Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

As Casino and iGaming legislation continues to evolve worldwide, so does the need to understand and effectively manage the risks involved with these industries. ‘Casino Gaming Investigations’ explores and examines the essential topics in casino and iGaming compliance. Students will develop a deep knowledge of the risks faced by Casino and iGaming operators, understand how the sector can be exploited by criminals, and build effective mitigation strategies against them. 

This fully online course is offered jointly by Dalhousie University and the Association of Certified Gaming Compliance Specialists (ACGCS). Completion of the course will give students the Certified Gaming Compliance Specialist (CGCS) certification from the ACGCS. 

Course Outline

  • Module 1: The Casino/iGaming Environment
  • Module 2: Crime and Casinos
  • Module 3: Money Laundering
  • Module 4: Fraud
  • Module 5: Bribery and Corruption
  • Module 6: Casino Gaming Investigations
  • Module 7: Sports Betting and Match-Fixing
  • Module 8: Financial Crime Typologies in Land-Based Casinos and iGaming
  • Module 9: Human Trafficking
  • Module 10: Responsible Gaming
  • Module 11: Regulatory Framework and Reporting
  • Module 12: Future Challenges and Risks

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the legal casino and iGaming landscape
  • Have an awareness of the recent approach to casino gaming
  • Understand key risks faced by casino and iGaming operators, including money laundering and fraud
  • Be familiar with how sports betting works and how betting manipulation can occur
  • Be aware of common crime typologies that impact casino gaming, including human trafficking and loansharking
  • Have an awareness of the legal and regulatory framework that casinos and iGaming operators follow


This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. casino-gaming-investigations Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content. A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.

To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video (video opens in a new window).


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

  • Those looking to transition into a casino gaming compliance or investigation role in the private sector
  • Those currently working in casino gaming compliance looking for career development in the private sector
  • Those working in financial crime compliance or investigations who are looking to develop their understanding of this sector
  • Police officers looking to gain an understanding of the ever-growing legal and illegal casino gaming environment 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Casino Gaming Investigations
Online - Self-Paced
Sep 06, 2024 to Nov 29, 2024
Online - Scheduled
4:00PM to 5:30PM
Sep 13, 2024 to Nov 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook
Messenger, I. Casino Compliance: Managing Risk in Land-Based and iGaming Environments. Self-published, 2023. ISBN 9798376038789. This book can be purchased here: Amazon.ca and Barnes and Noble.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click on View Details for dates. *Please note: Live session dates may be subject to change based on instructor schedule.* Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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