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Certificate in Risk Management

Certificate in Risk Management

Prepare for the CRM, fast.

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Lead organizations through turbulent times or prepare for change by identifying, analyzing and working to mitigate potential or current risks.

What is Risk Management?

Risk Management is the practice of identifying and analyzing potential risks and then taking coordinated action to help reduce those risks. Today’s stakes are high and effective risk managers are more essential to organizations than ever before. The rapidly changing digital space is full of potential threats—not to mention the many new risks in enterprise and information technology that require assessment and management.

What you will learn

This program prepares you to step into the role of a risk manager and risk management analyst, or helps you to upskill if you have recently taken on risk management responsibilities. The program also prepares graduates to earn the CRM designation.

In six months of part-time study, you will gain a thorough understanding of hazard, operational, financial, and strategic risk concepts and learn to identify, analyze, and treat risks. You will also explore methods for assessing risk and identifying appropriate treatments for risk minimization, and how to motivate risk treatment within an organization.

Program Benefits

Developed in collaboration with leaders in the field, the specialized knowledge and skills you will gain are current, relevant and immediately actionable. You will learn from instructors who are risk management experts and collaborate with your classmates who are professionals from a range of industries, helping you to bolster your career contacts.

Format: Part-Time, blended
Delivery: Online coursework + 6 live online sessions
Live Session Schedule: Two required per course (Sundays)
Program Length: 6 months
Term Starts: Fall, Winter, Summer


Introducing Live Online Learning

To make our programming even more accessible, and to ensure the safety of students and instructors, we are now offering the in-class course components for professional programs completely online.

Career Potential

Take the next step in your career. In only six months of study, you will have the skills, confidence and experience to pursue advancement opportunities within the organization you currently work or seek risk management roles elsewhere. Technology is advancing quickly and the world can move fast. There has never been a better time to learn how to identify, assess, monitor and limit risks.

Industry Information

Effective risk managers are more essential to modern organizations than ever before. Employers in the private and public sector require trained risk managers to both mitigate negative risks and identify positive opportunities.

Two thirds of executives say there's a shortage of skilled risk managers.$88,776 is the average salary for careers in Risk Management, according to
More and more businesses are investing in ways to identify and manage the risks that they face. While the forms and types of risk change and evolve, one thing is certain—the field of risk management is on the rise and qualified professionals can thrive in this industry. Over the next two years, 88% of Canadian organizations plan to invest in their risk management capabilities.

Professional Associations

Graduates of this certificate are eligible and encouraged to write the exams for the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, administered and conferred by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI), and recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Attaining the CRM designation, in combination with the Certificate in Risk Management, will distinguish you as a qualified and skilled professional in the field.

The GRMI and RIMS have their own requirements regarding application, admission, program and membership. Students should contact the GRMI and RIMS directly for more information. See the RIMS website for accreditation requirements.

Get hired for jobs like:

Risk Management Analyst
Risk Control Specialist
Risk Manager

Gain these skills:

Strategic Thinking
Presentation Skills
Business Acumen


Professional Associations

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RIMS Logo - The Risk Management Society

Who should take this program?

If you are a manager, supervisor, or team leader who has recently taken on risk management responsibilities, or if you are a student or professional looking to enter this growing field, this program is ideal for you. This program is also highly beneficial if you are preparing for your CRM Designation, or if you work in an industry that regularly deals with risk, such as finance, health, insurance, construction, and food safety.

Enrolment Requirements

The Certificate in Risk Management is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.



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“The Certificate in Risk Management is designed to provide risk professionals with relevant theoretical knowledge and application techniques to position them for success.”

Dinesh Garbharran – Interim CRO, TD Insurance & VP, Risk Management, TD Bank (Program Advisory Council Member)

Delivery Format

Part-Time – Blended

Courses combine in-person learning, on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) plus online learning. The live components are typically held at a scheduled day and time (e.g. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm), on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) where students and instructors gather to participate in active learning activities, share their learnings in an interactive format and hear from guest speakers. The online delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays). There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support. These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend.

Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, prepare assignments (individual and group), and participate in online discussions with their peers.

In addition to any live components, students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, and so on.

Please view our Live Online video to learn more about this format.


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Understanding hazard, operational, financial, and strategic risk concepts. Learn to identify, analyze, and treat risks. Explore processes, frameworks, and techniques for monitoring and reporting on risks, utilizing risk management standards and guidelines.

40 Hours

CSRM1010 Risk Assessment & Treatment

Explore methods for assessing risk and identifying appropriate treatments for risk minimization. Study theories of accident causation, root cause analysis, the application of various strategies for treating risks, and how to motivate risk treatment within an organization.

40 Hours

CSRM1020 Risk Financing

Examine the selection, implementation and monitoring of risk financing techniques. Explore subjects such as transferring risk through insurance, types of insurance such as self-insurance plans, retrospective rating plans, captive insurance, finite and integrated risk, and capital market options.

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Lapo Calamai

Director, Enterprise Risk, Analytics and Decision Support (Corporate Risk Management), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

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Darius Delon

President, Risk Management 101

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Tina Gardiner

Manager, Risk Management Services, The regional municipality of york

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Riaz Juma

Director, Insurance and Risk Management, CAPREIT

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Terry Lampropoulos

Director - Operational Risk Management, Canada Life

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Tony Rossi

Risk Management Industry Professional

Advisory Council

Garvin Deokiesingh

Vice President, Audit and Enterprise Risk, AGF

Michael Galin

Director, Risk Management, Telus

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Dinesh Garbharran

VP, Risk Management, TD Insurance Risk

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Tina Gardiner

Manager, Risk Management Services, The regional municipality of york

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Mike Soegtrop

Director, Crisis Management, Global Information Risk Management, Manulife

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Derek Tang

Director, Insurance Risk Management, OPG

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