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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
(CTCE)

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
(CCRS)

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, CCRS, CTCE, and Crypto for Banks 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.










February 7-8, 2023
CCRS
Part 1: Feb 7th | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Part 2: Feb 8th | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
February 14-15, 2023
CTCE (en español)
Parte 1: 14 de febrero | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Parte 2: 15 de febrero | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
February 21-22, 2023
CTCE
Part 1: Feb 21st | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Part 2: Feb 22nd | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM-6:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
February 28, 2023
Cryptocurrency for Banks
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM EST / 3:00-4:30 PM GMT
Location: Online
March 8, 2023
BCEC
Time: 10:00-12:00 PM EST / 3:00-5:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
March 14-15, 2023
CCRS
Part 1: Mar 14th | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM-5:00 PM GMT
Part 2: Mar 15th | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM-5:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
March 21-22, 2023
CTCE
Part 1: Mar 21st | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM-5:00 PM GMT
Part 2: Mar 22nd | Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM-5:00 PM GMT
Location: Online
March 30, 2023
Cryptocurrency for Banks
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM EDT / 3:00-4:30 PM GMT
Location: Online
May 3, 2023
BCEC
Time: 10:00-12:00 PM EDT / 3:00-5:00 PM GMT
Location: Online

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.

https://academy.mastercard.com/event/0bc8e56f-1004-4d3a-bd59-48ced58bd290/summary

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.

February 28, 2022
Cryptocurrency for Banks
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST / 3:00 - 4:30 PM GMT
Location: Online
March 30, 2023
Cryptocurrency for Banks
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM EDT / 3:00-4:30 PM GMT
Location: Online

Glossary

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 unique cryptographic key that “owns” bitcoins and is associated with a public/private key pair. The private key is kept secret and is used to sign a transaction hash, which authorizes the spending of coins it controls, so that everyone on the Bitcoin network can verify that the person transferring the bitcoin actually owns them, at which point the transaction can be validated. The public key is used to receive funds, is broadcasted out to the network, and is visible to everyone after coins have been spent. In the payment portion of a bitcoin transaction, the recipient’s public key is represented by its digital fingerprint, called a bitcoin address, which is generated from and corresponds to a public key. The person(s) 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 (for those having access to the tool), or alternatively can be looked up in any open, public blockchain.

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