Computer-Based Training (CBT)

Computer-Based Training (CBT) aims to improve the ability of the anti-money-laundering (AML) community, including bank and law enforcement staff, to understand, detect and investigate money-laundering, the financing of terrorism and related financial crimes. The first set of AML CBT modules were launched in 2003 by GPML in collaboration with the UNODC Regional Field Office in Bangkok. Since then, GPML has collaborated with the UNODC Regional Field Office in Bangkok to produce global computer-based training (CBT) in anti-money-laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). The Global Programme against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) has appointed a Programme Officer, with software development experience, to work in Bangkok with the CBT programme there on the production and global delivery of anti-money-laundering training.

CBT has flexibility in language, level of expertise, target audience and theme. The thirteen existing modules comprise an awareness-raising introduction for officials with a fairly basic skills level. CBT is particularly applicable in countries and regions where resources are few, and law enforcement skills and knowledge are low.

The training includes high-quality voice, pictures, graphics, interactive video and animation, simulation and student tests. As part of the design of this course, UNODC conducts a needs assessment mission to the participating country to determine a national managing agency as well as suitable location for the setting up of training centres running CBT programmes.

AML CBT training currently exists in 10 languages: Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Amharic, Bahasa, Thai, English, and Vietnamese. CBT training has been installed in 40 countries.

The course content consists of 13 modules:

  1. What is money-laundering? - The main elements of money-laundering.
  2. Money-laundering methods
  3. The role of traditional financial institutions - how criminals use banks to launder money.
  4. Non-traditional financial institutions - how criminals use businesses and non-bank financial institutions to launder money. E.g., money exchange, casinos, and check-cashing businesses.
  5. Money-laundering havens - the role of countries and jurisdictions that have a legal and financial character favourable to money-laundering.
  6. Financial intelligence unit - the role of the FIU and how banks, police, and other law enforcement agencies should work with FIUs.
  7. Financial investigations - introduction to financial investigations and their value to law enforcement officers.
  8. Financial records - the different types of financial records available to investigators, where to find them and what to use them for. E.g., credit card statements, bank statements, tax records.
  9. Informants in the context of financial investigations - where to find informants who might potentially be useful to financial investigations; and how to run them.
  10. Undercover operations for financial investigations
  11. Net worth analysis - the value of conducting net worth analyses on suspects, and how to do them.
  12. Search operations during financial investigations
  13. Conducting interviews during financial investigations