Why Compliance

Corporate Compliance is a career in demand. According to the article “The Hottest Job in America: Compliance Officer” from the Wall Street Journal, “The number of compliance officers and salaries are rising…hefty fines and other penalties have jolted companies, especially banks, into a compliance hiring spree, as governments at home and abroad tighten business laws and regulations and ramp up their enforcement activity.”

Another Wall Street Journal article “Compliance Officers with Certification Are Paid More” explains, “Compliance professionals with the title of assistant or specialist and holding CCEP certification made on average 11% more than their peers without it. Compliance professionals with the title of director or manager who have earned the CCEP certification earn on average 22% more than those who don’t have that certification.”

About the Program

Charlotte School of Law offers a fully online Corporate Compliance Certificate Program. The program prepares graduates for the CCEP (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional) exam. Completion of a Compliance Certification Board (CCB) accredited academic program is the only way for a person with no prior work experience in compliance to sit for a CCB certification examination.

The program provides a certificate needed for a career in compliance. The compliance field has opportunities for recent or experienced college graduates looking for career advancement. Law graduates also may advance in compliance, particularly individuals who hope to work in financial and securities sectors.

This program is a cost-effective and time-efficient route to a career that is in demand across various industries and specialty areas.

Why Choose Charlotte

Charlotte School of Law’s J.D. program is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Our rigorous curriculum has been created to ensure that students are equipped with the practical skills that will allow them to thrive in a professional setting.

The faculty for the Compliance Certificate Program are members of the Charlotte School of Law faculty and compliance directors or consultants in Charlotte. The city of Charlotte has been named one of the 10 fastest growing U.S. cities by CNNMoney, and is a major U.S. financial center. As the second largest banking center in the U.S., Charlotte serves as headquarters for the nation’s second largest financial institution by assets, Bank of America. Charlotte also serves as the headquarters for Wells Fargo’s capital markets activities including sales and trading, equity research, and investment banking. There are eight Fortune 500 corporations in the Charlotte metropolitan area including Bank of America, Lowe’s, Nucor, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Family Dollar, SPX Corporation, and Domtar.

The presence of the financial sector and Fortune 500 corporations in Charlotte gives our students access to some of the very best real-world corporate compliance professionals in the industry. The unique opportunity to learn and network with these leaders allows students to reap the benefits as these faculty members draw on their own real-world experience during their lectures.


The Program has the distinction of being accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) ®, and successful completion of the Program qualifies graduates to sit for any of the CCB’s basic compliance certification exams*, including the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)® exam.

*Graduates completing this approved program have two years from their noted completion date to sit for one of CCB’s basic compliance certification exams via the “Student” option, and one-year from their noted completion date to use the continuing education from this program to fulfill the CEU requirement.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree with a requisite level of success;
  • Submitted an online application through the Charlotte website, include uploads for
    • personal essay
    • resume
    • photo
    • character and fitness (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate degree programs that the applicant was or is enrolled in;
  • Non-U.S. citizens who have not obtained a prior degree in the United States or in a country in which English is an official language, must have a TOEFL score to demonstrate English proficiency;
  • Recognition of Foreign Education Qualification. All international education credentials should be translated and evaluated for U.S. education qualification equivalency. Prospective students may go through a Credential Evaluation Service. (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html)

What is the Cost of the Program?

The tuition for the Charlotte School of Law Corporate Compliance Certificate is $500 per credit hour.
  • The non-lawyer track is 18 credit hours; the JD/Lawyer track is 15 credit hours.
  • Tuition does not include textbooks or the cost of examination fees with ProctorU.
  • Students pay half of the tuition prior to the start of the program and half at the mid-point date of the program.
We offer payment plans to assist with paying your bill in full. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts at cslfinance@charlottelaw.edu for more information.

Funding Sources

Charlotte School of Law’s Corporate Compliance Certificate Program (CCP) will not approve or certify loan amounts that are greater than the amount of the tuition.

Loan Options

  • PNC Bank - You can apply for a private PNC Solution Loan through PNC Bank for up to the cost of tuition of $5,500. For graduate or professional students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program.  Contact PNC Bank at 1-800-762-1001 or visit their website.

  • Local Bank - Your local bank may offer various loan options or a line of credit.  Contact your bank to learn more about their financing options

Federal Options

  • AmeriCorps Education Award - Available only for AmeriCorps members. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at1-800-942-2677 or visit their website.

  • Montgomery G.I. Bill (VA) - Educational assistance is available to those who qualify under the conditions set forth by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Students may contact 1-888-GIBILL (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor or visit their website.  Students who qualify for funding through the VA should apply and contact the Office of Professional Education and the Financial Aid Office informing them that you qualify for this funding option.

  • *Other funding sources may be approved. Please contact the Office of Professional Education if you have a question about a funding source.



Compliance Professional Scholarship
To apply for the Compliance Professional Scholarship you must also submit an application for admission and enroll in the upcoming term to receive the award amount. If selected, Charlotte School of Law will award a limited number of scholarships in the amount of up to $1000 (restrictions apply). Funds will be directly applied to your Compliance Program's tuition balance. Visit Compliance Professional Scholarship to apply*Other funding sources may be approved. Please contact the Office of Professional Education at 704.808.8030 if you have a question about a funding source.

How will the Courses be Offered?

Courses, including lectures, office hours, and examinations, are offered entirely online. The courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, so that students can progress at their own pace. The program can be completed in 18 weeks or up to one year to accommodate busy working professionals.

The program consists of seven courses for non-lawyers and five for lawyers and law students. All courses are required.

Lawyers do not take the two introductory courses in Module One. Non-Lawyers are required to take all of the Module One courses.

The curriculum covers the subject matter tested on the CCEP exam. Faculty would include Charlotte law professors and other leading experts and business people working in compliance.

What are the Courses?

Module One:

  1. Introduction to the U.S. Legal System: Students will learn the core principles of the U.S. legal system. The course will include introductory content on the U.S. Constitution, federalism, the federal and state court systems, civil procedure, contract and tort law, the common law system, and federal administrative law.
  2. Introduction to Corporations: This course will provide a broad survey of corporation law and includes topics such as the formation of corporations, corporate governance, shareholder rights, and basic financial and accounting concepts.
  3. Designing and Implementing a Compliance Program: This course covers the law and practice of designing and implementing an effective corporate compliance and ethics program. It focuses upon the development of compliance and ethics policies, procedures, and practices within an organization that designed to prevent and detect wrongdoing and to foster an ethical corporate culture.

Module Two:

  1. Compliance Communication, Education and Training: Students will learn how to set up organizational communication and training processes designed to educate employees and agents about the organization’s values and legal responsibilities. The course will contain case studies of corporate compliance training programs and will identify best practices.
  2. Auditing and Monitoring: The purpose of this course is to cover the implementation of auditing and monitoring processes within an organization. Topics include the establishment of reporting systems, maintenance of confidentiality, analysis of audit reports, and procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of compliance policies and procedures on an ongoing basis.

Module Three:

  1. Investigation and Response: This course covers the process for investigating potential violations of an organizations compliance policy and the implementation of disciplinary procedures.
  2. Risk Assessment Methodologies: Students will learn risk assessment methodologies, the means of establishing risk assessment processes within the organization, and prioritization of risks. The course will be taught with emphasis on case studies and established best practices.

E-Learning Technology

The Program is administered entirely online, employing the following e-learning technology
  • Desire2Learn (D2L): All course material is housed on D2L. Students link to the site through the Charlotte website. An orientation will be provided to students. Faculty monitor course activity to ensure a high level of interactivity. The department of academic and information technology troubleshoot technical problems and provide information and updates regarding scheduled maintenance of the D2L website.
  • Blackboard Collaborate v12.5: Live office hours are conducted in Blackboard Collaborate v12.5, a videoconferencing platform. Orientation to Blackboard Collaborate is provided for students. The department of academic and information technology troubleshoot technical problems and provide information about Java updates and other technical information as needed.
  • ProctorU: ProctorU allows students and test takers to take exams from any comfortable location. Forget complicated software or robots! Our service connects students to a real person they can see and hear. This person walks students through the exam process and helps them if they run into problems.
  • Library Access: Charlotte will provide students with access to its library’s electronic databases.

Who are the Faculty?

  • Anderson, Peter C. [Principal, Beveridge & Diamond]
  • Baez, H. Beau [Professor of Law, CSL]
  • Best, Emma [Director of Cooperative Legal Education Program and Assistant Professor, CSL]
  • Colling, M. Beth VP & Chief Compliance Officer, [CDM Smith, Inc.]
  • Rowe, Susan [Director of Legal Writing and Research and Associate Professor, CSL]

What do I need to Graduate from the Certificate Program?

Successful completion of required coursework track (18 or 15 credit hour track).
  • Grades: A grade of at least 80 percent in the three courses in Module One is required before students may take any other course in the program.  In order to remain in good standing and graduate from the program a, students must maintain a B (at least 80%) average.
  • Attendance: Because the schedule is so accommodating, no absence from class is permitted. A student may not pass a course without attending every class period on the educational portal and participating in all mandatory discussion and assignment activities as set forth in the course syllabus.
  • If any of the above are not met, students are able to retake a course during its next offering, at the per credit hour fee

What Happens After I Successfully Complete the Program?

Upon successful completion students will:
  • Receive a certificate of completion and graduation packet in the mail;
  • Compliance Certification Board (CCB) accreditation for the program qualifies graduates to sit for ANY or all of the CCB’s five exams.
  • CCEP – Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional
  • CHC – Certified in Healthcare Compliance
  • CHRC – Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance
  • CHPC – Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance
  • CCEP-I – Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International

Compliance Certification Board (CCB)

Since 1999 the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has developed criteria to determine competence in the practice of compliance and ethics across various industries and specialty areas, and recognizes individuals meeting these criteria through its compliance certification programs.
The purpose of certification is to promote compliance and ethics through the certification of qualified compliance professionals. Additionally, certification:
  • Enhances certificate holders’ credibility within their organizations and among their peers.
  • Encourages continued personal and professional growth in the practice of compliance and ethics.
  • Provides a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification.

Candidate Frequently Asked Questions

Visit www.compliancecertification.org for the most updated information
Q: Do I need to be an SCCE or HCCA member to become CCB certified?
Membership in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics or the Health Care Compliance Association is not required or necessary. An SCCE or HCCA membership is not necessary to attain, maintain or renew a CCB certification. SCCE and HCCA members do, however, receive discounts on CCB exam and renewal fees.
Q: What is the cost to take a CCB certification exam and to renew my certification?
The cost to apply for and take a CCB exam is $250 for SCCE or HCCA members, and $350 for non-members. The cost to renew a CCB certification is $100 for SCCE or HCCA members, and $200 for non-members. Additional fees may apply for candidates who need to reschedule an exam appointment or those who need additional services. For more information, see the “Certification fees” section.
Q: Should I become CCEP or CCEP-I certified?
CCB offers two similar compliance and ethics programs:
  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional–International (CCEP I)®
CCEP certification is geared toward compliance and ethics laws in the United States and is primarily for individuals who work within the U.S.
CCEP-I certification focuses on international compliance and ethics laws and is primarily for individuals who
work outside the U.S. or those who have international affiliates.
CCB recommends certification in both programs if you have a work presence in the United States and internationally.
Q: How long can I extend my CCB certification renewal period?
CCB certification holders have a 30-day grace period beyond the renewal month, which is the month in which he or she passed the exam. If additional time is needed to gain CEUs, candidates may extend the period by an additional 30 or 60 days by paying the monthly extension fee and completing the certification’s Renewal Extension Request form, which is located in the online “Forms” section in each CCB certification tab.
Individuals who need to use the grace or extension periods should note that their next renewal date will then be fewer than 24 months away, which will require accumulation of 40 CCB CEUs in a reduced time.
Q: How many CCB CEUs do I need to sit for an examination, or renew my certification?

For more information on how to earn CEUs toward your certification or renewal, see Step No. 2, “Earn and Submit CEUs” under each online certification section.

Exam-Related Questions

Q: Am I required to have compliance work experience in order to sit for a CCB exam?
Yes, in order to apply to sit for an exam, candidates must fulfill the work experience requirement.
Candidates must either be an “active” or “allied” compliance professional, or be a student who has successfully completed a certificate program from a CCB-accredited university.
An active compliance professional is someone who has at least one year in a full-time compliance
position; has at least 50 percent of his/her job duties relating to compliance; and has duties that
are directly related to those detailed in the exam’s “Detailed Content Outline.”
An allied compliance professional is someone who has at least 1,500 consecutive hours of work in a
compliance-related position, of which the hours have been obtained within the last two years; and has
job duties that are directly related to the exam’s “Detailed Content Outline.”
Additionally, students who have successfully completed a certificate program from a CCB-accredited university are exempt from the work experience requirement, and can apply to sit for a CCB certification exam, if it is taken within 12 months of successfully completing the CCB-accredited university program.
Q: Are there study guides for the CCB exams?
The exams are largely based on compliance work experience and therefore an official study guide is not
available for this exam.
However, CCB recommends candidates review the online information in the “Exam resources” sections
within each certification to help prepare for that specific exam, and review the specific certification’s
Candidate Handbook.
Q: What if I cannot take the exam at an SCCE or HCCA event or the event is too far away from my location?
Candidates do not need to attend an SCCE or HCCA event to take the exam. A computerized examination
is offered at AMP testing centers across the globe. To find an AMP testing center near you, including
international locations, go to www.goamp.com or go to one of the seven certifications listed on the CCB
website and then click on “Five steps to certification” and then “Schedule your exam.”
Q: What conferences and events offer CCB exams as part of the event?
  • The CHC exam is offered at the following HCCA events: Compliance Institute, Fraud and Compliance Forum, Managed Care Compliance Conference and all Basic Compliance Academies.
  • The CHRC exam is offered at the following HCCA events: Compliance Institute, Research Compliance
  • Conference, and all HCCA Research Compliance Academies.
  • The CHPC exam is offered at the following HCCA events: Compliance Institute, and all Privacy Compliance Academies.
  • The CCEP exam is offered at the following SCCE events: Compliance & Ethics Institute, Utilities and Energy Compliance Conference, Higher Education Compliance Conference and all Basic Compliance & Ethics Academies.
  • The CCEP-I exam is offered at the following SCCE events: Compliance & Ethics Institute, European Compliance and Ethics Institute and all international Basic Compliance & Ethics Academies.

Compliance, Risk and Audit Job Boards

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
BarclaySimpson – North America
Compliance Crossing
Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA):
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)

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