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As compliance and risk professionals you are responsible for the safeguarding of your company. Staying one step ahead of the threats and keeping on top of increased regulation is a constant challenge.

Our CPD offering for compliance and risk professionals is wide-ranging and is there to assist you and your team with the issues you face daily.


Our Compliance and Risk professional qualifications will provide you with specialist knowledge and expertise to foster a strong career in global financial compliance, financial crime, governance and risk management or regulation and compliance.

Follow a progressive study route consistent with career paths in the financial services sector. New entrants to the professional sector choose to start with Fundamentals of Financial Services or the Foundation Qualification - Introduction to Investment, before choosing a technical subject or considering the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and then continuing on to pursue our higher level specialist qualification, the Diploma in Investment Compliance.

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How can I get these free benefits?

By being a CISI member you will gain access to most of these benefits for free, including the CPD scheme, CPD events and forums, a quarterly members magazine, elearning, webcasts and more…

Grades of membership

The CISI has five different grades of membership – Affiliate, Associate (ACSI), Member (MCSI), Chartered Member (Chartered MCSI) and Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCSI).

Whether you are just starting out in the professional sphere; have achieved a relevant professional qualification; or you are an established practitioner with a wealth of experience, there is a grade appropriate for your level.

Regional Branches

We have an established network of branches in the UK, Channel Islands and internationally which provide a local connection for Institute members. Each network has a hard-working committee whose primary role is to support the provision of CPD opportunities and social and networking events for CISI members.

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CPD Scheme

Helping members to maintain ongoing competence is a core principle of the CISI. Our formal CPD scheme, free to all members, is a cost-effective way for firms to prove to the regulator that they are taking responsibility for the continuing competence and development of their employees.

The Institute recommends that members complete a minimum of 35 hours of CPD a year.To enable members to keep a record of their hours, we automatically record any CISI CPD activities undertaken, such as attending events, taking exams and using elearning tools in one centralised record where additional non-CISI CPD hours undertaken can be added. Those who complete the recommended 35 hours will receive a formal certificate.

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CPD Scheme Superuser Function

We encourage all firms to take advantage of our Superuser function, part of the CISI CPD scheme. This tool enables you to track and monitor the CPD activities of your staff. The individual CPD logs of all CISI members at your firm can be viewed, reports can be generated and bespoke CPD entries can be created and allocated to one or all of your employees’ CPD logs.

To find out more, please contact cpdscheme@cisi.org


The CISI offers an extensive programme of CPD and networking events in London, regionally and internationally. These events keep you up to date with the latest insights and developments in the Compliance and Risk area.

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Professional Forums

Bond and Fixed Interest | Compliance | Corporate Finance | European Regulation | Financial Planning | Financial Technology | Operations | Risk | Wealth Management

When you become a CISI member you are welcome to join one, or all of our nine free Professional Forums. Forums are conducted under the Chatham House Rule and provide the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, listen to presentations from professional practitioners, engage in open discussion and share ideas and concerns in a confidential setting.

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CISI TV and Live webcasts

CISI TV allows members to view a selection of our most popular CPD events online, anywhere, anytime and earn CPD hours. CISI TV is available to watch on smartphones, tablets or PCs.

The CISI offers over 30 live webcasts a year including ‘Brussels for Brunch’ a monthly regulatory update.

Become a member to watch CISI TV

The Review

Quarterly members’ magazine with online content published daily

The Review is the official publication of the CISI. Issued quarterly, each edition keeps members up to date with the latest news and developments from across the financial services sector and is a practical way of remaining informed.

Within The Review you will find ‘Change: Regulatory Update’. This permanent feature of the publication details changes and hot topics in the world of financial regulation.

Members can choose to read the digital interactive version of the magazine and by doing so, the time spent reading, will be automatically recorded to their CPD record.

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Recent articles from The Review

Hungry to learn more? The following articles were originally featured in our members' magazine.


MiFID II: Are you prepared?

With MiFID II coming into effect in January 2018, Phil Thornton outlines the actions that firms must take to make sure they are compliant

Global audit governance: how reliable are published accounts?

Phil Thornton explains how integrated reporting can help investors to hold companies to account

Change: Banks – regulatory developments June 2017

Nick Andrews, executive chairman and founder of corporate compliance and regulatory advisory firm MPAC, outlines key regulatory changes in the banking sector


Ask the experts: Financial sanctions

Financial institutions have been forced in recent years to ‘de-risk’ when it comes to countries which are sanctioned or high-risk in other ways. Even if sanctions have been removed or restricted – as in the case of Iran – many are still unwilling to test the law. Senior adviser to the CISI, George Littlejohn MCSI, talks through the chief issues.

Last word: A lesson from the past about predicting the future

If the demise of Equitable Life taught us anything, it’s that predicting the future is one thing, but knowing how to respond to it is quite another, says The Review columnist Andrew Davis.

Elearning – Professional Refresher

Professional Refresher is an online learning tool which allows self-administered refresher testing on a variety of topics, including the latest regulatory changes. There are currently more than 100 modules available which address UK and international issues.

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Behavioural Finance
  • CASS
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Promotions
  • UK Regulatory Environment

and more...

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IntegrityMatters Product Suite

  • IntegrityMatters - an intelligent and tailored elearning tool designed to highlight dilemmas faced at work.
  • Interactive Workshops - interactive workshops that explore real-life ethical challenges experienced in the workplace and offers attendees the unique opportunity to vote on how they would respond should they be faced with the challenge.
  • Integrity at Work in Financial Services - a collection of case studies which explore and explain a variety of ethical dilemmas.
  • Annual Integrity Debate - Held every year, this prestigious event offers a great opportunity to reflect on the nature of our business, hear professionals discuss important issues of integrity and to network with over 300 members.
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