Springboard+ Certificate in Regulatory Technology (RegTech)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
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Download the March 2019 timetable here.

Dublin Business School, in conjunction with Springboard+, have developed a part-time Level 8 Special Purpose Award programme leading to a Certificate in Regulatory Technology (RegTech).

RegTech - the use of new technology to facilitate the delivery of regulatory requirements - is an industry that is rapidly being changed by software. RegTech, as quoted by Deloitte, is “technology that seeks to provide nimble, configurable, easy to integrate, reliable, secure and cost effective regulatory solutions”. The automation of due diligence using data that can be tailored to a company’s risk based approach is at the forefront of this RegTech revolution. RegTech is a subsection of FinTech which will be key to facilitating the delivery of regulatory requirements, such as the forthcoming markets in financial instruments directive which comes into place this year.

This is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery focused on the regulation of the financial services industry, and how technology is driving innovation in the ways that financial institutions meet their existing and changing regulatory requirements. The programme focuses on practical skills in core areas such as data analytics, blockchain applications, disruptive technologies, data governance and security in the context of an evolving financial regulatory environment.

The specific aims of the programme are as follows:

1. To enable learners to develop in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in the current and developing RegTech environment;

2. To facilitate the development by the learner of applied skills that are directly complementary and relevant to the workplace;

3. To identify and develop autonomous learning skills for the learner;

4. To develop in the learner a deep and systematic understanding of current and evolving application of RegTech solutions;

5. To enable the learner to identify, develop and apply detailed analytical, creative, problem solving skills;   

6. Provide the learner with a comprehensive platform for career development, innovation and further study.

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 7 NFQ award in a cognate discipline such as finance or related area OR a non-cognate award with 1–2 years’ professional experience the financial services industry. Candidates with a non-cognate background will be interviewed. Due to the nature of the content candidates will be required to show sufficient competency in statistics.  

In addition, an IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent is required, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or for applicants whose first language is not English. Applications without this will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (RPL).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Learners may also access this programme on the basis of recognition of prior learning or by assessment of prior experiential learning/informal learning. Such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. The process is implemented within the relevant school, by the relevant Head of School/Department or nominee, and is overseen by the Registrar. For this particular programme applicants will be considered on a case by case basis based upon their educational record, work experience and a capacity to successfully participate in the programme.

Corporate Services

Did you know? DBS would love to meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes initiative.

DBS offers a range of Springboard+ programmes designed to meet the skills need of employers and the country. These programmes could provide your employees with the relevant skills to grow and develop into the next few years and beyond.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.




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Course Content

Modules within this programme include:

- RegTech Solutions

- Data Analytics for RegTech Applications

- Innovation in the RegTech Ecosystem

- RegTech Sectors and Technologies


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The course duration is one Academic Year. Typically students attend classes on two evenings per week. 

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Career Opportunities

In Ireland, FinTech is at the centre of the Government's and Minister Simon Harris’ Strategy and Vision for International Financial Services 2020 with the strategic goal being detailed as: “drive research, innovation & entrepreneurship in the IFS sector, with a particular focus on financial technology & governance, risk & compliance”. Alan Meaney (FundRecs) emphasises “With Ireland’s base of Financial Services knowledge workers and software capabilities we have an opportunity to develop a RegTech cluster in a similar way the IFSC was seeded over 25 years ago. RegTech is on the rise, and now six Irish companies have done enough to make the list of the top 100 in the world. Deloitte analysis, based on company research, shows that the FinTech industry directly employs approximately 5,000 people, and has the potential to double by 2020. Much of this potential will stem from the collaboration opportunities between the FinTech industry and financial services companies which will predominantly be driven by the projected spend on IT services by financial service firms in Ireland. 

RegTech incorporates the core technical skills in this evolving area. Through the work of the programme team, in conjunction with industry experts, RegTech has been defined as a combination of financial regulation, data governance/management/analytics and the application of innovative technologies. The programme’s aims and learning outcomes have been designed to develop specific and inter-related skills in the adoption and evolution of RegTech solutions. To encourage the learner’s development, guest speakers from the Financial services industry and specifically from the RegTech sector  will be invited to participate in the delivery of each module.

A suite of career motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops will be delivered and timetabled for programme participants. Additional sessions will be scheduled to include:

- CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Techniques & Job searching tools
- One-to-One sessions
- Individual coaching & feedback, Review of experience and progress & Candidate/Employment matching process.

Out of hours one-to-one consultations, with evening appointments, will also be offered to programme participants who are unable to attend during the day. 

DBS will offer strong assessment processes and feedback tools to assist in one-to-one sessions in training on behavioural competencies style, career match aptitudes that will enhance significantly the career guidance, personal development, employer engagement and interview skills in order to maximise the work placement and employment opportunities. Significant emphasis will be placed on building communication and interpersonal confidence and skills to demonstrate own value to employer. Each participant will have access to a careers coach/mentor to support the candidate/placement matching and placement process with potential employers.

DBS also provides extensive networking opportunities for Springboard students and also liaises with external partners to enhance career progression for its learners. 

DBS also has extensive engagement with industry and in addition to companies who have pledged interests of placements, it has over 1,150 employers on its database and active engagement with 2,727 DBS Alumni all of whom are being contacted to offer work experience opportunities to Springboard Students. 

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People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2018/19 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

  • People in employment

    Please note that under the Springboard+ 2018/19 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. These fees can be paid by either the applicant or their employer, should the employer sponsor the applicant. Should you require a company sponsorship form for invoicing please let us know.

    Therefore the below fees will be applied to your application, should your application be successful, for this course:

    Certificate in RegTech - Course fee is €3,200, of which you pay 10% = €320

    NOTE: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.

  • Returners (Formerly referred to as Homemakers)

    Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Course specific criteria may also apply.

  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed

Courses are fully funded for these applicants. All courses are open to this category of applicants, with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of Jobseekers-related payments.

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process.

Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

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Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.

Corporate Services

Did you know? DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.

This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties, that may want to invest in employees' professional development.

For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on admissions@dbs.ie or by telephone 01 417 7500.


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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Course Commencement Date:
March 2019 
Award Level: 
Level 8 Special Purpose Award
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    We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

    Email: admissions@dbs.ie
    Phone: 01 417 7500
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