Certified Global Sanctions Specialist

About CGSS

Certified Global Sanctions Specialist is an ACAMS certification that equips an organization’s workforce with a credential that represents a serious commitment to compliance with sanctions, in a world of increasingly complex laws, regulations, and policies. CGSS is global, allowing multinational institutions to strategically and uniformly apply the same program for all global employees. Become CGSS-certified and demonstrate to regulators a strong commitment to compliance in sanctions. CGSS enables organizations to tap into the diverse, international global network of ACAMS, the world’s largest membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of financial crime prevention professionals.

Reference Material / Body Of Knowledge

Eligibility Requirements

CGSS Eligibility Requirements and ACAMS Membership

Candidates wishing to sit for the CGSS examination must have:

  • Active ACAMS membership
  • 40 credits required
  • Education – 10 for Associates – 20 for Bachelors – 30 for Masters – 40 for JD or PhD
  • Work Experience – 10 credits for each year of experience – Unlimited
  • Training – 1 credit for each hour of financial-crime related training – Unlimited
  • Note: If you have an active CAMS certification you are automatically eligible to take the CGSS examination.

To check if you meet the eligibility requirements, go to: Eligibility Calculator Candidates who pass the CGSS examination and wish to use and display the CGSS credential must have an active ACAMS membership.

How To Apply For Cams Course?

  • Fill out your application online.
  • Choose your membership and CAMS certification package. Submit your payment, application and supporting documents.
  • Upon payment, we will provide you with access to the ACAMS LMS where you will find all your preparation material.
  • Once your application is approved and your membership and certification payment is complete, you will receive an email from ACAMS to schedule your exam. Complete your online application and submit payment.
  • Payment may be made by credit card, personal check, cashier’s check, money order or wire transfer (wire transfers must include identifying information).
  • Checks should be made payable to ACAMS. Prices are subject to change.
  • Declined credit cards and/or returned checks are subject to a US$25 penalty.

Examination Fees

CGSS Exam Packages

CGSS Standard Package:

Private Sector US $1,695
Public Sector* US $1,295

CGSS Virtual Classroom Bundle:

Private Sector US $2,180 
Public Sector* US $1,790

Taking the CGSS Examination

The CGSS examination consists of 100 multiple choice and multiple response questions. The exam includes unscored questions, which are included to gather statistical information. These unscored questions are not identified on the exam and do not impact your score. To obtain the CGSS certification, candidates must answer a minimum of 62.5% of the scored questions correctly. All candidates have 175 minutes to complete the exam. There is no penalty for guessing. Avoid leaving any questions unanswered to maximize your chances of passing

The CGSS examination consists of five domains. Below you will find the test objectives for each of the domains.

  1. GOVERNANCE AND ENFORCEMENT — 25%
  2. SANCTIONS EVASION TECHNIQUES — 17.5%
  3. SANCTONS DUE DILIGENCE — 20%
  4. SANCTIONS SCREENING — 20%
  5. SANCTIONS INVESTIGATIONS AND ASSET FREEZING — 17.5%

Examination Day

Plan to arrive/login 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for check-in. Candidates who are late may not be allowed to test. Identification Bring with you two forms of current and valid government-issued identification bearing a photograph and a signature. The name on the identification must match the name used for registration.

Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

Regarding Your Exam Date Refunds will not be granted to individuals requesting to withdraw from an exam after registering. You can reschedule or cancel on the web up to 72 hours before the exam at no charge. You can also reschedule or cancel via the Pearson VUE call center (+1 866-389- 8339) up to 72 hours before the exam for a fee of US$20.

If you cancel or reschedule an exam within 24 to 72 hours of your scheduled time, there will be a fee of US$100 collected by Pearson VUE. There is an additional fee for scheduling an exam by phone rather than by using the online system. Pearson VUE call centers will answer questions for assisting with online scheduling free of charge. However, if the exam is scheduled on the phone, there will be a US$20 fee collected by Pearson VUE. If you cancel your exam within 24 hours or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will need to contact ACAMS and you will be charged for a new authorization (US$299 private sector/US$199 public sector).

Examination Integrity/ Professional Dishonesty

The examination performance of all candidates is monitored and may be analyzed statistically for purposes of detecting and verifying any form of cheating. Candidates are also advised that they cannot disclose Exam Materials, including questions or answers. This includes discussing the content of the exam with anyone, recording, copying, or disclosing any exam question or answer, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in any form or by any means whatsoever (this includes “chat rooms”, message boards, forums, etc.) If it is determined that a score has questionable validity, after appropriate review, the score will be marked as invalid and the candidate may be barred from retesting indefinitely or for a period as determined by ACAMS.

Examination Procedures and Code of Conduct

There are no scheduled breaks. Candidates must have the permission of the proctor to leave the testing room. No questions concerning the content of the exam may be asked during the testing period. It is the responsibility of each candidate to read the directions given on the computer and listen carefully to the instructions given by the proctor. The proctor reserves the right to dismiss a candidate from the examination for any of the following reasons:

  1. If the candidate’s admission to the exam is unauthorized.
  2. If a candidate creates a disturbance, is abusive or is otherwise uncooperative.
  3. If a candidate gives or receives help or is suspected of doing so.
  4. If a candidate attempts to remove examination materials or notes from the testing room.
  5. If a candidate is discovered in possession of an electronic communication or recording device.

To Schedule a Re-Take

The candidate must:

  1. Request an invoice through the Contact Us page online.
  2. Pay the examination fee for their new Authorization to Test: US$299 for Private members and US$199 for Public members.
  3. Reschedule their exam through the test delivery website.

Integrity of the Examination

ACAMS has taken strict security measures to ensure the integrity of the CGSS examination. These security measures include: Proctors – There will be examination proctors present before, during, and after the examination to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed.

Video Cameras – There are high-tech video cameras surrounding the examination site of every testing center to ensure that no assistance is given during the examination.

Audio – There is a live audio recording of each examination session to ensure that no assistance is given during the examination.

Retaking the Examination

If a candidate does not pass, they will have the opportunity to retake the CGSS examination based on the following retake policy:

  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their first attempt can retake it after 30 days.
  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their second attempt can retake it after 60 days.
  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their third or more attempt can retake it after 90 days.

A candidate who applies for re-examination after one year following their original application must pay the full examination fee.

Recertification Requirements

In order to recertify the CGSS credential, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain an active ACAMS membership
  2. Meet the Continuing Education credit requirements
  3. Submit an online application with the appropriate renewal fees.

Continuing Education Credit Requirements

  • A total of 30 continuing education credits must be accumulated within a three-year cycle.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) of the total credits must be earned from ACAMS-provided training. Please note that this means that CAMS credits earned from other providers will not count towards the 15 credits of required ACAMS-provided training.
  • Four (4) of the total credits must come from an ACAMS Sanctions Update training.
  • Applicants will not be granted continuing education credits for activities completed prior to obtaining their CGSS credential or their most recent recertification.
  • Additional credits earned past the required 30 cannot be rolled over to the following cycle.
  • The deadline for earning continuing education credits is December 15 of the year of your recertification.

Deadline for CGSS Recertification

Recertification applicants are required to submit both a completed CGSS Recertification Application and the associated fees postmarked no later than December 15 of the third year after receiving their initial certification or their most recent recertification.

A late fee of US$50 will be applied to all applicants who miss the December 15 deadline and will be accepted for only 90 days after the deadline.

Documentation

Applicants do not need to include supporting documentation along with the recertification application; however, they are advised to retain original copies of their supporting documents in their files in the event that ACAMS should find it necessary to audit their records.

Recertification Audit

The ACAMS audit process has been created to ensure ACAMS certified individuals have complied with their recertification requirements. Audits are performed for every recertifying class. ACAMS will notify selected audit candidates advising them of the processes.

Recertification Fees

  1. Early Application US$200 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than October 1.
  2. Regular Application US$250 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than December 15.
  3. Late Application US$300 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than March 31.

Loss of Certification

  • Those who fail to recertify by the late application deadline of March 31 will have their certification revoked.
  • Those who fail to maintain an ACAMS membership will have their certification revoked.
  • CGSS professionals who lapse in their recertification may recertify only by successfully retaking and passing the CGSS examination.

Membership Status

Recertification applicants must maintain an active ACAMS membership over the 3-year period in order to recertify. Recertification Fee Fees must be submitted by the deadlines indicated and are non-refundable. Recertification fees are subject to change without notice. Applicants who submit applications with the inappropriate payment amount will be invoiced the difference and will remain unprocessed until the amount is paid in full. Fees can be paid by credit card, wire transfer or by check made payable to ACAMS. Please do not send cash. The applicant’s name and company must appear on all payments made by check or wire.

