How Do You Become a Certified Compliance Officer?

To become a certified compliance officer, first obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college and gain experience working as a compliance officer at a bank, medical facility or financial institution. Next, take certification classes and pass the certification exam with an accrediting agency.

  1. Obtain a bachelor's degree

    Pass classes to acquire a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the type of compliance position desired. Appropriate degree programs may include business administration, finance, medical administration or criminal justice.

  2. Gain work experience

    Gain experience working as a compliance officer. In order to apply for certification, most compliance officers must have a minimum of three years experience working in compliance and have experience filing compliance paperwork and compliance reviews.

  3. Take certification classes

    Enroll in classes for certification at an accrediting agency in your community or through an online program. In order to take the certification exam, most programs require individuals to participate in at least 80 hours of compliance training classes. The hourly requirement must be fulfilled within five years prior to applying to take the certification exam.

  4. Pass the compliance officer certification exam

    Sign up to take the compliance certification exam, and produce a score that meets the minimum requirements set by the accrediting agency.