Educational Seminars

Educational Seminars

2018 BSA/AML training for designated officers, staff, and volunteers

The importance of your credit union having a comprehensive BSA / AML
and OFAC Compliance program cannot be overemphasized!

AVCU’s annual Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering training seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 24th at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon, NH.

Download the promotional brochure here or register online via AVCU’s Eventbrite page.

One of the most serious responsibilities entrusted to your credit union is finding and combating financial crime and terrorist financing—it’s also required under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), one of the most important pieces of credit union legislation.

By attending AVCU’s 2018 training seminar, you’ll learn this pivotal law in great detail, the latest revisions to its official policy and implementation, and the current best practices for keeping your credit union’s anti-fraud and anti-money laundering (AML) efforts in full compliance.


Judy Britt-Cavanaugh (BSACS, CUCE, CAMS) is Vice President of Compliance for the Credit Union League of Connecticut where she is responsible for providing regulatory compliance support, training and audit services for credit unions. She is accredited by CUNA as a Credit Union Compliance Expert and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist. Judy has also been awarded the widely recognized CAMS® credential by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®), the world’s leading organization of professionals in the AML field.

Prior to joining the League in 2013, Judy had extensive compliance / paralegal experience interpreting state and federal regulations, legal communications and contracts, as well as providing relevant compliance training.  She attended Sacred Heart University for Business Management and obtained her Paralegal Certification from the University of Connecticut.

Program Outline — 2018 BSA / AML Compliance Officers: What Are Our Responsibilities?

Risks and Methods of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Understanding Money Laundering and the Three Stages of the Cycle

Methods of Money Laundering — Financial institutions; electronic fund transfers; payable-through accounts structuring; vehicle sellers; gatekeepers (notaries, accountants, auditors, lawyers); and the real estate industry.

Money Laundering Risks of Structures Designed to Hide Beneficial Ownership

High Risk Members, Businesses and Marijuana — Legalization of recreational marijuana use in Vermont has made this an essential topic for credit union compliance personnel. Bring your questions to this interactive discussion and benefit from Judy’s research and expert guidance in this developing area.

Terrorist Financing — Differences and similarities between terrorist financing and money laundering; detecting terrorist financing; and charities or non-profit organizations.

Compliance Standards for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Key U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives Applied to Transactions Internationally — USA Patriot Act; Office of Foreign Assets Control – timing requirements and enforcement considerations; and current trends in enforcement actions – penalties and causes.

Your Credit Union’s Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program:  Assessing Risk and Developing a Risk Scoring Model — Factors to determine risk; the levels and specific risks your members pose; geographical location considerations; member types; and risks posed by the products and / or services your credit union offers.

The Elements of an AML Program — Internal policies, procedures and controls; designated compliance officer; personnel training; compliance audit; oversight of key BSA reporting and recordkeeping requirements; currency transaction reporting; monetary instruments and wire transfer recordkeeping; member identification program (MIP); risk assessment; and both basic and enhanced member due diligence outside the parameters of the credit union’s MIP.

Compliance Culture and Management’s Responsibilities — BSA compliance management program requirements; transaction monitoring; independent audit; examiner documentation expectations; and Supervisory Committee / Board of Directors oversight.

FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule — Main elements of a credit union’s CDD program; account opening; member identification and verification; name checklists; “know your employees” fraud prevention program; and FinCEN’s optional Certification of Beneficial Owner(s) form.

Suspicious or Unusual Transaction Monitoring and Reporting

Red Flags or Indicators of Money Laundering / Terrorist Financing and Human Trafficking — A thorough review of suspicious customer actions or behaviors involving: proper identification, cash or credit transactions, non-cash deposits, wire transfers, safe deposit boxes, commercial accounts, and employees.

Responding to Law Enforcement Investigations

Internal Investigations

What’s on the Horizon for BSA / AML compliance?

Registration & Tuition Information

Register online by September 14th to receive a $50 per registrant Early Bird discount plus sliding scale tuition pricing that reduces the cost for every attendee your credit union registers by that date.

Tuition for this seminar includes handouts which will serve as a year-round reference, instruction by a knowledgeable professional with years of regulatory experience, continental breakfast, and a hot buffet lunch (with vegetarian options).

