Certifications

ACCCE is the international gold standard in commercial cannabis risk management certification.

Certified Commercial Cannabis Professional (CCCP)

ACCCE CCCE Certificate

The CCCP is for entry-level risk professionals who are considering the cannabis industry or entry-level professionals from the cannabis industry who are considering risk management.

The CCCP exam will assess your knowledge of a narrower range of concepts from ACCCE’s Commercial Cannabis Handbook than the CCCE.

Available end 2020.

Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (CCCE)

ACCCE CCCE Certificate

The CCCE is for members who have risk management and/or commercial cannabis industry experience.

The CCCE exam assess commercial cannabis industry knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of risk management practices that are covered in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook. The CCCE exam requires the ability to apply these concepts to specific situations in the commercial cannabis industry. 

These certifications demonstrate your knowledge of the Cannabis Risk Management Framework, risk assessment principles, risk issues, and best practices. Members who hold ACCCE certifications are recognized for making a serious commitment to promoting public safety and reducing public harm.

Benefits of Certification

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Advance Your Career

ACCCE certification provides documented evidence of your expertise and experience, demonstrating a high level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism. In addition, the continuing education requirements focus on tactical and strategic skills to ensure the continued value of the certification.

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Enhance Marketability and Job Security

When you earn ACCCE certification, current and future employers will recognize your commitment to the industry and view you as an asset to any commercial cannabis business. As a certified member, ACCCE will provide you with knowledge of current trends and developments, including an understanding of key risk areas in your business and that of your suppliers and vendors. 

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Gain Professional Visibility and Credibility

ACCCE offers you opportunities to showcase your knowledge and thought leadership by regularly highlighting your published articles, webinars, and speaking events.

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 Additional Benefits

In addition, ACCCE certification provides you with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Expertise in the Cannabis Risk Management Framework
  • Knowledge of global commercial cannabis risk management best practices
  • Understanding of key risks in your business and that of your vendors   
  • Ability to identify red flags of risk events   
  • The tools and knowledge to create a risk-based strategy for mitigating high priority risks
  • Ability to identify the most efficient and effective risk mitigator when limited resources are available

How to Get Certified

The path to gaining your ACCCE certification is simple.

Certification Step 1

Join ACCCE

Be a part of an international community of like-minded commercial cannabis professionals. Get started by registering for membership and certification.

Certification Step 2

Submit your application

Are you eligible to take the CCCE? You will need 40 qualifying credits to become a Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert. Check your eligibility and then apply via our member dashboard.

Certification Step 3

Study, then take the exam

Use ACCCE’s Commercial Cannabis Handbook and Exam Prep tools to prepare for the CCCE. Our Study Guide details what is involved in the exam and what to expect. Take the exam online from the comfort of your own home.

Certification Resources

Our members have access to ACCCE’s Commercial Cannabis Handbook as well as Exam Prep material to help prepare for the certification exam.

Commercial Cannabis Handbook

Commercial Cannabis Handbook

Our members are provided with access to the Commercial Cannabis Handbook, an extensive repository of knowledge and insight into the commercial cannabis industry. The Commercial Cannabis Handbook offers the tools necessary to identify and manage the risks commonly encountered by businesses within the industry.

All certification exam questions are based on the content discussed in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook.

Exam Prep

Exam Prep Learning Path

ACCCE’s Exam Prep offers a focused learning experience pathway to certification. Exclusive member resources provide a deeper understanding of major concepts covered in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook, familiarize you with the exam itself, and teach you smart and efficient techniques to prepare you for the exam.

Exam Prep material includes:

  • a Study Guide that helps you prepare for the exam and directs you to the most relevant content in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook
  • Exam Prep Videos that provide you access to overviews of the Breakdown of Commercial Cannabis Industry, Cannabis Risk Management Framework and Risk Assessment.
  • Study Calendars to help you organize study time for the certification exam.
  • Exam Readiness Checklist to help you gauge your exam readiness.

Certification Fees

Explore ACCCE’s membership and certification options.

Please note that membership is needed to become certified.

