Course | 5 Days

Certified Ethics & Compliance Officer CECO (English)



Expectations of society are rising and reputations of companies and people can be shattered in no-time. In order to prevent scandals, more and more legislation is launched, fines are getting higher and supervisors are getting stricter. Banks and external accountants are asking questions about your compliance program.

Ethics and Compliance Officers help you to protect your reputation. But how to set up an effective ethics & compliance program?

Are you up to date with current best practices in Ethics & Compliance?

Are you looking for recognition as an Ethics & Compliance Professional? Or do you simply want to increase your knowledge and expertise in this field? Take this course and become a Certified Ethics & Compliance Officer!

You will be taught by the top minds in the compliance industry.

Lessons are provided in small groups, so you get the right attention you need for the best learning efficiency.

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After completion of the Certified Ethics & Compliance Officer course, you will be able to set up an effective ethics & compliance program. The course has been designed from a European perspective, but the participants will also learn about good practices from the US and the UK and about the extraterritorial reach of US and UK legislation.


The CECO course is an internationally certified training for Ethics & Compliance officers. A theoretical exam will be conducted by an independent examination agency.

After you have passed the exam, you will be included in the Compliance register, part of the Financial Intelligence Register, for two years and you can place the title CECO after the family name. 

A system of permanent education (PE) has been set up for this course, so that the professional competence of the Certified Ethics & Compliance Officer can be permanently and demonstrably guaranteed.


  • Ethics & Compliance Officers who are relatively new to the role or want to make the next step in their career
  • In-house counsel who are requested to cover compliance as well
  • Ethics & Compliance Officers with several years of experience
  • Corporate lawyers who also have compliance responsibilities
  • Board secretaries
  • Non-executive directors
  • Internal auditors who will audit compliance programs
  • External auditors & accountants who need to form an opinion on the quality of a compliance program
  • Service providers to the ethics and compliance community.
  • Corporate secretaries and non-executive directors who want to know more about compliance.


  • Large corporates with new/junior people in a compliance role
  • Utilities (water, electricity, transport, network companies), companies with > 500/1.000 employees
  • Compliance software vendors
  • Integrity officers in the public sector
  • Companies outside of the financial services industry that are subject to anti-money laundering legislation, like car dealers, ship builders, casinos, accountants, law firms, notaries, real estate brokers, jewelers, art dealers, etc.
  • Security management firms.


CECO Compliance course

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The training program is based on the ten elements of an effective ethics & compliance programme, such as performing a risk assessment, policy writing, creating awareness and monitoring and reporting.  In addition, you will gain the necessary knowledge in the field of combating bribery, corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing and the prevention of conflicts of interest, forced labor and other supply chain risks.

Furthermore, the legislation in the field of trade restrictions, competition and data privacy (the GDPR) is discussed. Naturally, due attention is also paid to the latest developments in the field of ethics & compliance.

The course will be launched from The Netherlands, targeting a Dutch/European audience. This can be extended to a Middle East/African audience. We will use the English language.

Day 1 Monday

Teacher |  Mr. Drs. Geert Vermeulen

  • Introduction
  • Short history of the compliance function
  • The Governance of Compliance Programs
  • ECMC 10 Elements of an effective Ethics and Compliance Program
  • Culture & Behaviour
  • Compliance Risk Assessment
  • Exercise
  • Compliance Action Plan
  • Evening session Teacher |  Mr. Musa Elmas
  • Customer Due Diligence / Anti-Money Laundering (for non-financials)

Day 2 Tuesday

Morning session Teacher |  Mr. Sebastiaan Bennink

  • Economic Sanctions
  • Trade Restrictions
  • Afternoon session Teacher |  Mr. Drs. Geert Vermeulen

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Bribery and Corruption
  •  Evening session Teacher |  Geert Vermeulen
  • Workshop Third Party Due Diligence and intro to supply chain due diligence

Day 3 Wednesday

Morning session

  • Privacy
  • Afternoon session Teacher |  Mr. Dr. mr. Misha lutje Beerenbroek
  • Competition Law
  • Dawn Raids
  • Evening session Teacher
  • Workshop on values
  • Giving Voice to Values methodology - intro


Day 4 Thursday

Morning session Teacher  |  Mr. Drs. Geert Vermeulen

  • Whistleblowing procedures / speaking up
  • EU Whistleblower Protection Directive/implementation into national laws
  • Coordinating Investigations
  • Afternoon session Teacher  | Mrs. Mr. Nicolet Jager (All-aware) & Geert Vermeulen
  • Policy writing
  • Training and Communication (awareness)
  • Monitoring
  • Reporting
  • Evening session Teacher  |  Mr. Drs. Geert Vermeulen
  • ESG, including: Human Rights Risks,  Responsible supply chains
  • Ethics and AI
  • Miscellaneous

Day 5 Friday

Teacher |  Mr. Drs. Geert Vermeulen

  • Study & opportunity to ask questions
  • Afternoon session Exam


CECO Compliance course 1

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The costs of the training are € 4995 excluding VAT. Accommodation arrangements are available on request for your stay during the training.

The classroom and the hotel are in the vicinity of Schiphol. If you wish, we will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in the Utrecht area free of charge, just let us know.


We organize the training as an open registration. This means that if there are sufficient registrations, you will receive a message well in advance when the training will start.

The training lasts a week, the day times are from 09.30 am to 17.30 pm.  There is plenty of time for a break between classes.

This is an interactive training and we will ask you participate in the (group) assignments during the course.

Course dates in 2024 and 2025:

  • Monday 17 June till Friday 21 June 2024
  • Monday 2 December till Friday 6 December 2024
  • Monday 16 June till Friday 20 June 2025
  • Monday 1 December till Friday 5 December 2025


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Mr. Drs. G.(Geert) Vermeulen

The mission of Geert Vermeulen is to help organizations conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. Geert is specialized in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programs in general and anti-corruption and whistleblowing programs in specific. In 2016 he founded ECMC: Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting. ECMC provides compliance training, consulting services and interim ethics & compliance management. Previously he has been the Chief Compliance Officer of two multinational companies. Geert has provided compliance training in some 30 countries, on virtually all continents.

Geert regularly speaks and writes on ethics and compliance. He has been the President of the Dutch Compliance Officers Association, where he founded the expert group on Financial Economic Crime. He is a member of the expert group on Culture and Behavior of the association and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Law Compliance Minor at The Hague University. When he was granted the National Compliance Award in 2020, he was labelled ‘the compliance guru’; the jury called him a figurehead and role model for the compliance community.

In 2020 Geert launched his new company called ‘The Integrity Coordinator’. This company is an independent, external coordinator of whistleblowing or speak up procedures.

Geert is the principal lecturer and co-organizer of  the Compliance CECO course. Geert will cover the topics governance, culture and behaviour, risk assessments, monitoring, speak-up procedures, investigations, anti-bribery & corruption, third party due diligence and ESG.

Mr. mr. S. (Sebastiaan) Bennink

Sebastiaan is a specialist in the field of economic sanctions and export controls. Sebastiaan’s practice focuses on all aspects of international trade law and related issues, such as anti-moneylaundering and anti-terrorism financing legislation, anti-corruption regulations, and other compliance-related regulations.

Sebastiaan regularly advises and represents clients subject to investigation and enforcement proceedings. Sebastiaan, moreover, has vast experience in the setting up, the enhancement of and the keeping effective of corporate compliance programmes, especially in the fields of economic sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption, for companies active in and outside the Netherlands.

Sebastiaan publishes on a regular basis, provides numerous trainings and is a frequent speaks at national and international conferences on economic sanctions and export controls. Additionally, Sebastiaan is BNR Newsradio’s expert on sanctions and export controls and is often interviewed on the radio and on Dutch national television. Sebastiaan is also regularly quoted in the newspapers (FD and Trouw) on sanctions and export control related matters.

In the Compliance CECO course he will speak about sanctions and trade restrictions.

Mr. Y. (Yvo) Amar

Yvo is an expert in sanctions and export control. He advises and represents clients in all aspects of these areas of law, including enforcement processes, but also related administrative law, criminal law and private law. In addition, Yvo regularly advises on adjacent jurisdictions such as regulations to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing (Wwft), anti-corruption regulations (including the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act), fraud, financial supervision law and other compliance-related legislation.

Yvo is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and regularly gives courses. In 2017, Yvo was voted the best young lawyer in the world in the field of sanction law and export control by the leading online magazine WorldECR. 

In the Compliance CECO course he will talk about sanctions and trade restriction.

Mr. Dr. Mr. M. (Misha) lutje Beerenbroek

In the Compliance CECO course, Misha will share his expertise on the subject of competition, specializing in European law and competition law in a broad sense. He has his expertise and is particularly active in the field of Cartel Investigations | Fusion Control | Abuse of dominant position | Commercial contracts | Compliance.

In the Compliance CECO course, Misha will share his expertise on the subject of competition. 

Mevr. Mr. N. (Nicolet) Jager

Nicolet has a legal basis and has gained extensive experience within the financial sector. In 2008 she founded the consultancy All-Aware that carries out activities at the intersection of compliance, communication and governance. All Aware has an eye for the importance of communication and conduct. Her field of activity has since expanded beyond the financial sector and she advises various organizations on initiatives related to integrity, compliance and conduct. She has been a member of the Board of the Banking Disciplinary Law Foundation since April 2015 and is a member of the Financial Law Advisory Council of the University of Amsterdam.

In the Compliance CECO course, Nicolet will take the students along in writing policy and communication.

Mr. mr. M. (Musa) Elmas

Musa works as a senior compliance officer, advisor and trainer and has worked for more than 10 years at the Dutch Compliance Institute. Musa has developed into an all-round compliance professional, specializing in CDD. He has provided advisory services to dozens of different financial companies and has trained thousands of compliance and CDD professionals as a trainer.

In day-to-day compliance practice, Musa has performed secondment and interim projects for various financial companies, including setting up/running compliance departments and setting up/reviewing and implementing CDD control frameworks. Musa was at the basis of the development, content and design of the National Anti-Money Laundering Congress and the Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Course and many related leading national courses.

In the Compliance CECO course, Musa will discuss the topic of Anti Money Laundering.

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