In addition to the $50 Early Bird discount off regular pricing, multiple Early Bird registrations reduce your tuition rate for every seminar attendee from your credit union!  Tuition reductions are based on asset size and the total number of Early Bird attendees from your CU registered by 9/14/18.

* Please Note: All tuition prices shown in the table below are per registrant.

Please direct all questions to AVCU’s Director of Information Services, John Cote, at 800-234-8285 x 7033 or by email to

2018 IRA Training program

AVCU’s 2018 Individual Retirement Account (IRA) training is scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, September 18-19. Under the direction of AVCU’s Education and Scholarship Committee, and with the assistance of our training partner Ascensus, AVCU’s program will take place, in whole or in part, contingent on the receipt of sufficient Early Bird registrations to ensure a financial break-even point.

IRA Essentials on Tuesday will take place at the Hampton Inn & Vermont Event Center. If the Advanced IRAs seminar is held on Wednesday, it will also take place at the Hampton Inn unless AVCU receives fewer-than-expected registrations.  Should that occur, the session will take place in the Conference Room of AVCU’s Colchester office.

Both sessions include a comprehensive training guide which serves as a year-round reference, instruction by a knowledgeable professional with 17 years of IRA training expertise, and buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Per registrant discounts of $50 (one session) and $100 (both sessions) off regular pricing are offered for all Early Bird registrations submitted by the August 10th deadline. For more information or questions, please contact Director of Information Services John Cote at 800-234-8285 or

Sliding Tuition Scale: Credit unions registering multiple personnel enjoy discounted tuition for all attendees.

Although our partner Ascensus offers IRA training events at popular travel destinations across the country, Vermont credit unions will find no more affordable in-person IRA training for their employees than these two days sponsored by AVCU. We are committed to providing top quality professional development at rates which are affordable to credit unions of all asset sizes.

As first offered in 2017, in addition to the $50 and $100 Early Bird discounts off regular pricing, when your credit union submits multiple Early Bird registrants, your tuition rate for every single program attendee from your credit union gets reduced!

(Tuition reductions are based on asset size and the total number of Early Bird attendees from your CU registered by 8/10/18).

* Please Note: All tuition prices shown in the table below are per registrant  for one session / both sessions.

For more information about session topics and / or Ascensus presenter Chad Neumann, download the PDF registration brochure.

Early Bird tuition registrations must be submitted online before 5:00 PM on Friday, 8/10/18 and will be invoiced shortly thereafter, with payment due prior to the event date.  Early Bird registrations cannot be cancelled after 8/10/18 and are non-refundable, but substitution requests (via email only please) will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/14/18.

Regular tuition registrations submitted after 8/10/18 are invoiced after the event and can be cancelled without cost until the final registration deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/7/18.  Cancellations will not be accepted after that date, but substitution requests (via email only please) will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/14/18.

Tuition assistance for smaller credit unions is available through the Howe-Bergengren Education Fund (please submit by 8/24/18 to allow for processing) via the application available upon request.  Parking is free at both the Hampton Inn and AVCU office.

Register online via Eventbrite at:

The tuition prices shown above are displayed on Eventbrite as “free” because AVCU prefers to invoice our credit unions directly for in-person education events.  Please select your preferred invoice delivery channel during registration.

If the contact person submitting the registration is not the IRA session attendee, please have ready the actual registrant’s full name, title, and email address.  Also be sure to choose the correct registration type and session (Essentials or Advanced) when registering for a single day seminar.

If the unlikely event that AVCU fails to receive sufficient Early Bird registrations by the August 10th deadline to achieve a financial break-even point, registrant(s) and the contact person will be notified and charges for cancelled session(s) will not be invoiced.

Distance Learning / Webinars

Distance Learning Webinars

AVCU partners with the Credit Union Webinar Network to provide affordable distance learning opportunities to our member credit unions.

Credit Union Webinar Network offers 90 minute live or recorded Webinars (usual start 3 PM ET) at a $200 registration fee. Each live Webinar includes digital handouts, one Internet connection, and one telephone connection for any number of viewers / listeners. Alternatively for the same $200 fee, the complete recorded Webinar, which includes a free digital download of the entire presentation and handouts, may be ordered. This free digital download can serve as an “off the shelf” training program for your credit union’s future training needs. The registration fee for both the live and recorded Webinar with free digital download is $250.


CUWN generously offers discounted pricing of $169 to credit unions with less than $20 million in assets that choose the recorded Webinar option.