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  • ACCCE's Commercial Cannabis Handbook is the body of knowledge for the commercial cannabis business expert, providing comprehensive guidance for risk management.Commercial Cannabis Handbook
  • Discounts on webinars, paid resources, etc.
  • Membership includes complimentary access to articles and case studies. Certification includes additional job aids, templates, and guides.Industry specific educational materials
  • Membership includes access to the Commercial Cannabis Handbook. Certification includes additional templates with guidance materials.Risk management tools
  • Thought Leadership is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded. Membership includes access to cutting-edge articles by thought leaders. Certification allows memebrs to contribute to ACCCE's Commercial Cannabis Handbook and other resources.Risk management thought leadership
  • Networking opportunities include connecting through online communities and social media groups as well as, bringing people together at physical locations for training, conferences, and local meetups.Networking opportunities
  • A risk management framework is a recognized approach for managing risks across an organization by implementing effective internal controls including Control Environment, Risk Assessment, Control Activities, Information and Communication, and Monitoring Activities.In-depth understanding of the Cannabis Risk Management Framework
  • CCCE Certification

  • $1,195 USD
  • Exclusive certified member opportunities
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  • Membership + CCCE Certification

    $100 Membership + $1,195 CCCE
    - $95 Bundle Savings = $1,200

  • $1,200 USD
  • Exclusive certified member opportunities
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Certification FAQs

What is ACCCE?

Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts (“ACCCE”) is the international association for professional development and certification in the commercial cannabis industry. ACCCE is the premier provider of education in commercial cannabis industry risk management best practices.

Can I earn my certification without being a member?

No. You will need to sign up to be a member to complete the certification. Please click here to register for your membership and certification.

How much does it cost to become certified?

ACCCE’s Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (“CCCE”) certification costs $1,195 USD when adding on to an existing membership. However, you can save by bundling and purchasing membership and CCCE certification together!  Learn more about ACCCE’s certification fees and any current discounts we may be offering.

Are there any eligibility requirements to become certified?

Yes, after purchasing certification, you must apply with ACCCE to determine if you are eligible to take the CCCE Examination. Learn more about Eligibility Requirements.

How do I become certified?

To become certified, you will need to demonstrate proficiency on the various topics around cannabis and risk management detailed in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook. After reading the relevant sections, you will be required to take a test to demonstrate your grasp on the concepts. To pass the examination, you must achieve a score of 80% or more. Find out more about certification with ACCCE.

How long is the certification valid?

Your certification will remain valid as long as your membership stays in good standing and you complete the required continuing education credits.

Why should I become certified?

Certification from ACCCE demonstrates to employers, clients, and others in the commercial cannabis industry that you have a deep expertise in the commercial cannabis industry and managing the unique risks associated with a commercial cannabis business. Many members find that they are better able to fulfill their board of director functions, execute their management responsibilities, and advise others on risk management techniques and business opportunities. Find out more about certification with ACCCE.

How are ACCCE’s certifications different from other cannabis certifications?

Certified Commercial Cannabis certification is the only international certification currently available for cannabis risk management. Learn more about ACCCE’s benefits of certification.

What are the different types of certification?

ACCCE currently offers the Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (“CCCE”) and will be offering the Certified Commercial Cannabis Professional (“CCCP”) Certification in mid-2020. The CCCE examination tests on commercial cannabis industry knowledge and a comprehensive understanding and application of risk management practices covered in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook.

The CCCP examination tests on commercial cannabis industry knowledge and a proficient understanding of risk management covered in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook.  All members are eligible to earn their CCCP.

Find out more about certification with ACCCE.

Where do I take the CCCE or CCCP examination?

The CCCE and CCCP examinations are taken online at your own time, accessed through the member dashboard.

Who was involved in the development of the Commercial Cannabis Handbook?

ACCCE drew on its network of commercial cannabis experts in risk management during the development of the Commercial Cannabis Handbook. In addition, ACCCE’s educational advisory board, which includes commercial cannabis risk management experts from a variety of professional backgrounds, reviews and approves the Commercial Cannabis Handbook.