. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. Throughout this coming year, I ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of ACFCS.
Thank you and happy holidays,
Garry Clement, Executive Vice President of ACFCS