Compliance Designations

Recognised professional body

The Compliance Institute Southern Africa (the Institute) is the SAQA-recognised professional body for compliance officers.


Designations differ from qualifications in that the candidate must be a member, have the requisite work experience for a designation to be awarded and be fit and proper. Designations are awarded by professional bodies, while qualifications are obtained through a training provider / institution, e.g. a university.  

The Institute has registered two professional designations with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA):

These designations are awarded to those members who have successfully completed the relevant Board Exam, meet the related work experience requirements and are compliant with our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

In order to retain a designation, a designation holder must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a member in good standing of the Institute
  • Maintain CPD hours as prescribed in the CPD policy
  • Comply with the Institute's Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct  

The Institute is also a member of the International Federation of Compliance Associations (IFCA). As such, holders of our designations qualify for the International Certified Compliance Professional (ICCP) designation which is acknowledged in the other IFCA member countries. 

Have a look at the specific pages for more information about each designation.  

Compliance Institute SA - Designation terms of use