Recertification Cycle

The recertification cycle is the three-year period from the time an individual receives their certification or from the date of their most recent recertification.

Extension Non-Eligibility

Members who have not accrued the required recertification credits by their deadline date or have lapsed a recertification cycle are not eligible for an extension.

Lapsed Certifications

Members who do not submit an application within three months after their recertification deadline (March 31) will be considered no longer certified and must immediately cease using the CGSS designation. To become certified the candidate must purchase the CGSS certification package and retake the exam.

Extensions Occasionally

Extenuating circumstances—such as prolonged unemployment or serious illness of the applicant or a close family member (e.g. spouse or child)—may prevent an individual from meeting the required credits of continuing education over a three-year period.

One-year extensions of the recertification deadline can be requested in such circumstances. The extension can be used only once during a member’s recertification career and must be approved at least three months prior to the first recertification deadline (October 1).

The fee to request an extension is US$100. Members may also choose to recertify by examination on or before their recertification deadline.

Examples of who may be eligible for an extension:

  1. Members who have been out of work for at least one year of the three-year recertification cycle due to being laid off or child birth/childcare.
  2. Members who have spent a significant amount of time caring for a seriously ill family member or who have suffered serious illness themselves.
  3. Members who are being deployed to active duty in one of the armed forces for at least a one-year assignment. If the extension is approved, the recertification expiration date will be extended for one year allowing enough time to accumulate the necessary continuing education credits.

At the end of that period, members will be required to submit a completed recertification application form demonstrating that they have successfully met the continuing education requirements. The full recertification application fee is also due at that time. Upon successful recertification, the new three-year recertification cycle will begin at the end of the extension period. To request an extension, the following documents must be submitted at least three months prior to the first recertification deadline (October 1)

Recertification by Examination

Those who opt to recertify by examination must submit a written request with payment by the Regular Application deadline (December 15). The cost to retake the exam is US$299.

This fee is subject to change without notice. Applicants who submit their paperwork without the appropriate payment amount will be invoiced the difference and will remain unprocessed until the amount is paid in full. Fees can be paid by credit card, wire transfer, or by check made payable to ACAMS. Please do not send cash. The applicant’s name and company must appear on all payments made by check. This fee is non-refundable. Applicants do not need to submit a new examination form for this option.

Reminders and Application Submission

ACAMS will send the reminders to the e-mail address on file; therefore, it is important to make sure you notify ACAMS of any changes

CGSS Eligibility Requirements and ACAMS Membership

Candidates wishing to sit for the CGSS examination must have:

  • Active ACAMS membership
  • 40 credits required
  • Education – 10 for Associates – 20 for Bachelors – 30 for Masters – 40 for JD or PhD
  • Work Experience – 10 credits for each year of experience – Unlimited
  • Training – 1 credit for each hour of financial-crime related training – Unlimited
  • Note: If you have an active CAMS certification you are automatically eligible to take the CGSS examination.

To check if you meet the eligibility requirements, go to: Eligibility Calculator Candidates who pass the CGSS examination and wish to use and display the CGSS credential must have an active ACAMS membership.

  • Fill out your application online.
  • Choose your membership and CAMS certification package. Submit your payment, application and supporting documents.
  • Upon payment, we will provide you with access to the ACAMS LMS where you will find all your preparation material.
  • Once your application is approved and your membership and certification payment is complete, you will receive an email from ACAMS to schedule your exam. Complete your online application and submit payment.
  • Payment may be made by credit card, personal check, cashier’s check, money order or wire transfer (wire transfers must include identifying information).
  • Checks should be made payable to ACAMS. Prices are subject to change.
  • Declined credit cards and/or returned checks are subject to a US$25 penalty.
 
CGSS Exam Packages

CGSS Standard Package:

Private Sector US $1,695
Public Sector* US $1,295

CGSS Virtual Classroom Bundle:

Private Sector US $2,180 
Public Sector* US $1,790

The CGSS examination consists of 100 multiple choice and multiple response questions. The exam includes unscored questions, which are included to gather statistical information. These unscored questions are not identified on the exam and do not impact your score. To obtain the CGSS certification, candidates must answer a minimum of 62.5% of the scored questions correctly. All candidates have 175 minutes to complete the exam. There is no penalty for guessing. Avoid leaving any questions unanswered to maximize your chances of passing

The CGSS examination consists of five domains. Below you will find the test objectives for each of the domains.

  1. GOVERNANCE AND ENFORCEMENT — 25%
  2. SANCTIONS EVASION TECHNIQUES — 17.5%
  3. SANCTONS DUE DILIGENCE — 20%
  4. SANCTIONS SCREENING — 20%
  5. SANCTIONS INVESTIGATIONS AND ASSET FREEZING — 17.5%

Plan to arrive/login 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for check-in. Candidates who are late may not be allowed to test. Identification Bring with you two forms of current and valid government-issued identification bearing a photograph and a signature. The name on the identification must match the name used for registration.

 

Regarding Your Exam Date Refunds will not be granted to individuals requesting to withdraw from an exam after registering. You can reschedule or cancel on the web up to 72 hours before the exam at no charge. You can also reschedule or cancel via the Pearson VUE call center (+1 866-389- 8339) up to 72 hours before the exam for a fee of US$20.

If you cancel or reschedule an exam within 24 to 72 hours of your scheduled time, there will be a fee of US$100 collected by Pearson VUE. There is an additional fee for scheduling an exam by phone rather than by using the online system. Pearson VUE call centers will answer questions for assisting with online scheduling free of charge. However, if the exam is scheduled on the phone, there will be a US$20 fee collected by Pearson VUE. If you cancel your exam within 24 hours or do not show up for your scheduled appointment, you will need to contact ACAMS and you will be charged for a new authorization (US$299 private sector/US$199 public sector).

The examination performance of all candidates is monitored and may be analyzed statistically for purposes of detecting and verifying any form of cheating. Candidates are also advised that they cannot disclose Exam Materials, including questions or answers. This includes discussing the content of the exam with anyone, recording, copying, or disclosing any exam question or answer, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in any form or by any means whatsoever (this includes “chat rooms”, message boards, forums, etc.) If it is determined that a score has questionable validity, after appropriate review, the score will be marked as invalid and the candidate may be barred from retesting indefinitely or for a period as determined by ACAMS.

There are no scheduled breaks. Candidates must have the permission of the proctor to leave the testing room. No questions concerning the content of the exam may be asked during the testing period. It is the responsibility of each candidate to read the directions given on the computer and listen carefully to the instructions given by the proctor. The proctor reserves the right to dismiss a candidate from the examination for any of the following reasons:

  1. If the candidate’s admission to the exam is unauthorized.
  2. If a candidate creates a disturbance, is abusive or is otherwise uncooperative.
  3. If a candidate gives or receives help or is suspected of doing so.
  4. If a candidate attempts to remove examination materials or notes from the testing room.
  5. If a candidate is discovered in possession of an electronic communication or recording device.

The candidate must:

  1. Request an invoice through the Contact Us page online.
  2. Pay the examination fee for their new Authorization to Test: US$299 for Private members and US$199 for Public members.
  3. Reschedule their exam through the test delivery website.

Integrity of the Examination

ACAMS has taken strict security measures to ensure the integrity of the CGSS examination. These security measures include: Proctors – There will be examination proctors present before, during, and after the examination to ensure that all rules and regulations are followed.

Video Cameras – There are high-tech video cameras surrounding the examination site of every testing center to ensure that no assistance is given during the examination.

Audio – There is a live audio recording of each examination session to ensure that no assistance is given during the examination.

Retaking the Examination

If a candidate does not pass, they will have the opportunity to retake the CGSS examination based on the following retake policy:

  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their first attempt can retake it after 30 days.
  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their second attempt can retake it after 60 days.
  • Candidates who do not pass the exam on their third or more attempt can retake it after 90 days.

A candidate who applies for re-examination after one year following their original application must pay the full examination fee.

Recertification Requirements

In order to recertify the CGSS credential, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain an active ACAMS membership
  2. Meet the Continuing Education credit requirements
  3. Submit an online application with the appropriate renewal fees.
Continuing Education Credit Requirements
  • A total of 30 continuing education credits must be accumulated within a three-year cycle.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) of the total credits must be earned from ACAMS-provided training. Please note that this means that CAMS credits earned from other providers will not count towards the 15 credits of required ACAMS-provided training.
  • Four (4) of the total credits must come from an ACAMS Sanctions Update training.
  • Applicants will not be granted continuing education credits for activities completed prior to obtaining their CGSS credential or their most recent recertification.
  • Additional credits earned past the required 30 cannot be rolled over to the following cycle.
  • The deadline for earning continuing education credits is December 15 of the year of your recertification.
Deadline for CGSS Recertification

Recertification applicants are required to submit both a completed CGSS Recertification Application and the associated fees postmarked no later than December 15 of the third year after receiving their initial certification or their most recent recertification.

