Syracuse University presents
Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management Certificate
Earn valuable experience to become an in-demand cannabis compliance professional
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 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.
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Cannabis Compliance & Risk Management Courses
Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Compliance and Risk Management I: Cannabis Risk Management Framework
- Internal control environment
- Risk assessment
- Control activities
- Information and communication
- 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
Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
In 2019, New York state reported over $125 million in legal cannabis sales. The New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association projects an increase to $4.2 billion in sales by 2027.
Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report & The New York Times
In 2020, New York reported over 112,000 medical cannabis patients (and growing).
Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.
Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report
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