Training Accreditation

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® is a comprehensive and rigorous year-long 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. The program is designed to be completed online and offers more than 100 courses taught by a world-renowned faculty of industry and subject matter experts. Candidates may self-select a specialization by region (LatAm, Europe, AsiaPac), subject matter (Business Integrity & Risk) and/or industry expertise (Oil, Gas & Energy, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Aerospace & Defense, Tech & Telecom) better preparing them to add real-world value to organizations. The accreditation is awarded by TRACE, the internationally recognized anti-bribery standard setting organization, and supported by the TASA Advisory Committee.

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Upcoming Courses


Enhancing Internal Reporting Mechanisms to Build Trust and Foster a Culture of “Speaking Up”

(Available only to TRACE Members)

Date: 29 November 2018
8:30am - 9:30am EST
Sonali N. Narasimhan, Chief Compliance Officer, ASEAN, General Electric Corporation (Singapore)


Misconduct mitigation is not as effective as you may think…In today’s global organizations, more than half of observed misconduct is not reported by employees, hampering effectiveness of compliance programs. During this session, gain invaluable insights from a senior-level, compliance executive as she shares proven tips for making the business case for employees to “speak up.” Addressing topics including internal reporting, effective response and building trust, walk away from this session with recommended approaches for fostering a business culture that encourages openness in reporting throughout your organization

Speaker Biography 

Sonali N. Narasimhan
Chief Compliance Officer, ASEAN
General Electric Corporation (Singapore)

As the Chief Compliance Officer, ASEAN, Sonali is responsible for setting the strategic direction for compliance programs of GE’s business portfolio which includes businesses such as Power, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Aviation and Digital across the South East Asia region. She is a business partner, enabling business to grow and take risks without compromise on integrity. Sonali brings with her more than 14 years of experience in compliance and corporate governance. She has expertise in risk management, building compliance culture and open reporting programs, integration of acquisitions, internal investigations and innovative training and communications.  She has been with GE in compliance roles in growing seniority at Asia Pacific and India with multiple industrial businesses such as Oil and Gas, Power and the Global Growth Organization. Sonali is passionate about community development, and currently co-leads the Singapore council for GE Volunteers, whose activities improve lives and meet critical needs in local communities. Sonali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law. She is an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and holds a diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Laws from the National Law School of India University at Bangalore.


The Art of Joint Bidding – An Oil & Gas Industry Guide for Navigating the Process of Joint Bidding

(Available only to TRACE Members)

Date: 13 December 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Gabriella Neal, Counsel for Latin America and Mexico, Weatherford International LLC 


More and more often, end customers within the oil and gas industry are requesting joint bids for complex projects to supplement a lack of expertise by a party involved. Led by Gabriella Neal, Regional Compliance Counsel for Latin America and Mexico Geozone Counsel at Weatherford, learn during this session practical guidance for navigating the joint bidding process in a manner that will reduce your company’s risk exposure while ensuring compliance with key anti-bribery regulations. Addressing key topics including due diligence and contract terms, an added benefit of this session, Ms. Neal will also share insights into the nuances of joint bidding when working with partners in various jurisdictions including Latin American and Mexico.

Speaker Biography

Gabriella Neal
Counsel for Latin America and Mexico
Weatherford International LLC 

Gabriella Neal currently serves as Regional Compliance Counsel for Latin America and Mexico Geozone Counsel at Weatherford where she’s held that role since April 2018. A dual licensed attorney in both New York and Mexico, Gabriella’s specialties include US & Latin America commercial and corporate law, international employment law, data privacy, corporate compliance, FCPA and software licensing. Prior to her current role Gabriella held the position of Legal Counsel for Mexico & Venezuela wherein she was responsible for all legal support in Mexico and Venezuela, supervising and managing local attorneys and legal staff on all legal matters including contract negotiations, bid processes, commercial issues and labor matters. Prior to joining Weatherford, Gabriella was employed at Halliburton where she held several roles including Northern Latin America Counsel and President, iMPACT Board of Directors Professional Organization, an organization of Halliburton professionals with the primary objective of furthering employee development, enhancing leadership competencies and increasing employee retention through networking and leadership programs that prepare members for growth within the company.


Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain: Best Practice Recommendations for Complying With Federal, State and Foreign Requirements 

(Available only to TRACE Members)

Date: 19 December 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Speakers: Michael R. Littenberg
, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP 


Human trafficking remains an issue of global scale for companies across industries. Posing risks to global corporate operations across several fronts, benefit during this session from an overview of recent updates to the law specific to human trafficking at the global, US state and federal level.  Providing practical suggestions for meeting regulatory compliance requirements, the session will also address related supply chain requirements outside of human trafficking that can pose exposure for multi-national corporations with global operations.

Speaker Biography

Michael R. Littenberg

Michael Littenberg is a partner at Ropes & Gray. As part of his practice, for almost 30 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies, asset managers and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as one of the leading practitioners in this emerging area.  Michael is the only U.S. law firm partner ranked in Chambers Global Business and Human Rights category, has been included for multiple years in various top influencer lists relating to CSR, conflict minerals and modern slavery compliance and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of CSR issues.   

In the ESG/CSR/supply chain compliance space, Michael advises clients on, among other things: compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements, “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance;  due diligence; risk and impact assessments; structuring and implementation of tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct; public benefit corporations; impact and socially responsible investing; training; benchmarking; regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications; stakeholder engagement; and grievance mechanisms.


Accreditation Program Requirements

TASA has been designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for those seeking subject matter expertise in anti-bribery compliance. The accreditation process requires candidates to complete 20 hours of coursework along with passing two examinations to ensure knowledge retention. To attain accreditation candidates must complete the 20 hours of coursework and both Phase examinations within 12 months of entering the program. Divided into two substantive phases- Phase One: Fundamental Courses and Phase Two: Advanced Courses, there is a third optional phase of the program focused on specializations by industry, region and subject matter.

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 a wide range of anti-bribery fundamentals including but not limited to corporate compliance, third party due diligence, books and records provisions, law enforcement, cross-border investigations, international organizations, whistleblowers, compliance audits and forensic accounting.
  • Regional Expertise: Courses focused on anti-bribery challenges in specific countries including, but not limited to, China, Vietnam, France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, India, Brazil, Nigeria and Myanmar.
  • Industry Expertise: Courses tailored for the oil, gas & energy, aerospace & defense, technology & telecom, life sciences, 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.

Phase One: Fundamental Courses

Consisting of courses that address fundamental anti-bribery/anti-corruption concepts, Phase One provides candidates with a foundation for the material to be explored over the course of the TASA program. The fundamental courses include:

  1. Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore
  2. Effective Internal Investigations – From Discovery to Disclosure
  3. FCPA Compliance in Action
  4. Gifts, Meals, Travel and Entertainment under the FCPA
  5. Due Diligence on Third Parties: Rationale, Requirements and Red Flags
  6. Navigating the Books and Records & Internal Control Provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)
  7. Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion, and the High Price of Bad Business
  8. How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior Through a Compliance and Ethics Framework
  9. Innovations and Challenges in Compliance Training
  10. TRACE Conflicts of Interest
  11. TRACE How to Say No

Program Phase Two: Advanced Courses

Building upon the foundation provided by the Phase One Fundamental Courses, Phase 2 engages the candidate into an exploration of advanced concepts with anti-bribery implications. The advanced courses are listed below:

  • Managing Data Transfer & Conflict of Laws Risks Associated with Cross-Border Investigations and Litigation
  • Anti-Bribery Compliance Audits: A Checklist of Essentials
  • Contract Negotiation and Execution Detecting the Responding to bribery Risks
  • FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
  •  What to do When a Company Receives a Dodd-Frank FCPA Whistleblower Letter
  • Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How this Context Influences Current Thinking
  • Voluntary Self-Disclosure, cooperation and Remediation under the DOJ's Pilot Program
  • SECs Increased Enforcement of Internal Controls
  • Resolving Licensing, Sales, Tax and Customs Issues in High Risk Markets without Running Afoul of the FCPA
  • TRACE Economic Sanctions Course
  • TRACE Avoiding Trafficked Labor Course

(Optional) Phase Three: Industry, Subject Matter or Regional Specializations

Phase Three offers candidates to the opportunity to specialize on areas of anti-bribery compliance. The specialization pathways are listed below:

  1. By Region:
    • LatAm
    • Europe
    • AsiaPac
  2. Business Integrity & Risk
  3. By industry:
    • Oil, Gas & Energy
    • Financial Services
    • Life Sciences Specialization
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Tech/Telecom


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Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition.

Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to  all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition.