Saint Joseph’s University presents
Cannabis Compliance & 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
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
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- 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
- 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, the second year of PA’s medical marijuana program, total sales jumped almost 500% year-on-year, with total program sales standing at $524 million.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020
In January of 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the state had 153,000 patients, up from 70,000 in January 2019.
Source: PGH City Paper
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 Jobs Report 2020
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