Our world is becoming more and more complex. Organizations face new circumstances almost every other day. These days, the success and survival of any organization are increasingly dependent on strong governance structures and internal control systems, which support the management of an organization to achieve its objectives, align the organization’s direction and establish effective processes. This certificate program is designed to provide you with a solid understanding and practical knowledge of the core concepts, principles, and importance of a robust internal control system.

In this Certificate Program, you will acquire knowledge about the core concepts, principles, and practices related to internal controls structure developed and implemented in an organization. Key risk management concepts are also covered in this Certificate Program.

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.


Program Overview

  • Learning Objectives
    • Understand risk management and internal controls 
    • Identify different internal controls and their components 
    • Recognize what internal controls can and cannot do 
    • Understand the three lines of defense model 
    • Differentiate between entity-level controls and activity-level controls 
    • Learn how to build a framework for internal controls 
    • Understand costs and benefits of internal controls 
    • Learn how to identify, measure, and manage risks 
    • Learn about the risk management framework
  • Target Audience
    • Professionals wanting to acquire and demonstrate specialized knowledge in risk management and internal controls 
    • Professionals wanting to increase their value through a better understanding of practical risk management methods such as internal controls 
    • Professionals wanting to build a comprehensive knowledge in risk management and internal controls 
    • Career starters and students wanting to get an edge in risk management, internal controls, and compliance overall
  • 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 Internal Controls and Risk Management" 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 or risk management 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.

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Is This Program For You?

Completing this Certificate Program demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional development and dedication to effective risk management through internal controls. The average study time for this Certificate Program is one to two weeks, but can be completed sooner depending on your pace. The successful completion is awarded the Certificate in Internal Controls and Risk Management 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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