Training Accreditation

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® is a comprehensive and rigorous training and accreditation program that offers a professional credential for anti-bribery compliance specialists. The accreditation enables professionals working in this growing field to distinguish themselves with demonstrated anti-bribery compliance expertise. TASA is the only accreditation program available that is dedicated to anti-bribery compliance and features more than 100 courses taught by world-renowned faculty. This program offers companies the highest level of training for their employees and provides individuals with a way to advance their career. The accreditation is awarded by TRACE, the internationally respected anti-bribery standard setting organization.

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Upcoming Courses

TRACEcertification: Leveraging TRACE Certified Due Diligence Reports - At No Cost - Even If They're Not a Part of Your Program

Date: 17 October 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST; 1:00pm - 1:30pm CT
Faculty: Emily Anderson, Counsel, Ethics and Compliance, VF Services LLC and Emily Peake, Manager, Training, TRACE International


Course Description

The cost and time associated with screening third parties continues to grow. But it doesn’t have to. Shared-cost due diligence offers multinational companies with common third parties the opportunity to substantially reduce due diligence costs while more thoroughly screening a higher number of third parties and maintaining the quality of reports.

TRACE Certified due diligence eliminates screening costs for multinational companies by allowing third parties to purchase, own and share their verified due diligence reports. TRACEcertification is a comprehensive due diligence review and analysis based on the highest international standards and benchmarks. Many multinational companies accept TRACE Certified due diligence in lieu of their own reviews. But even if your company doesn’t, you can still use TRACEcertification reports to bolster or speed up your own due diligence procedures.

Join TRACE President, Alexandra Wrage, on Tuesday, 17 October for a 30 minute complimentary webinar to learn more about each component of a TRACEcertification report and how you can get the most out of TRACE Certified due diligence and enhance your due diligence procedures at no cost, whether or not you’re a TRACE member or due diligence customer

Alexandra Wrage

TRACE International

Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and What You Should Know about Anti-Bribery Compliance and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Ms. Wrage is a guest blogger for Forbes and hosts the popular podcast: Bribe, Swindle or Steal. She speaks frequently on topics of transparency and good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.

Ms. Wrage was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee. She served on the 2015 and 2017 B20 Taskforces on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies.  She has held numerous ABA committee positions and has participated in anti-bribery working groups with the OECD and UN Global Compact.

Ms. Wrage was named one of the 2016 “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record, one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and received the 2014 Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.”

Prior to founding TRACE, Ms. Wrage was international counsel at Northrop Grumman. Ms. Wrage, a Canadian-American, studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University.

Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How This Context Influences Current Thinking (Advanced)

Date: 24 October 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST; 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT
Faculty: Scott Sullivan, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Flowserve Corporation & James Tillen, Member & Vice Chair, International Department, Miller & Chevalier


Course Description

This webinar will review compliance and enforcement milestones since inception of the FCPA in order to understand the development of best practices and provide context for recent developments, such as the FCPA Pilot Program and ISO 37001.  The webinar will also provide analyses and capsule summaries of U.S. and international standards for compliance that can be used in educating board members and other key stakeholders. 

Scott Sullivan

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Flowserve Corporation

Scott E. Sullivan is Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Flowserve Corporation, a global manufacturer of fluid motion and control products such as pumps, valves and seals. Flowserve has approximately 17,000 employees and operates in 55+ countries. Mr. Sullivan oversees, develops, implements and manages Flowserve’s global trade compliance, anti-bribery, antitrust, corporate investigation, security and ethics programs.

Mr. Sullivan has written and contributed numerous articles on anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions and other ethics and compliance topics to a variety of publications. Mr. Sullivan is also a frequent local, national and international speaker, moderator and conference organizer on compliance, anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls and economic sanctions.

James Tillen
Member & Vice Chair, International Department
Miller & Chevalier

James Tillen is Vice Chair of Miller & Chevalier's International Department.  His practice focuses on Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) matters.  He has had significant experience with every facet of an FCPA enforcement matter, from inception to completion, including developing work plans for internal investigations, conducting internal investigations (including in-country witness interviews and document collections and reviews), developing remediation strategies (including employee discipline, compliance program enhancements, and employee training), drafting voluntary disclosures to the U.S. government, negotiating resolutions with the U.S. government, developing strategies for collateral issues (including public relations and related litigation), selecting independent monitors, and interfacing with independent monitors on behalf of clients.  Mr. Tillen also has managed FCPA due diligence reviews and compliance audits, drafted numerous FCPA compliance programs, developed FCPA training programs, and performed FCPA training for client operations throughout the world.


Accreditation Program Requirements

The accreditation process requires that candidates complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and pass the accreditation examination with a score of 85 or higher. The requirements must be fulfilled within 12 months of entering the program.

The TASA program provides a core set of fundamental anti-bribery compliance courses along with a broad range of regional and industry specific topics.

  • Substantive Expertise: Courses focused on corporate compliance programs, third party due diligence, books and records provisions, law enforcement and international organizations.
  • Regional Expertise: Courses focused on anti-bribery challenges in specific countries including, but not limited to, China, Russia, India, Nigeria, Brazil and Myanmar.
  • Industry Expertise: Courses tailored for oil and gas, aerospace and defense, technology, retail, healthcare, financial services industries and the international development community.

Candidates are encouraged to design their own path of study of follow the standard two-phase structure detailed below.

Program Phase 1: Fundamentals

This phase consists of 7 one-hour fundamental courses, which candidates are encouraged to complete before moving on to intermediate and advanced courses. The fundamental courses include:

  1. Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore 
  2. Key Considerations in Anti-Corruption Investigations 
  3. FCPA Compliance in Action 
  4. Gifts and Hospitality in the Anti-Bribery Context 
  5. Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags
  6. Due Diligence on Third Parties: Rationale, Requirements and Red Flags
  7. The Role of the Private Sector in Combating Institutionalized Corruption in Emerging Markets

Program Phase 2: Focus Areas

This phase consists of at least 23 hours of live and recorded courses from the 5 focus areas. Candidates are advised to dedicate 3-4 hours to each of the focus areas and obtain any remaining credit hours from a TASA accredited conference.

  • Compliance Programs and Risk Management
  • Country/Region Specific
  • Industry-Specific
  • International Organizations & Civil Society
  • Investigations and Enforcement
Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to  all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition.