How to participate

The OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation is open to officials working for any government agency involved in the fight against tax crime and other financial crime (e.g. money laundering, bribery, and corruption). This includes but is not limited to civil and criminal tax investigators, financial intelligence authorities, anti-money laundering authorities, anti-corruption authorities, police, prosecutors, and judges.

Guidelines on the application process

1. Subscribe to the Academy distribution list

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2. Receive an invitation by email

You will receive an invitation by email for programmes of the International Academy and/or the regional centre (if applicable). Invitations are sent three months ahead of the programme starting date in case of on-site programmes, or two months ahead in case of virtual programmes. The invitation will include a link to the online application form, a draft agenda and senior management approval form and a letter, which entails the course dates, objectives and modality of the course, what is expected from applicants, information on its cost as well as the application deadline. Therefore, it is important to read this invitation carefully before applying.

3. Complete online application form

All applicants are required to complete an online application form (click here to see an example) and submit this together with their resume and a signed senior management approval form. For specialty programmes, you should also submit a one-page summary of a subject case where you were involved in the investigation, management and/or prosecution. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

4. Application review and selection

Once the application is closed, the Academy Course Leaders and OECD Secretariat review the applications. Scroll down to see the selection criteria for participants. Once selections have been made, officials are notified of the outcome of their applications.

5. Notification of the results

About one week after the application deadline, all applicants will receive an email that informs them whether or not their application was successful. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email with a link to an online registration form and logistics note (on-site programme) or Zoom user guide (virtual programme). The confirmation email would also include information on actions required: e.g. visa application and flight information, payment, pre-course e-learning exercise and participant presentation and assignments.

6. Register for the course

In order to secure a place in the course, selected participants should complete an online registration form, which includes a pre-course questionnaire. Now there is just one thing left for you to do: look forward to the course. Until then we will remain in touch and at your disposal for any queries.

7. Welcome!

We welcome you to the Academy and are looking forward to building a lasting relationship with you as one of the Academy Alumni.

Selection criteria for participants

When reviewing the application forms and resumes, the Academy Course Leaders and OECD Secretariat consider a number of primary and secondary selection criteria outlined below.

Primary selection criteria

  • Applicant is a government official working for a financial crime authority;
  • Applicant has demonstrated experience in the investigation, prosecution, and/or recovery of assets related to financial crimes (assessed through the application form and resume);
  • Applicant has the signed written approval of his or her senior manager to participate in the programme;
  • For the intermediate course on Managing Financial Crime Investigations, the applicant must have demonstrated experience in the management of financial crime investigations, prosecutions, or recovery of stolen assets;
  • For the eight-day speciality courses, the applicant must have demonstrated experience in the relevant field (e.g. money laundering, VAT/GST fraud investigations, asset recovery etc.). This is assessed though the submission of a mandatory one page case summary requested as part of the online application form;
  • Participants must have a good command of English to be able to participate in the programmes in Kenya, Japan, and Italy. Participants must have a good command of English and/or Spanish to be able to participate in the programme in Argentina. This may be tested prior to acceptance to ensure that the applicant can participate effectively.

Secondary selection criteria

Once these primary criteria are determined, a number of secondary considerations are factored into the final selections. These include:

Gender diversity

In line with OECD policy on gender balance in conferences and events, the Academy strives to ensure that women are as equally represented as men as participants at the Academy. Jurisdictions should therefore consider gender balance when nominating officials for Academy courses. To the extent that women meet the above-outlined primary criteria for participation, their applications will be prioritised to ensure equal representation.

Geographical diversity

As an international programme, it is important that participants represent a broad range of jurisdictions. To that end, Academy strives to ensure that every class has the broadest representation of jurisdictions possible based on qualified applicants.

Whole of government representation

An 'all of government' approach to combatting tax and other financial crimes underpins all of the OECD’s work on tax and crime. To that end, selections also take in account the authorities that applicants represent to ensure that a broad cross section of financial crime authorities participate in each course (e.g. FIUs, tax and customs authorities, AML authorities, police, prosecutors etc.).

Participation in previous programmes

While there is no restriction on attending more than one programme, where several qualified applicants apply from the same jurisdiction, preference will be given to those who have not previously participated in an Academy programme.


As a rule, Academy participants are required to fund their own participation in the programme, except for the virtual programmes which are provided free of charge. This is an important part of ensuring buy-in from their administration. However, on occasion, the OECD works with development partners who aid the sponsorship of participants that would not otherwise be able to attend. To that end, on some programmes, we set aside places for the recipients of donor funding. However, these participants, like all others, are still required to complete the application process and must still meet all of the above outlined primary criteria.


The OECD reserves the right to invite individuals to participate in the programme outside of the above outlined selection criteria in special circumstances e.g. a special governmental request, someone with a specific skillset, which would be beneficial to other participants etc.

Contact the OECD Academy Secretariat

Please contact the OECD Secretariat ([email protected]) for more information on the Academy or to request an application form for one of our training programmes.