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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.

Unlock your potential as a highly sought-after compliance professional in the fast-evolving cannabis industry with our cross-disciplinary program. Gain the expertise to navigate the complexities of this ever-changing landscape and become a trusted cannabis compliance expert.

In today’s cannabis industry, legal compliance poses a significant challenge for businesses of all sizes. That’s why the demand for skilled cannabis compliance professionals is soaring. Our program equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this high-demand field.

Through engaging case studies, informative video lectures, and practical assignments, you’ll delve into crucial topics such as navigating regulatory changes, implementing effective track and trace systems, preventing money laundering, and optimizing product utilization. This comprehensive approach ensures you gain a thorough understanding of the cannabis industry and its compliance requirements, empowering you to become a certified cannabis compliance professional.

Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University’s Professional and Continuing Education, validating your expertise. You’ll also earn a digital badge that showcases your skills and enhances your professional profile. Furthermore, you’ll be fully prepared to pursue the Certified Commercial Cannabis Professional (CCCP) designation through the esteemed Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts (ACCCE).

As an added bonus, when you enroll in this program, you’ll receive a one-year ACCCE membership. This grants you exclusive access to additional resources and training materials designed to deepen your understanding of the complexities and risks inherent in the commercial cannabis industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to excel in the field of cannabis compliance. Enroll today and position yourself as a trusted authority in this rapidly expanding industry.


We offer new course start dates around every 6-8 weeks. No matter which certificate you choose to enroll into, all programs will begin on one of the following dates: 
    • Sep 9, 2024
    • Nov 4, 2024

Students should expect to dedicate around six hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

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

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3 Units 

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

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$2,950 $2,750

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

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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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.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022



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


100% Online | No Prerequisites 

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Learn From Industry Pioneers

Discover the secrets of the booming 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, hone your skills, and achieve your cannabis career goals.

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 ten 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 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 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
  • 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


Become an in-demand cannabis compliance professional.

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