Program Information

The scope of criminal financial proceeds is significant - estimated at some $590 million USD to $1.5 trillion USD worldwide each year. With a rise in financial fraud, there is a growing need for highly trained risk assessment and management specialists. The Lambton College Financial Services - Investigation & Compliance, Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed for students interested in acquiring the in-demand abilities required for fraud prevention and detection and the fight against money laundering in Canada.

In this multi-disciplined program, students utilize existing related education or experience to learn and apply a variety of skills such as policies and procedures management, privacy management, and Anti-money Laundering (AML) investigation.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree, or equivalent in mathematics, statistics, information technology, business, accounting or economics.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
    - or -
    IELTS of 6.0 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • TOEFL iBT 79
    -or-
    TOEFL 70 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Not all students will qualify for EAP-3106 in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test scores.


Course List

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

BUS-1883: Business Analytics

Strong computer skills are essential to finding employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office Excel and apply data processing and data analysis to real world business scenarios. Students develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and having an eye for detail and improve their ability to read and follow written instructions. Business Analytics is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications in the computer lab, student self-assessments, and online resources all designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course prepares students for further opportunities to apply their spreadsheet skills and expand upon as they continue in their areas of study.

ACC-1093: Accounting Concepts I

This course is an introduction to the theory of accounting and the standard methods of recordkeeping for non-accounting major students. Generally accepted accounting principles and concepts are emphasized in the preparation of financial statements.

POL-1003: Canadian Politics and Government

Explain the structure and function of government within society with a focus on the Canadian context. Critically examine the complexities of the Canadian federal system in relationship to social, political, and economic change. Investigate the influence that geography, language, religion, and ethnicity have had and examine their implications to issues of regionalism and diversity. Explore the role of political parties and the electoral system and their influence on voting patterns and citizen engagement.

FSI-1003: Introduction to Financial Services in Investigation and Compliance in Canada

FIN-4003: Canadian Banking

This introductory course provides students with an understanding and perspective towards an appreciation of the integrative, intricate nature of the financial and economic landscape. This will further increase awareness and expectations for the roles and responsibilities of the financial advisor.

FSI-1101: Canadian Careers in Financial Services - Investigation and Compliance

FSI-2003: Introduction to Investment Strategies in Canada

FSI-2103: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Administration

FSI-2203: AML Policies and Procedures

FSI-3013: Regulatory Compliance Administration and Communication

FSI-3003: Privacy and Identity Theft Management

CFC-4003: Certified Financial Crime Specialist Preparation

FSI-3023: Cryptocurrencies and Artificial Intelligence in AML

FSI-3002: Financial Services through an AML Lens

FSI-3043: Fraud Investigation

LAW-1003: Business Law

In this course, students are prepared for a business environment increasingly affected by laws. They learn how laws must be understood and applied by management in the conduct of business. They also learn how to analyze a business situation from a general legal perspective. Emphasis is placed on methods of dispute resolution, contracts, torts, employment law, methods of carrying on business, sale of goods, and marketing law.

PHL-1253: Ethical Leadership and Critical Decision Making

This interdisciplinary course combines insights from the field of business with social psychology and applied ethics to challenge students with an introspective look at some of today's most important ethical dilemmas. Students in PHL-1253 learn that the ethical standards employed by businesses and corporations ultimately concern the quality of human behaviours in those organizations. Human behaviour evolves from many influences: our past relationships, the ways we think and feel, how we respond to pressures in various social contexts, and how we deliberate in our daily thoughts and actions. Each of these influences is intimately involved with the quality of our ethical decision making.

FIN-4203: Investment Conduct and Compliance

This course provides students with an understanding of the Canadian securities industry regulations. Procedures surrounding participant registration, account opening, sales and trading and placing orders will be discussed. The appropriate ethical guidelines and corporate responsibility when dealing with client accounts, transactions and products will be highlighted.

CPL-1049: Work Term

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

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CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

*In order to be eligible to participate in a full-time Co-op Work Term (CPL-1049) students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Failing to do so will require the students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost to the student.

See the Costs tab for current fees.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • AML analyst/investigator
  • Fraud analyst/investigator
  • KYC/onboarding analyst
  • Compliance officer/administrator
  • Risk manager
  • Privacy officer
  • Financial Planner
  • Credit Union examiner
  • Estate and trust administrator
  • Inspector, financial institutions
  • Financial Investigator
  • Mortgage broker
  • Trust officer
  • Account manager
  • Credit adjudicator

According to the National Occupational Classification Codes (NOC) for occupations in Canada, under NOC code 1114 - Other financial officers, Financial Services - Investigation and Compliance, Ontario College Graduate Certificate program qualifies graduates for a broad range of exciting employment opportunities.

According to jobbank.gc.ca this occupational classification group is listed as good (3 out of 3 stars) in terms of job prospects over the next three years in Ontario, and locally in the Sarnia and Windsor area. Job prospects in this field should be favourable over the forecast period because of employment growth and retirements. 

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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