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The Compliance Professionals

TRACE said this week it's starting a certification program for antibribery specialists.

The program is aimed at those already working with antibribery laws or compliance -- lawyers, compliance managers and administrators, accountants and financial specialists -- but it's open to anyone with an interest.

Certification requires 30 credit hours of courses offered through the program and passing a final exam. One course will usually equal one credit hour. Trace said it will offer over 100 credit hours, some with general antibribery and compliance training, and some directed at specific industries such as natural resource extraction, technology, healthcare and financial services. Other course will be country specific. Mentioned were China, Russia, India, Brazil, Nigeria, and the U.K.

The courses will be a mix of on-line and live presentations by instructors from the private and public sectors, and from NGOs. The total cost is between $1,800 and $2,200.

"Ten years ago," Trace said, "anti-bribery conferences attracted just two-dozen people. Now, leading conference organizers cap attendance at 500. The field of anti-bribery compliance has been flooded with new lawyers, accountants and other compliance professionals."

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