Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade

Enroll in the Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWFT) Program and take your Anti-Financial Crime and Compliance Career to the next level!

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Course Description

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. Wildlife crime is a big business. Run by dangerous international networks, wildlife and animal parts are trafficked much like illegal drugs and arms. By its very nature, it is almost impossible to obtain reliable figures for the value of the illegal wildlife trade. For example, between 2010 and 2015, the poaching of Rhinos for their horn increased by almost 8,000% in South Africa.

Some examples of illegal wildlife trade are well known, such as poaching of elephants for ivory and tigers for their skins and bones. However, countless other species are similarly overexploited, from marine turtles to timber trees. 

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.

Program Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Understand 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.

LEARNING METHOD

This Certification Program 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 Certification Programs.

Course Structure

  • Module 1

  • Module 2

  • Module 3

  • Module 4

Introduction to Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching 

  • What is Illegal Wildlife Trade? What is Poaching?
  • What is Legal Wildlife Trade?
  • What are (Illegal) Wildlife Products used for?
  • Causes of Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
  • Consequences of Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
  • What are the Main Drivers of the Illegal Wildlife Trade?

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 certificate from the FCA Financial Crime Academy and SSBM Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

Flexibility

Study on-demand and at your own time and pace, regardless of where you are in the world with this flexible online course.

GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Get access to our exclusive LinkedIn group with 1,500+ 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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If you have been in the industry for years and want to polish your skills, or if you are just starting out and want to acquire comprehensive knowledge, this online training is for you. Accelerate your corporate risk management, compliance, and anti-financial crime career by acquiring in-demand skills with this on-demand training!

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Increase your knowledge and learn to effectively mitigate the risk of illegal wildlife trade in a corporate AFC compliance environment.

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Upon successful completion of the program, course participants will be awarded the Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade by the Financial Crime Academy and the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva.

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This Training is steered by the global FCA Advisory Board to ensure Educational Quality and Practical Relevance for Program Participants.

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Salih is a seasoned internal auditor and experienced fraud examiner with over 20+ years of professional experience. He has a wide range of industry experience including textile, iron and steel, petroleum, construction, FMCG, and retail industry. Salih has extensive experience in fields such as internal audit, risk management, internal controls, business process improvement, and organizational analysis.

Salih Ahmed Islam, CIA - Group Internal Auditor, Group Rocher

Anna has 10+ years of experience in communications and is a specialist at YouControl Academy — which has already educated more than 12,000 people around the world and is a cooperation partner of the Financial Crime Academy. Previously, Anna has worked in the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, educating people on the importance of establishing democratic values in Ukraine.

Anna Opanasenko - Academy Manager, YouControl

Omer is an experienced senior auditor with a demonstrated history of working in the finance industry in the MENA region. Omer has worked for several of the "Big 4" accounting firms on matters of internal audit, external audit, corporate investigations, and others.

Omer Yousuf, ACCA, CAF - Audit Specialist, EY

Usman is an experienced compliance and risk management professional. In the past, he worked on projects related to regulatory compliance, risk management, finance, and internal audit. Usman specializes, in particular, in regulatory compliance, risk management, internal audit, policies and procedures, and SOP development.

Usman Zuberi - Senior Compliance Expert

Christiaan is a jurist, compliance counsel, and anti-financial crime specialist. Christiaan is uniquely experienced in international banking and in the dynamic global FinTech space across multiple jurisdictions.

Christiaan Vorster, CAMS - AFC Consultant, AlixPartners

Ahsan is an experienced Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) expert. Currently, Ahsan is responsible for matters of operational AML compliance and governance, working for a Canadian multinational banking and financial services company. He also holds an MBA degree and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Ahsan Habib, MBA, CAMS - Senior Analyst, Scotiabank

Mario has over 20 years of professional experience in various senior management positions, working for several international corporations. Mario holds an MBA and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen. His research motivation focuses on the fields of information security, open-source software, and mobile. He is currently the Academic Director at the Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva (SSBM) and Postdoc at the University of St. Gallen.

Mario Silic, PhD, MBA - Academic Director, SSBM Geneva

William is a seasoned researcher at the Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute, where he works to find solutions surrounding the global poaching crisis. William is highly skilled in analysis, feature engineering, and machine learning, which he leverages to analyze anti-poaching/wildlife trafficking and the convergence with transnational crime and global terror.

William Adams - Researcher, Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute

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Are there any homework assignments?

There are no formally required homework assignments, although it is recommended that you repeat relevant study materials at your own pace.

Do I have to take an exam or a test?

You don't have to take an exam or test as part of this online training. You are, however, required to complete several multiple-choice questions as part of the course. The number of attempts is unlimited.

When will I get my Certificate? Does it expire?

You will get your official Certificate after you have completed all lessons of this course. The Certificate does not expire.

Who can attend? Are there prerequisites?

Prerequisites are rare and are identified in the syllabus for each course. Most courses start with the “Essentials” and work up to just the right depth for staff at all levels to apply to your specific programs and systems.

What is this course like?

This course is a self-paced video course that is structured in individual modules. The course also comprises multiple choice questions and you can complete the entire content at your own pace.

Is the course appropriate for my country/region?

The course is written and presented by subject matter experts working around the world. It pulls examples from many countries and is globally appropriate.

Is the course appropriate for my industry?

Yes, the lessons and examples are relevant to any industry.

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On a Final Note

At Financial Crime Academy, we believe that education is the key to solving every challenge in the world. This is true especially for corporate risk management, compliance, and anti-financial crime. We are dedicated to delivering applicable educational programs to improve the knowledge, skills, and careers of professionals working in relevant functions. Altogether, I am certain that we can make a difference – Fighting financial crime with online education.