A late fee of US$50 will be applied to all applicants who miss the December 15 deadline and will be accepted for only 90 days after the deadline.

Documentation

Applicants do not need to include supporting documentation along with the recertification application; however, they are advised to retain original copies of their supporting documents in their files in the event that ACAMS should find it necessary to audit their records.

Recertification Audit

The ACAMS audit process has been created to ensure ACAMS certified individuals have complied with their recertification requirements. Audits are performed for every recertifying class. ACAMS will notify selected audit candidates advising them of the processes.

Recertification Fees
  1. Early Application US$200 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than October 1.
  2. Regular Application US$250 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than December 15.
  3. Late Application US$300 Application and fee must be postmarked no later than March 31.
Loss of Certification
  • Those who fail to recertify by the late application deadline of March 31 will have their certification revoked.
  • Those who fail to maintain an ACAMS membership will have their certification revoked.
  • CGSS professionals who lapse in their recertification may recertify only by successfully retaking and passing the CGSS examination.
Membership Status

Recertification applicants must maintain an active ACAMS membership over the 3-year period in order to recertify. Recertification Fee Fees must be submitted by the deadlines indicated and are non-refundable. Recertification fees are subject to change without notice. Applicants who submit applications with the inappropriate payment amount will be invoiced the difference and will remain unprocessed until the amount is paid in full. Fees can be paid by credit card, wire transfer or by check made payable to ACAMS. Please do not send cash. The applicant’s name and company must appear on all payments made by check or wire.

Recertification Cycle

The recertification cycle is the three-year period from the time an individual receives their certification or from the date of their most recent recertification.

Extension Non-Eligibility

Members who have not accrued the required recertification credits by their deadline date or have lapsed a recertification cycle are not eligible for an extension.

Lapsed Certifications

Members who do not submit an application within three months after their recertification deadline (March 31) will be considered no longer certified and must immediately cease using the CGSS designation. To become certified the candidate must purchase the CGSS certification package and retake the exam.

Extensions Occasionally

Extenuating circumstances—such as prolonged unemployment or serious illness of the applicant or a close family member (e.g. spouse or child)—may prevent an individual from meeting the required credits of continuing education over a three-year period.

One-year extensions of the recertification deadline can be requested in such circumstances. The extension can be used only once during a member’s recertification career and must be approved at least three months prior to the first recertification deadline (October 1).

The fee to request an extension is US$100. Members may also choose to recertify by examination on or before their recertification deadline.

Examples of who may be eligible for an extension:

  1. Members who have been out of work for at least one year of the three-year recertification cycle due to being laid off or child birth/childcare.
  2. Members who have spent a significant amount of time caring for a seriously ill family member or who have suffered serious illness themselves.
  3. Members who are being deployed to active duty in one of the armed forces for at least a one-year assignment. If the extension is approved, the recertification expiration date will be extended for one year allowing enough time to accumulate the necessary continuing education credits.

At the end of that period, members will be required to submit a completed recertification application form demonstrating that they have successfully met the continuing education requirements. The full recertification application fee is also due at that time. Upon successful recertification, the new three-year recertification cycle will begin at the end of the extension period. To request an extension, the following documents must be submitted at least three months prior to the first recertification deadline (October 1)

Recertification by Examination

Those who opt to recertify by examination must submit a written request with payment by the Regular Application deadline (December 15). The cost to retake the exam is US$299.

This fee is subject to change without notice. Applicants who submit their paperwork without the appropriate payment amount will be invoiced the difference and will remain unprocessed until the amount is paid in full. Fees can be paid by credit card, wire transfer, or by check made payable to ACAMS. Please do not send cash. The applicant’s name and company must appear on all payments made by check. This fee is non-refundable. Applicants do not need to submit a new examination form for this option.

ACAMS will send the reminders to the e-mail address on file; therefore, it is important to make sure you notify ACAMS of any changes.

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