Eligibility Calculator

Candidates who wish to take the CSS Examination must have a minimum of 40 qualifying credits based on education, other professional certification, and professional experience in the sanctions field, The following table represents the CSS credit award system for examination eligibility:



*Select highest level of education
Associate Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
Masters Degree/PhD/JD or Equivalent

Supporting documentation must accompany information submitted.


Each year of full-time experience in Sanctions or export controls in a financial institution. Professional experience is limited to 3 years.
**complete the Professional Experience Section on the next page


Professional Certification (Financial Related) — (CAMS, CPA, CPP, CRCM, CFE, CPE, CIA, CA/AML, FINRA Series, etc.)***
Any certification program must include a minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction and a certification exam. ****provide copies of certificate(s) and proof of valid membership in good standing
Attendance at a course/seminar/web seminar/conference or training session on the topic of sanctions or export controls or financial crime (includes internal and external training)
****provide copy of certificate(s) of attendance or receipt of payment from entity conducting training).

Your Total # of Credits:

(at least 40 are required)

You are short of the 40-credit prerequisite. Give us a call to discuss options for supplemental training. Also, don’t forget, the CSS virtual classroom provides you with 12 credits towards the certification.

Please contact us at membership@sanctionsassociation.org.

* Only one degree may be used toward the 40 qualifying credits for the CSS examination.
** Please note, these credits are in recognition of the AML/Financial Fraud portion of the FINRA certification training. As such, you will only earn a maximum of 10 credits regardless of the number of FINRA licenses you possess.
**** Supporting documentation (if necessary accompanied by a translation in English) must accompany information submitted to meet minimum credit criteria in order to sit for the CSS Examination (i.e., copies of degree, certificates of completion). Please submit all required documentation with your completed application and fee.