Financial Intelligence Specialist Program (FIS)

FIS Overview ↓

Effective financial intelligence, risk and compliance training forms the cornerstone of any organisation’s governance regime. Basic anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing training covers the fundamentals. Yet recent regulatory settlements have shown that basic training is no longer sufficient and financial institutions require the knowldge and tools to meet banking regulators' expectations and rules.

Financial Intelligence Specialist Designation

The Institute’s collaboration with ManchesterCF offers financial intelligence courses for financial institutions, public-sector agencies and multinational corporations. The growing list of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Connect modules are designed with a global perspective and draw from case studies, regulatory reports and developments in international financial markets.

Financial Intelligence Training Specialist Designation

The Financial Intelligence Specialist (FIS) designation from ManchesterCF sets a new standard in the world of financial intelligence. Upon completion of 12 FIU Connect modules over a one-year period, participants will obtain a joint uOttawa PDI – ManchesterCF Financial Intelligence Specialist certificate.

Cost for the entire FIS program is $3,000 (plus HST).

An average grade of 80% from 12 completed modules is required for accreditation. There are no yearly membership fees, re-certification demands or continuing professional development requirements.

Participants choose 12 modules from the list of 15 FIU Connect modules presently available (additional modules will soon be available).


FIU Connect Modules:

1. Trade-Based Money Laundering
This module provides training on how financial institutions can spot patterns of money laundering and terrorist financing in international trade.

2. Correspondent Banking
This module is designed for correspondent banking sales, payments operations, risk management, audit and AML compliance staff to strengthen their defenses against financial crime.

3. Private Banking
This module is designed to place critical knowledge into the hands of private bankers to recognise the potential patterns of financial crime.

4. Capital Markets
This module provides in-depth training to securities- and investment-dealer staff so they can recognise and defend against financial-crime vulnerabilities in international capital markets.

5. Fundamental AML
This module has been developed to help FIUs strengthen their defences against financial crime and harden the foundation of their AML compliance regime.

6. Economic Sanctions
This module advises participants on the purpose of sanctions, the consequences of non-compliance and methods that can be used to detect and mitigate sanctions risk.

7. Corruption
This module examines real-life case studies and looks at prevention tactics to protect financial institutions from the threat of corruption.

8. Terrorist Financing
This module has been developed to assist financial services firms bolster their defences and prevent misuse by people or entities linked to terrorism.

9. Critical Thinking 
This module has been developed for AML/ATF compliance, corporate security and risk management professionals to strengthen the analytical capabilities of financial investigators.

10. Human Trafficking
This module advises participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate potential human trafficking through detailed case studies, examples and red flags.

11. Report Writing
This module helps participants understand the purpose and uses of reports and offers techniques on how to eliminate extraneous or irrelevant details when reporting.

12. Environmental Crime
This module advises participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate the trafficking of illegal environmental resources.

13. Wildlife Trafficking
This module provides detailed case studies, examples and red flags, advising participants on suspicious financial patterns that may indicate the illegal trade of wildlife

14. Cryptoassets
This module sets out to examine the current cryptoasset landscape and identity weak points where nefarious actors may try to strike.

15. Art & Antiquities
This module sets out to advise participants on how the buying and selling of non-financial investments such as fine art and precious artifacts can be exploited by money launderers and terrorist financiers.

*Each module is 8-10 hours.


Program Outcomes

The Financial Intelligence Specialist (FIS) designation provides an online qualification for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing compliance professionals. The designation is provided jointly by ManchesterCF and the Professional Development Institute of the University of Ottawa.


Intended Audience

The FIS program is designed for compliance professionals at financial institutions, along with financial investigators and government policy makers at national financial intelligence units, law enforcement agencies, customs/border services and the intelligence community. 


Delivery Method


Course components hosted on this platform include:

  • Digital Textbook

  • Examination

  • Reference library

    • ​Some courses also include computer-based training (SCORM-compliant)




Please note: Registrations for Fall 2022 will be open in Spring 2022

Registration closes three business days prior to the course start date. Blackboard credentials will be sent to you at that moment.

Participants have 12 months to complete the FIS Program. Once the 12 months are completed, access to the FIS Program content is no longer maintained for users. Start and end dates for sessions are listed below:

Course Start Date Course End Date Registration Deadline

Feb 1, 2022    

 Feb 1, 2023

January 26, 2022

March 1, 2022 March 1, 2023 Feb 23, 2022
April 1, 2022 April 1, 2023 March 28, 2022
May 1, 2022 May 1, 2023 April 25, 2022
June 1, 2022 June 1, 2023 May 26, 2022
July 1, 2022  July 1, 2023 June 24, 2022
August 1, 2022   August 1, 2023 July 26, 2022
September 1, 2022 

September 1, 2023

Aug 26, 2022
October 1, 2022   

October 1, 2023

Sept 26, 2022
November 1, 2022 November 1, 2023 Oct 26, 2022
December 1, 2022 December 1, 2023 Nov 25, 2022






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