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Training and certification

Draw on the expertise and best practices of our team of cryptocurrency AML experts and investigators

Investigating, analyzing and mitigating cryptocurrency-related crime requires specialized tools and skills. CipherTrace offers an array of services to give you and your team the technical training and guidance that you need to be successful.

CipherTrace offers three main certification courses:

  1. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Essentials Certification (BCEC) for executives and policy makers
  2. Cryptocurrency Tracing Certified Examiner (CTCE) for financial investigators
  3. Certified Cryptocurrency Risk Specialist (CCRS) for AML professionals.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Essentials Certification (BCEC)

CipherTrace’s BCEC training provides a strong foundation for executives to understand cryptocurrency and blockchain. Participants learn the essentials behind blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), how cryptocurrency transactions work, Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) typologies, industry needs, and the role blockchain analytics plays in the crypto ecosystem. BCEC graduates make more informed decisions around cryptocurrency, whether it be in drafting regulations, creating compliance policies, and/or overseeing cryptocurrency-enabled financial crime investigations.

Cryptocurrency Tracing Certified Examiner

CipherTrace’s Cryptocurrency Tracing Certified Examiner training will equip participants with an understanding of blockchain investigation fundamentals and the specific understanding of tracing cryptocurrency transactions. Participants develop and hone digital investigation techniques while gaining valuable experience in cryptocurrency investigation techniques. Participants will learn a risk-based approach to tracing the source of blockchain funds and de-anonymizing cryptocurrency transactions with cryptocurrency investigation tools.

Certified Cryptocurrency Risk Specialist

CipherTrace’s Certified Cryptocurrency Risk Specialist (CCRS) training helps you develop a prudent and risk-based approach to your interactions with the virtual currency economy. This one-day training is designed to give banks the necessary knowledge to identify, assess, and mitigate cryptocurrency risk exposure. You will further your understanding of regulations and best practices for onboarding and monitoring crypto entities so that your institution can develop the best risk-based approach for its risk appetite.

Upcoming training dates

CipherTrace holds BCEC, CTCE, and CCRS trainings and workshops throughout the year, around the globe. Interested parties can join one of our upcoming training sessions or request private sessions for themselves and their colleagues.

December 7, 2022
Cryptocurrency for Banks - Location: Online at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
January 17-18, 2023
CTCE Part 1 - Location: Online at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
CTCE Part 2 - Location: Online at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
February 7-8, 2023
CCRS Part 1 - Location: Online at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
CCRS Part 2 - Location: Online at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Mastercard’s Crypto Foundations Training Module

This course provides an understandable, comprehensive and fundamental way for those new to cryptocurrency and blockchain. Participants will learn:

  • The essentials behind blockchain
  • What is cryptocurrency and how it works
  • VASP typologies
  • Industry trends
  • The role blockchain analytics plays in the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

NEW: Cryptocurrency for Banks

Course Objectives:
CipherTrace’s “Cryptocurrency for Banks” is a 90-minute training created to give banks the foundational knowledge to identify, assess, and mitigate cryptocurrency risk exposure. The session provides an enrichment of our Crypto Foundations course to allow Financial Institutions (FIs) to understand cryptocurrency and blockchain and the entities that make up the cryptocurrency ecosystem. This includes an overview of the various asset types like native currency, tokens, stablecoins, NFTs, etc. Participants will deepen their knowledge of Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) typologies and the different ways in which VASPs custody crypto, and how and where VASPs intersect with FIs. The training, designed by former bank examiners and compliance officers, includes a closing round of Q&A with a crypto risk Subject Matter Expert (SME) to create an open dialogue around crypto’s risk and opportunities.

Crypto for Banks attendees will be able to:

  • Identify blockchain technology, the underlying infrastructure of the crypto ecosystem.
  • Recognize the characteristics of different types of digital assets, including cryptocurrencies, tokens, stablecoins, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
  • Comprehend global trends, regulatory updates, and recent industry developments.
  • Evaluate VASP typologies within the ecosystem and analyze their dimensions of risk.
  • Determine applicable risks impacting FIs to assist in developing a risk appetite, completing a risk assessment, and implementing an initial risk management framework.
December 7, 2022
Cryptocurrency for Banks - Location: Online at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST



What is an altcoin?

The word “altcoin” is an abbreviation of “Bitcoin alternative,” and thus describes every single cryptocurrency except for Bitcoin. Altcoins are referred to as Bitcoin alternatives because – at least to some extent – most altcoins hope to either replace or improve upon at least one Bitcoin component. Popular altcoins include Litecoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin etc.

Bitcoin Address

A bitcoin address is a cryptographic key that “owns” bitcoins. This address is used to uniquely identify bitcoins. The person or persons who know the corresponding private key can send those bitcoins to any other address. The cryptographic keys that control an address are typically stored on a user’s computer or mobile device in a bitcoin wallet software app.

Addresses can be looked up in the CipherTrace Search screen.


Decentralized Finance (DeFi) removes financial institutions or other centralized third-party institutions from a financial services platform. It would allow peer-to-peer interaction without those centralized intermediaries.

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