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Laws & Regulations Certificate Program


Laws & Regulations Certificate Program Details

The Laws and Regulations Certificate
is for industry professionals who want to expand their knowledge base around essential distilled spirits legal issues in this highly complex regulatory landscape. Whether you are in-house counsel at a spirits company, outside counsel at a firm, or a non-lawyer faced with navigating these complex issues, our certificate program gives you a foundation in the most critical beverage alcohol laws and regulations. Core courses are taught by respected industry legal experts and representatives from regulatory bodies. CLE credit will be sought for all appropriate courses in this section and anyone working toward a certificate in this program will also have access to past DISCUS CLE programs.

If you have any questions about our CLE courses, program, or financial aid policy, please contact CLE@distilledspirits.org

To complete the program, participants must earn 25 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 - (10 credits) Core courses provide participants with the fundamental principles necessary to understand the laws and regulations governing the spirits industry. Because of the complexity of the subject matter, each course is two hours long and worth two credits.
Electives - (12 credits) The remaining credits can be earned 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)
It All Goes Back to Prohibition: How the Modern Spirits Industry Was Born
Distilled Spirits Regulatory Overview: TTB Regulations Parts 5 and 19
The Fundamentals of Product Approval: COLAs/Labeling and Formulas
FDA Beverage Alcohol Jurisdiction
Trade Practice and Tied-House Considerations: What Do They Mean?

Electives (Choose 12)
Alcohol Advertising and Marketing: How to Market Your Brands Legally and Responsibly
Introduction to TTB Basic Permitting
Control State Basics: Bailment Warehouses, Price Posting, Product Registration, and More
Alternate Routes to Market
Market Innovation: Secondary Barrel Finishing, Expanding Beyond Distilled Spirits, and More
EPA Plant Permits and Clean Air Act Considerations
State Nuances
Distilled Spirits Distribution 101 & Contract Negotiations: Understanding Franchise Law
Discounting Rules: Consumer Contests and Coupons
Global Marketplace/Global Perspective: Legal Considerations for International Markets
Beyond TTB Basic Permitting
Preventing Horror Stories: 10 TTB Industry Expert Tips to Remember
How to Maximize Your Relationships and Interactions with Association and Regulatory Bodies
The Confluence of Laws, Regulations, Guidance, and Policy in Regulating Spirits
Flowing Work Through TTB
Employee Contracts & Rights
Health & Safety Compliance
Intro to Compliance
Foundation on the Three-Tier System
Social Media Compliance & Digital Ad Buying
The DISCUS Code and How to Advertise Beverage Alcohol Products Responsibly
Privacy, Data & Consumer Protection
Antitrust and M&A: What to Expect with the Biden Administration
Intellectual Property Considerations

Leadership/Responsibility
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.