What is a designation?

After our members have completed an academic qualification with one of our academic partners, Institute of Banking or DCU they may be eligible to take-up an industry recognized professional designation offered by the ACOI.

By accepting the invitation to take up one of these designations the holder embraces an ethos of life-long learning by keeping abreast of developments in the dynamic field of regulatory compliance and ethics. It is a statement that they have attained a level of technical competence.

Once you keep up to date by undertaking your CPD, your technical competence to do the job will be a given. Competence is one of the cornerstones of any profession.

The table below outlines what designations the ACOI offer its members, the programmes that are an entry route to such designations and what the designation letters mean.

Designation Letter

Designation Title 

 Associated Programme 

 LCOI  Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland   Professional Diploma in Compliance 
 CDPO  Certified Data Protection Officer   Professional Certificate in Data Protection 
 CFCPP  Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner   Professional Certificate in Financial Crime Prevention 
 FCOI

 Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland

 MSc in Compliance 
 MA in Ethics Corporate Responsibility 

How should I use qualifying letters in my professional title?


Generally, the sequence is as follows;

 First 

 Second 

 Third 

 Academic Qualifications   Professional Membership Category  Professional Designations 
 From the Highest to the lowest  Just one category applies  Designations are first ordered by the level of designation (from highest to lowest)

Example:Tess Mullen PhD MSc BA FIB FCOI CDPO CFCPP LCOI

Final rule: Use spaces and not commas to separate your qualifying letters.