Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade

Enroll in the Certificate in Countering Illegal Wildlife Trade and take your Anti-Financial Crime Career to the next level!

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Course Description

We are currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction, according to top authorities on illegal wildlife trade (IWT). The main causes of this decline in biodiversity are habitat loss and fragmentation, deforestation, conflicts between people and wildlife, wars, and climate change. Other significant factors contributing to the extinction of certain species are poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.

The aim of this course is to broaden understanding of the threats that IWT poses to sustainable development and clean business. It provides relevant information, statistics and background knowledge to help enhance policies and processes aimed at curbing IWT and associated risks. The focus is on financial crimes and supply chain vulnerabilities that facilitate the illegal trade in wildlife and thereby increase companies’ legal, financial and reputational risks.

Course participants of this certificate will gain the knowledge necessary to identify, report, mitigate and remedy the risks associated with each stage of the illegal wildlife supply chain, including guidance on how to uncover shell companies and import-export schemes associated with IWT.

This certificate program is a specialist training that includes four modules on wildlife trafficking, illegal wildlife trading, and poaching. It also covers techniques to stop such crimes, including money laundering, terrorism financing, bribery, and corruption in the illicit wildlife trade.

What You Will Get From This Course

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Career Credential

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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!

Course 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.


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 Curriculum

Introduction to the Program

  • Introduction to the Program

Module 1: Introduction to Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching

  • Introduction to This Module
  • 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?
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 2: How Wildlife is Illegally Trafficked

  • Introduction to This Module
  • The Exploitation of Legitimate Transportation Routes
  • The Role of Transportation Systems in Illegal Wildlife Trade
  • Selected High-Value Species and Hotspots in Illegal Wildlife Trade
  • Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 3: Financial Crimes in Illegal Wildlife Trade – Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Bribery & Corruption

  • Financing, Bribery & Corruption
  • Introduction to This Module
  • Financial Crimes Related to Illegal Wildlife Trade
  • Money Laundering: Definition and Process
  • Money Laundering: Relation to Illegal Wildlife Trade and Examples
  • Terrorist Financing: Definition and Process
  • Terrorist Financing: Relation to Illegal Wildlife Trade and Examples
  • Bribery and Corruption: Definition and Process
  • Bribery and Corruption: Relation to Illegal Wildlife Trade and Examples
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Module 4: Impact of Illegal Wildlife Trade on AFC/AML Compliance

  • Introduction to This Module
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade – Why should Organizations bother?
  • Key Organizational Risks related to Illegal Wildlife Trade
  • Overarching Risk Prevention and Mitigation Measures
  • General Risk Indicators Suggesting Illegal Wildlife Trade and/or Money Laundering
  • Wildlife Trade Risk Indicators Specific to Financial Institutions
  • Dealing With Suspicious Behavior and Filing Suspicious Activity Reports
  • Module Summary
  • Multiple Choice Quiz

Final Assessment

  • Final Assessment

Completing the Program

  • Completing the Program

Certification Track

Complete all courses of the certification track to become a Certified Anti-Financial Crime Professional (CFCP).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to take the courses?

All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, a smartphone or table, and a stable internet connection.

Can I download course files and resources for the course?

Absolutely! All the files (including study guide, audiobook, course slides, etc.) in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows the files within a course.

How long do I have to complete the courses?

You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines.

Are there any additional fees or costs?

None! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification.

What currency are your courses priced in?

All our online courses are priced in USD. As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

How do I earn my certificates?

Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 60% passing grade.

How are the exams conducted?

Students are required to complete an online assessment (mostly multiple choice questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 60% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I email the instructor if I have questions?

While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries.

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