Did you know that species all around the world are becoming extinct 1,000 to 10,000 times of their natural rate? According to leading experts in the field of illegal wildlife trade, we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. Habitat loss and fragmentation, deforestation, human-wildlife conflicts, wars, and climate change are among the major factors for this decline in biodiversity. Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking are also among the major causes that lead to the extinction of various species. For example, between 2010 and 2015, the poaching of Rhinos for their horn increased by almost 8,000% in South Africa.

In this Certificate Program, you will acquire relevant skills and knowledge about this illegal wildlife trade and how to counter it. This course focuses on the convergence of illegal wildlife trade with financial crimes like corruption, money laundering, and terrorist financing.

This Certificate Program will also shed some light on several important red flags related to identifying the illegal wildlife trade. In addition, this course discusses anti-financial crime programs and methods of anti-money laundering (AML) or combating terrorist financing (CTF) to the extent that they are concerned with illegal wildlife trade.

This course is officially awarded under an exclusive partnership with the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM) — A unique opportunity to receive a dual certificate from a business school. Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded the "Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade", issued b


Program Overview

  • Learning Objectives
    • IllegfalUnderstand the illegal wildlife trade and how it differentiates from the legal wildlife trade
    • Explain how the illegal wildlife trade works in practice
    • Comprehend illegal wildlife trade examples
    • Learn from where illegal wildlife products typically originate as well as where and how they are used
    • Understand financial crimes, including money laundering, terrorist financing as well as bribery and corruption in the context of illegal wildlife trade.
    • Explain how money laundering, terrorist financing as well as bribery and corruption are connected to the illegal wildlife trade (with examples).
    • Identify key anti-financial crime compliance concepts to countering illegal wildlife trade in practice.
    • Learn about the risk-based approach (RBA), policies/procedures, suspicious activity reports (RBA), etc.
    •  Identify critical red flags that may serve to identify illegal wildlife trade activities.
  • Target Audience
    • Professionals that want to acquire and demonstrate specialized knowledge in the illegal wildlife trade.
    • Professionals that want to increase their value through a better understanding of anti-financial crime, specifically illegal wildlife trade.
    • Professionals that want to build a comprehensive anti-financial crime, anti-money laundering, and countering illegal wildlife trade knowledge.
    • Career starters and students that want to get an edge in anti-financial crime and compliance.
  • Requirements

    For participating in this Certificate Program, you will need an electronic device with online video-viewing capabilities (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc.). You will need no previous knowledge in compliance or anti-financial crime, although this is helpful. A background in business, legal, or finance might also be beneficial but is not required.

  • Teaching Method

    This course is presented entirely online. Modules can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded the "Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade" by the Financial Crime Academy and the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM).

Tangible Career Impact

If you are just starting out and want to acquire foundational knowledge, or you have in the industry for years and want to polish your skills, this Certificate Program is for you. Accelerate your compliance and anti-financial crime career with this Certificate Program!

  • Accelerate your compliance career by acquiring in-demand skills.

  • Increase your knowledge and prepare for financial crime risks in a professional environment.

  • Obtain the Certificate to improve your resumé and get access to stellar opportunities.

Is This Program For You?

Completing this course demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional development and dedication to effectively safeguard organizations against financial crime risk. The average study time for this course is one to two weeks, but can be completed sooner depending on your pace. The successful completion is awarded the Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade issued by Financial Crime Academy and Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

What You Will Get From This Course

  • In-Demand Skills

    Gain the relevant knowledge to ensure that you are supporting your firm and progressing your career.

  • Career Credential

    Get a business school certificate with Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

  • Flexibility

    Study on-demand and at your own pace, regardless of where you are in the world.

  • Community

    Get access to our exclusive LinkedIn group with 1,000+ like-minded professionals and experts.

  • Course Material

    Download supplementary course material such as the comprehensive course study guide.

  • Quiz Questions

    Test your knowledge with multiple-choice questions and determine which skills you have mastered!

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