Sanctions EU Certificate | Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists

EU Sanctions Essentials

In order to meet the need for more in-depth training on European restrictive measures (sanctions) and mitigate the risk of costly EU sanctions violations, ACSS has developed an online training program, which teaches vital principles and risk management and background all sanctions compliance staff should understand.

Target audience

Sanctions Compliance Officers

Sanctions Analysts

Financial Crime Investigators

General Counsels

OFAC Compliance Managers

OFAC Testing Analysts


EU regulators

EU Commission staff

United Nations staff

What is it?

This is a 7-part course, consisting of approximately 7 training hours, across 4 weeks. The course is delivered in an online format.

Self-paced e-learning course

Reading Assignment

Live Virtual Classroom

Reading Assignment

Live Virtual Classroom 2

Reading Assignment

Final Assessment

What participants will get

At the end of 4 weeks, participants who successfully completed the program receive:

A Certificate of Completion: Upon passing the assessment, participants will receive an electronic Certificate which denotes the completion of the course.

6 CSS Exam Credits (you must complete the whole course)

System requirements (for learners)

Course is compatible with most operating systems and browsers to make it easy for everyone to participate. The course uses

GotoTraining from Citrix

E-learning (Adobe Captivate or similar tool)

Litmos or other Learning Management System (LMS)


FALL 2022

  • Materials available: November 2, 2022
  • Classroom 1: November 09, 2022
  • Classroom 2: November 16, 2022

What you will learn

This course covers the following topics:

  • Framework and Legal Basis
  • Anatomy of a EU Sanctions Regime: How do EU Restrictive Measures Come About?
  • Effect of a Designation
  • A virtual tour of EU website pages
  • Categories of Restrictive Measures
  • Key Programs and Recent Developments
  • Who Must Comply and What Happens if You Don’t?
  • EU List: Listing and Delisting
  • Due Diligence/Ownership and Control
  • Freezing of Funds and Economic Resources


ACSS Members


Non-ACSS Members


How it is structured?

PART 1: Self-paced e-learning course (40 minutes): EU Sanctions Foundations
This is a self-paced e-learning course in Articulate®, or a similar e-learning tool. It covers a case study and the foundations of EU Sanctions.
PART 3: Virtual Classroom #1: EU Sanctions:Policy, Legal Authorities and Core Concepts (90 minutes)
Interactive live virtual classroom (webinar with interaction, such as case studies, Q&A sessions, audience polls and practice questions.)
PART 5: Virtual Classroom #2: EU Sanctions Compliance/Risk Management and Enforcement (90 minutes)
Interactive live virtual classroom (webinar with interaction, such as case studies, Q&A sessions, audience polls and practice questions.)
PART 2: Reading assignment (30 minutes)
“Home Work Assignment” This will be PDF containing a narrative on EU sanctions Essentials, key terms and definitions participants need to read to prepare for Virtual Class 1.
PART 4: Reading Assignment (30 minutes)
Containing key terms and definitionsparticipants need to read to prepare for Class 2.
PART 6: Reading Assignment (30 minutes)
PART 7: Final assessment (45-minutes)
Online Quiz

Sebastiaan Bennink

Sebastiaan is a partner at BenninkAmar. This boutique firm ranks among the absolute top of legal professionals in the Netherlands, handling issues of economic sanctions and export controls, financial, economic and other trade law related matters.

Sebastiaan has extensive experience in advising and assisting (multinational) companies when doing business in sanctioned countries, including Cuba, Iran, Syria and Russia. Sebastiaan also has successfully represented his clients in administrative, criminal and private law matters and related procedures in the area of sanctions and export controls. He also frequently assists his clients with their trade compliance related issues and is very experienced in conducting internal (fraud)investigations, preparing voluntary disclosures and assisting clients in matters initiated by national and international authorities (VS, UK, EU en NL).

Martijn Feldbrugge

Martijn Feldbrugge is a consultant based in Munich Germany who supports financial institutions and businesses with their international trade and finance regarding the risk management of international sanctions laws and regulations. He has worked as a senior sanctions officer at a Dutch Bank.