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Safety & Risk Management Certificate

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Safety and Risk Management Certificate Program Details

The Certificate in Safety & Risk Management 
addresses many of the safety challenges distillers face and provides critical knowledge to spirits producers on how to create effective risk management systems. After completing the program, you'll gain an understanding of current regulations, best practices in the industry, and how to instill a culture of safety in their business. Courses will be taught by distillery health and safety specialists from around the country, industry safety and insurance experts, and representatives from regulatory bodies. The DISCUS Fire Protection Manual is a recommended resource for completing this program. It is available free of charge for members on the DISCUS Member Portal and at a discounted rate for nonmembers participating in this program ($495). If interested in purchasing the manual, please contact

To complete the program, participants must earn 30 credits as outlined below. The certificate must be earned within 24 months of attending your first course. Participants must also pass an exam to show competency in the domain.
Certificate Tracker
Use this tracker to track your progress through the certificate program. Upon completion of the program, you will be asked to upload the tracker to verify completion of required courses.

Core Courses - (11 credits) Core courses provide participants with the fundamental principles necessary to understand the laws and regulations governing the spirits industry. 
Electives - (16 credits) The remaining credits can be achieved through elective courses. Electives allow participants to take a deeper dive into areas of interest, giving you the flexibility to specialize in topics relevant to your career.

Leadership – (2 credits)  All participants are required to take Diversity & Inclusion in the Spirits Industry & one other Leadership elective. These courses are available in the Leadership Domain and are linked below.
Responsibility – (1 credit) All participants are required to take Alcohol Responsibility. This course is available in the Leadership Domain and is linked below.

Core Courses (Required)
Fire Protection
Risk Management
Production Facility Risk Management
Retail Risk
DSP Safety
Customers and Employee Safety
Walking & Working Surfaces: Slips, Trips & Falls
Environmental Safety
Developing a Safety Program
Product Recall
Supply Chain Risk

Electives (Choose 16)
Health & Safety Compliance
Environmental Permitting & Reporting
Sustainability and Climate Risk
Food Safety
Agricultural Risk
Tasting Room Safety & Risk Management
Managing Ancillary Operation Risk
Reputational Risk
Emergency Planning
Developing an ESG Program
Partnerships & NGO Evaluations
Process, Plant & Equipment Safety
Fire Protection
Alcohol Handling
Chemical Storage & Reporting
Preventative Equipment Maintenance
Regulated Waste Handling
Facility Construction
Electrical Safety
Visitor Center & Tours Risk Management
Material and Barrel Handling Safety
Transporting Hazardous Substances
Loading and Unloading
Spill Control
Intro to Policies and Procedures

Alcohol Responsibility (Required)
Diversity & Inclusion in the Spirits Industry (Required)
Creating an Organizational Culture
Leading Change
Leadership Communication Styles
Management Processes

Certificate Application Process

In order to earn a domain certificate, applicants must complete the following steps:
  1. Fulfill the domain course requirements as outlined above.
  2. Complete and submit the tracking form below. Your tracking sheet will be reviewed by DISCUS Academy staff to ensure all courses meet the requirements. Upon successful review, applicants will be eligible to take the domain exam.
  3. Take the domain exam and receive a score of 70% or higher. Exam questions will be taken from Core Courses.
  4. Certificates will be available to download immediately after the exam is passed.