Cannabis Compliance & Risk Management Certificate

Available through university partners

With a cross-disciplinary approach to key industry sectors, this program will prepare you to become an in-demand compliance professional within this fast-evolving cannabis industry. You will gain an understanding of the risks related to operating a commercial cannabis business and learn how to mitigate them with a proven Cannabis Risk Management Framework.

Program Details


24 weeks




24 weeks



Course Description

The cannabis industry is complex and ever-changing, making legal compliance a significant challenge for cannabis businesses of all sizes. Not only are laws constantly shifting, there are also heavy-handed compliance requirements, multiple levels of health and safety risks, and difficult challenges throughout the cannabis supply chain. This is why cannabis compliance professionals are in such high-demand today.

Through case studies, video lectures, and assignments that cover important topics such as navigating the changing regulatory environments, using track and trace systems, preventing money laundering, and minimizing wasted products, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the cannabis industry, the compliance needs and challenges throughout, and become empowered as a certified cannabis compliance professional.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll earn a certificate of completion from the university and a digital badge showcasing your skills. You’ll also be prepared to take the Certified Commercial Cannabis Professional (CCCP) through the Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts (ACCCE). 

Additionally, you’ll be granted ACCCE membership for one year when you register for this program, which includes access to additional resources and training materials designed to help you understand the complexities and risks of the commercial cannabis industry.

Topics Covered

Beginning with Cannabis 101, the program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of federal and state cannabis regulation, and the historical events that led to the formation of these laws. 

You’ll then get trained in an industry-adopted Cannabis Risk Assessment Framework, which gives you a step-by-step blueprint for becoming a successful cannabis compliance professional. 

What will be covered

  • Internal Control Environment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Control Activities
  • Information and Communication
  • Training
  • Assurance
  • Risk Program Tailoring
  • Risk Assessment Methodology
  • Money Laundering Risks
  • Illicit Cannabis Market Risk
  • Compliance Risk
  • Operational Risk
  • Supply Chain
  • Board Reporting 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you’ll be able to: 

  • Understand the risks a cannabis business may face that often leads to costly mistakes, fines, or penalties. 
  • Learn how to properly assess the risks facing a cannabis business so you can spot issues before they arise
  • Develop compliance and risk policies and procedures that keep the business safe, efficient, and comply with all applicable laws
  • Produce risk management reports that educate and inform executives and stakeholders about your progress
  • Discover how to train other employees to follow compliance and risk management best practices
  • Monitoring and testing operations to ensure responsibilities are carried out and legal requirements are met

Included Course Modules

An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis business face.



We recommend registering prior to the start date of the course. However, participants may register until Friday morning, after the start date. To register past that date, please contact us to see if we can accommodate your request. 

The cannabis certificates are non-credit, so they are not eligible for federal aid at this time. 

Students should expect to dedicate around 6-8 hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from the university they choose. 




  • Compliance professionals
  • Those interested in compliance
  • Entrepreneurs



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Start Dates

  • March 4, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • July 1, 2024
  • September 9, 2024
  • November 4, 2024

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