Top 10 Risk and Compliance Courses You Can Audit For Free

Risk and Compliance courses cut cross many disciplines, and basically cover courses designed to mitigate risks, and ensure that professionals conduct themselves in a manner that ensures the smooth running of their organizations, based on laws and policies set for that purpose.

Environmental Management & Ethics

Environmental Management & Ethics is a Physical Science and Engineering course offered by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). It is taught in English for 12 hours spread over 4 weeks. Decision makers require the help of scientists and engineers in navigating through complex challenges posed by the environment, health, and society. This course is designed to meet whatever demands and requests, current and future decision makers might have; help participants analyze ethical challenges linked to environmental issues; and also aid in the application of different decision making tools associated with environmental management and regulation.

GRC Approach to Managing Cybersecurity

GRC Approach to Managing Cybersecurity is course 2 of 5 in the Managing Cybersecurity Specialization program offered by the University System of Georgia. It is taught in English using videos, quizzes and readings. Learn all about managing risk, especially to valued information assets of an organization; examine roles of governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) in the process of cybersecurity management; learn key roles of policies, administration, and planning of technologies in supporting the protection of assets; and discuss the importance of performance measures in assessment and improvement of GRC programs. Gain skills in Cybersecurity planning; Cybersecurity performance measurement; Risk identification; and Risk treatment.

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations is a beginner level course offered by the University of Lausanne. It is taught in English, with subtitles in English and German. No prerequisite for this course which focuses on teaching how to protect one’s self and organization from narrow frames and strong contexts determined to push you towards unethical decisions. Participants will be empowered to analyze the risks of unethical behaviours, drawing from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as analysis of some prominent organizational scandals in recent time, all which will be used in creating an intervention. Gain skills in Psychology; Mindfulness; Decision-Making; and Utility.

Privacy Law Data Protection

Privacy Law Data Protection is course 3 of 4 in the Regulatory Compliance Specialization offered by University of Pennsylvania. It’s taught in English for about 12 hours, using online videos, readings and quizzes. There’s a need to look into the practical aspects of navigating the privacy requirements landscape, in order to understand privacy laws and data protection. Participants will look into historical contexts, then which sectors of the US are unregulated for privacy laws. Participants will learn methods for protecting privacy using the Fair Information Principles, and how to identify strategies for managing compliance issues associated with privacy laws. Gain skills in Information Privacy; Risk Management; Data Management; and Privacy Compliance.

What is Corruption: Anti-corruption and Compliance

What is Corruption: Anti-corruption and Compliance is Ccourse 4 of 4 in the Regulatory Compliance Specialization offered by University of Pennsylvania. Instructions are passed in English, with subtitles in English and Ukrainian. Many of us understand paying someone for a favour, such as tipping a service provider, but what happens when that line crosses into bribery eg., offering a “gift” to a government official in exchange for a policy waiver? In this course, participants will look into corruption and anti-corruption laws such as the UK bribery act, the U.S. Foreign corrupt practices Act, and others in place to ensure the citizens comply; as well as corruption markers and practical methods to prevent corruption in an organization. Gain skills in Risk Management; Operations Management; Corruption; and Strategic Planning.

Identifying, Monitoring, and Analyzing Risk and Incident Response and Recovery

Identifying, Monitoring, and Analyzing Risk and Incident Response and Recovery is course 3 of 6 in the (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). It is a beginner level course taught in English. This course is divided into two sessions. Risk Identification, Monitoring and Analysis is the first, and teaches participants how to measure and control losses linked to adverse occurences. They’ll learn to analyze and evaluate necessary safeguards for mitigating risks; how to collect information, and methods used in identifying security events, and taking appropriate actions. The second session, Incident Response and Recovery, deals with approaches used in handling incidents. These processes include data integrity and preservation, damage recovery etc. Explore the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) concepts and their use in emergency responses.

Risk Management for Projects

Risk Management for Projects is a Business & Management course offered by the University of Adelaide. It is taught in English for 5 weeks, with a weekly effort of 2-3 hours. This practical course exposes you to the best approaches in risk management. Risk management covers steps such as identification, assessment and analysis of potential adverse events, thus helping you respond appropriately. Participants will learn the basics, and application in a project-based setting; design and strategies employed in reporting and communicating risks to stakeholders; and how to use the risk management canvas in managing risks within their environmen, thus minimizing negative impacts, and maximizing opportunities.

FinTech Ethics and Risks

FinTech Ethics and Risks is an Economics & Finance course that forms part of the professional certificate, HKUx’s FinTech offered by the University of Hong Kong. The course will last for 6 weeks, with a weekly effort of 1-5 hours. It’s taught in English, with subtitles in English and Chinese. Just like everything else, FinTech has its advantages and disadvantages. This course  teaches regulation and use of block chain, AI and FinTech solutions without impacting the society negatively. A number of questions will be used in deciding the way forward eg.,  Why should we adopt FinTech solutions, and what are the best ways to introduce disruptive technologies? How does blockchain technology change the way we provide financial services, and how should this be governed?  As Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developed and adopted, will human biases and prejudices be built into such mechanisms?

Climate Science and Policy

Climate Science and Policy is an Engineering course which forms part of the professional certificate, UQx’s Sustainable Energy offered by the University of Queensland. It’s a 14-week course, requiring a weekly effort of 10-12 hours, and is English-taught. Two prerequisites for this course include advanced English skills, and ability to carry out simple mathematical operations. Have you ever wondered how large exactly the issue of climate change is, as well as the role of policy in making a change towards low carbon energy supply? Learn ways by which humans impact the climate system; future scenarios of climate change and potential risks; approaches and limits to adaptation; and also develop skills in scenario planning.

Construction Ethics and Compliance

Construction Ethics and Compliance is a Business & Management offered by Chartered Institute Of Building (CIOB) Academy. The duration is for 5 weeks, with 2 hours weekly. This course is open to everyone involved in construction, and will be helpful in learning how to stay within the ethical, professional and compliant confines of the construction industry. Participants will learn about the roles of ethics and compliance in their industry; importance of policies in the construction industry and their relation to legal requirements; apply their company’s policy to a real life case study; identify conflicts of interest, and how best to minimize risk. Other topics include ethical leadership, impact of behaviour on ethical decision making, values in a global context, and methods for ethical decisions and dilemmas.

All the courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.