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Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management Certificate

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.

The cannabis industry is complex and ever-changing, making legal compliance a significant challenge for cannabis businesses of all sizes. This is why cannabis compliance professionals are in such high demand today.

Through this program, 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.

Delivered through video lectures, readings and e-learning modules, this interactive online certificate program will ensure you have the knowledge and credibility needed to build your cannabis compliance career.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive an official Cannabis Compliance & Risk Management Certificate from Gonzaga University backed by the GF Institute, the industry standard in cannabis credentials. Plus, you’ll gain access to the GF Institute Employer Network, a platform of growing cannabis companies eager to hire graduates with this type of education and qualification. 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.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the cannabis industry and take your career to the next level. Enroll today and join the ranks of other successful cannabis compliance professionals!

Frequently Asked Questions

The programs are self-paced and you can register and begin the courses at any time. Once you complete your registration you’ll receive an email with course access.

Students should expect to dedicate 6-8 hours per week to adequately interact and complete coursework in the program. You can complete each week’s assignment according to your own schedule.

These programs are currently not eligible for federal aid, however we do offer a payment plan.

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Instructor led, asynchronous

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In 2022, there were over 417,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.

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For five years in a row the cannabis industry grew by more than 27%, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

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In this comprehensive webinar, you will learn about the cannabis industry, job opportunities, and how these programs can help you join this rapidly growing industry.

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Learn From Industry Experts

Discover the secrets of the expanding cannabis industry with engaging video content led by industry pioneers and leading experts. These experts possess extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of the industry and have played a vital role in shaping this emerging field. With their unique insights and research, you will have an unparalleled educational opportunity to master the latest trends and best practices in the cannabis industry. Learn from the best, increase your knowledge and become a trusted advisor in the cannabis industry.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

We are committed to providing you with expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting. Our cutting-edge curriculum is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the cannabis industry. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of our course is optimized for effective learning and retention. With our carefully crafted curriculum, you can be confident that you are receiving an exceptional educational experience that will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

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Brion Nazarro

Founder and President, Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts (ACCCE)

Brion Nazarro has 20 years of risk management and compliance experience in officer and board roles, specifically resolving high complexity Memorandums of Understanding, Cease and Desist Orders and other enforcement actions. 

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Jacob Morehead

Senior AML and Fraud Associate

Jacob Morehead has 10 years of working Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Finance (CTF) experience. Jacob has specialized in risk management, working with highly regulated industries such as cannabis, and hemp-related businesses, casinos and sportsbooks.

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Pam Maucher

Chief of Staff, Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts

Pam Maucher has more than 15 years of experience assisting banks, casinos, MSBs and Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) in the FinTech space with BSA/AML compliance, regulatory licensing and development/enhancement of risk and compliance programs, including hemp and cannabis banking programs.

Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

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 businesses face. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • History of cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system
  • Agriculture and cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and policy
  • Cannabis medicine and health care
  • Careers in the cannabis industry

Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management I: Cannabis Risk Management Framework

This course will lay the foundation for a Cannabis Risk Management Framework. A Cannabis Risk Management Framework (CRMF) is a framework for which risks and opportunities can be identified within the context of business objectives and programs are established to operate within the risk appetite. Main topics covered in this course include:

  • Internal control environment
  • Risk assessment
  • Control activities
  • Information and communication
  • Training 
  • Assurance
  • Risk program tailoring

Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management II: Risk Assessment

This course addresses risk assessment as the foundation of a well-designed risk program. The risk assessment process enables management to better identify and mitigate gaps in a commercial cannabis business’s control of activities. It is sound practice that the risk assessment is formally written and in accordance with a methodology that is easily understood by all relevant parties. Main topics covered in this course include: 

  • Risk assessment methodology
  • Money laundering risk
  • Illicit cannabis market risk
  • Compliance risk
  • Operational risk
  • Supply chain 
  • Board reporting

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