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Earn the CRCM

To earn the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation, candidates must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements;
  • Submit completed application and fees for desired exam date;
  • Pass the CRCM examination.




You must meet the following eligibility requirements by the time that you take the exam. ABA will accept your application with education/training that is scheduled to be completed by your exam date.

ABA certifications are based on U.S. laws and regulations and are therefore not offered outside the U.S.

Experience Tiers

Six (6) or more years of U.S. experience as a compliance professional* within the last ten (10) years.  Three (3) of the six years must be within the last five (5) years.


Three (3) years minimum of U.S. experience as a compliance professional* AND completion of TWO of the following compliance-related training options, all within the last five (5) years:

* Compliance experience must be directly related to the laws and regulations on the  CRCM Examination Outline.

Professional Experience

A compliance manager's responsibilities generally include direct compliance risk program management and/or validation of compliance risk control effectiveness. The execution of operational business processes incorporating compliance risk controls is not a function or duty generally performed by a compliance manager as a normal and customary job responsibility and thus does not qualify towards meeting the experience requirement.

To satisfy the Professional Experience requirement, primary responsibility for the full range of compliance risk functions is required. Compliance risk functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing compliance risk assessments, audits or examinations, or
  • Developing, implementing, and/or managing all aspects of a compliance risk management program to ensure compliance with U.S. federal laws and regulations.

These jobs are typically found within corporate compliance, legal, audit departments (internal or external), Regulatory Agencies, or dedicated compliance practices within consulting firms. Job responsibilities must be primarily focused on compliance risk management:

  • Program design, implementation and oversight,
  • Consultation as a subject-matter expert,
  • Administration, enforcement or audit of compliance-related policies, procedures and processes to manage compliance risk, and/or
  • Examination of a bank's compliance program.

Training Credit Options

Credits may be obtained by attending conferences, seminars, and compliance schools or participating in online training and webinars that are directly related to the laws and regulations on the CRCM Examination Outline. Training can be sponsored by the ABA, your employer or an outside training provider.

The following are examples of training that counts toward the 30 credits of compliance-related training option. Credits may vary depending on the year you completed one of the ABA events.

Ethics Statement

Each candidate must sign ABA Professional Certifications' Code of Ethics statement. Please note: you must furnish all pertinent information about any convictions or pleas of nolo contendere on the grounds of fraud, embezzlement, unfair or deceptive practices, securities law violations, misappropriation of property, fraudulent conversations or any civil or administrative action from which you have been previously found liable.




​How to Apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements to determine if you qualify.
  2. Review the exam dates below.
  3. Purchase the exam. Payment must be made by credit card. (You will be prompted to create a Certification Manager account.)
  4. Complete and submit the application that appears following  the purchase.

You will receive an Approval/Denial email from ABA within two weeks after receiving your application, along with additional details about the exam site. If your application is denied, you will receive a refund of your exam fee minus a $100 application fee.

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Exam Dates & Fees

The CRCM Exam Fee is $750. For Retakes, the fee is $450.

Exam Date Exam Site Application
Due Date
Dec. 1-21, 2019 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based
Oct. 2, 2019
​Feb. 1- 29, 2020 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​December 3, 2019
​Apr. 1-30, 2020 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​January 31, 2020
​Jun. 1-30, 2020 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​April 2, 2020
​Aug. 1-31, 2020 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​June 2, 2020
​Oct. 1-31, 2020 ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​August 3, 2020
​Dec. 1-19, 2020    ​Castle Test Sites
Computer Based   
​October 2, 2020

Castle Test Sites - Candidates select a date and time within the identified date range, subject to testing center availability. Find Castle Test Site city locations.

**Please note, January and February exams will only cover laws and regulations in effect through 12/31 of the prior year. All other exams will cover current laws and regulations.

Exam Cancellation or Rescheduling

Should you need to cancel or reschedule your exam after application, please review the procedures and fee schedule on the Exam Cancellation/Rescheduling page.

Exam Retakes

  • You must wait a minimum of 90 days before you are allowed to retake an exam on the next scheduled exam date.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam.
  • You must pass the exam within a 3 year period from the date of your first exam attempt or a new application and fee is required.
  • Please apply to retake the exam by logging in to the Certification Manager. You must log in using the same user id and password that you used to register for your previous exam attempt(s).
  • Upon login, the retake options and pricing will display if you have previously taken this exam. After completing your purchase, please complete the retake application and submit by the application due date for the desired exam date.


 Exam Information


Exam Facts, Scoring and Reporting

  • 200 multiple-choice questions (see sample questions)
  • Maximum 4 hour timeframe allowed
  • Calculators not allowed
  • Instant "Pass/Fail" outcome provided for computer based exams at a testing center
  • Official score reports delivered via email within 6 weeks after the close of the exam window 
  • For full details, read the Certification Exam FAQs

Knowledge Areas (Current)

The CRCM advisory board has determined that a competent compliance professional’s expertise includes regulatory knowledge leveraged through a task-based approach in the following areas:

  • Credit
  • Deposits
  • Bank Operations
  • Financial Crimes
  • CRA
  • Privacy

Please review the current CRCM Examination Outline for additional details.

Domains (Previously Knowledge Areas) Effective December 2019

  • Assessment and Management of Compliance Risk
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • Governance and Oversight
  • Regulatory Change Management
  • Regulator and Auditor Compliance Management
  • Compliance Analysis and Internal/External Reporting
Please review the CRCM Examination Outline (effective December 2019) for additional details.

Study Resources

While ABA recommends these resources as appropriate examination preparation, ABA does not guarantee that you will pass the exam by completing these educational programs or studying these materials alone. The CRCM exam assesses not only your knowledge of the topics on the exam outline, but also your application of that knowledge. You should refer frequently to the CRCM Examination Outline when preparing for the exam.

Examination Misconduct

All persons taking one of ABA Professional Certifications' examinations are expected to abide by all rules and regulations governing the examination before, during and after the examination. Possession of copies of any current or previous examination given by ABA Professional Certifications (formerly ICB) is not authorized and is a violation of the rules governing certification exams. Persons taking an ABA Professional Certifications examination are not permitted to take notes about the examination.

Any person found to have violated any of the rules governing ABA Professional Certifications exams, or to have conducted themselves in a dishonest or unethical manner with respect to the taking of an ABA Professional Certifications exam is subject to sanctions determined to be appropriate by ABA Professional Certifications, in its sole discretion, including, but not limited to: denial of certification; denial of the right to take any or all ABA Professional Certifications examinations. Answer sheets provided at paper/pencil testing sites determined, before grading, to have been completed by a person who has violated ABA Professional Certifications examination rules will not be graded. We reserve the right to pursue any and all remedies available to it, including legal remedies, with respect to any violation of its examination rules against anyone who violated ABA Professional Certifications examination rules or aided another in violating these rules.

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 Updated Outline Effective Dec 2019