Financial Sanctions Compliance Training

Financial and economic sanctions are binding prohibitions applied by governments to prevent business transactions with certain designated persons - they may be rogue organisations, countries, regimes or specific individuals.

Violations of sanctions issued by the UN, the US and the EU placing restrictions on payments and other financial transactions can result in fines and criminal charges.

Our Financial Sanctions Compliance Training Course will help your employees to understand what financial sanctions are, their impact on business operations and how to ensure compliance.

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Financial Sanctions Compliance Training Course

About this Course

Available as part of our Compliance Essentials Library.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare your employees to:

  • Understand what financial sanctions are and their purpose
  • Explain the steps that each company takes to comply with sanctions
  • Comply with their obligations under their company's sanctions policies and procedures
  • Know when to seek advice and how to report transactions that might breach sanctions

New in 2021

  • Full design review by a sanctions expert
  • Text & image updates throughout the course
  • New pages, activities & scenarios
  • Updated scenarios & learning activities
  • Content updated to reflect Brexit
  • Two illustrative news stories added
  • Updates to post-course assessment questions

Course outline


What are Financial Sanctions?

- Who imposes sanctions?
- Types of financial sanctions
- Mind the USA!
- Sanctions terminology
- Consequences: In the news…
- You make the call: What is the risk?

Sanctions Controls

- Company sanctions
- How we apply sanctions
- Your obligations
- You make the call: Is it correct or not?

Sanctions Impact Across the Customer Lifecycle

- Customer on-boarding
- Payments
- Wire stripping
- Third parties
- You make the call: Is it True or False?

Screening & Matching

- The screening and matching process
- You make the call: What type of match is it?
- Best practice: Screening and matching

Implementing Financial Restrictions: Asset Freezes

- What this means for you
- You make the call: Is it allowed or not?
- Scenario: Angela's client
- Scenario: Receiving payments from designated persons
- Scenario: Insurance and designated persons

Entities: Ownership & Control

- Scenario: Sanctions and ownership
- Scenario: Insuring entities
- Scenario: Sanctions and partnerships
- Scenario: Sapphire

Sanctions Checks

- The workaround
- Scenario: Roya and Kazem's story

Reporting & Record-keeping Obligations

- Record keeping




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Course Specifications



Approximately 30-minute long e-learning course followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via a client style sheet.



Ability to offer optional test-out, whereby users can choose to skip the course content and complete the learning assignment simply by passing the assessment.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary.