How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
Due diligence is the evaluation of a third party’s appetite for risk to determine whether they are a suitable business partner for your organization. This course is a practical guide to carrying out external and internal investigations. During these four weeks, we’ll discuss types of organizations that are riskier than others and best practices for weighing risk against opportunity when conducting an assessment before turning our attention to the whys and hows of internal audits.
Self-paced course; start at anytime
4 weeks


Larry Potts

Larry Potts, MS, is a renowned corporate compliance and security expert. Most recently Larry was Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Corporate Security for Scientific Games Corporation where he developed and implemented processes for conducting business in 50 countries and oversaw 4000 due diligence investigations annually. Prior to his extensive corporate experience, Larry worked for the FBI for 24 years as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, Chief of White-Collar Crimes, AD in Charge of Criminal Investigative Division, and Deputy Director.


Due Diligence and Internal Investigations
You’ll walk through the steps of an inquiry, including how to gather the information you need, to determine how much auditing is required, what to do with the data you collect, and how to report your findings to those who need it. You’ll learn about the concerns associated with certain types of third parties, and the instructor will include recommendations for creating contracts once business is approved.

Topics Include:

  • Approaches to root cause analysis
  • Understanding why internal and external investigations are necessary
  • The best sources of information for each type of investigation
  • When due diligence is most important
  • How to handle the discovery of negative information

Who Should Register:

  • Current or aspiring compliance professionals

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.


Due Diligence and Internal Investigations
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Be prepared to learn from each other