The Payments Association Payments 201 Training Course:

An introduction to the course


“This is a fantastic course for those looking to upskill on all things crypto/ digital assets/ blockchain. In two days I learnt more than I have in the last two months on the topic. Highly recommend.”

“A doff-of-the-cap to the course organisers and presenters in being brave enough to simplify such a complex market to help policy professionals to better understand what is going on and the evolving dynamics involved. A ‘must’ for anyone wanting a handle of what that changing picture looks like from a technical, market and regulatory perspective.”

What you’ve always wanted to know about virtual & decentralised payments but were afraid to ask…

This broad and comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of virtual, crypto and decentralised payments gives an in-depth snapshot of this particular aspect of the payments industry for a better understanding of how it all fits together. The course combines presenter-led sessions, thought-provoking videos and quizzes. Drawing on real life examples, it weaves together the underpinning principles, key stakeholders and regulations. with practical applications for all three. It will bring an understanding of the key issues and opportunities, with practical advice to take back.


  • Payments 101 (or equivalent knowledge) is a pre-requisite, otherwise this course will be difficult to follow.
  • Regulations 101 (or equivalent knowledge) is desired (although not necessary), as it can help better understand the regulatory context.

Course Content

PART 1 – DAY 1

  • Introduction: Centralised vs decentralised
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Digital/Virtual assets (Part 1)

PART 2 – DAY 2

  • Digital/Virtual assets (Part 2)
  • Transacting in a decentralised payments ecosystem
    Risks – An overview
  • Regulations
  • Market outlook
  • Final considerations

Course trainer: Neira Jones, FBCS, MsC

Neira advises organisations of all sizes on payments, fintech, regtech, cybercrime, information security, regulations (e.g. PSD2, GDPR, AML) and digital innovation. More than 20 years in financial services and technology made her believe in change through innovation & partnerships. She always strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues and also enjoys her work as an expert witness. She likes engaging on social media and regularly addresses global audiences as a keynote speaker or chair-person.

This course is CPD accredited. Attendees will receive 6 CPD points having attended the course. In order to receive full accreditation for the course, you must attend the full course. Please contact Orlanna Morris at to receive your certificate at the end of the course.

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