Cryptocurrency Essentials

The Crypto Essentials course is a self-paced, entry-level course covering the basics of cryptocurrency. In this course, learners will study the definition and history of cryptocurrency, how cryptocurrency works as a payment method and who should use it, and best practices to maximize benefits while reducing risk.

This course will launch in the Winter of 2023 but is available for pre-order now. The course is developed by the MRC in partnership with Flexa and peer-reviewed by the MRC Education Committee. If you pre-order today, you will be automatically enrolled in the course once it launches.

Program Details

Program Level: Basic
Program Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Delivery Method: QAS Self Study
*CPE Credits: 1.0
Advanced Preparation and/or Pre-requisites: Non


  • Define cryptocurrency
  • Outline the history of cryptocurrency Describe how cryptocurrency works as a payment method
  • Identify key users of cryptocurrency
  • Evaluate the risks of cryptocurrency
  • Illustrate the benefits of cryptocurrency
  • Define best practices on how to maximize cryptocurrency benefits while reducing risk

*Learning objectives and CPEs are subject to change before the official course launch.

PRE-SALE: The Crypto Currency Essentials course is priced at US$75 for MRC members (plus applicable taxes). Non-members may take the course at the non-member price of US$150 (plus applicable taxes).


RAPID Edu Accreditation

The Merchant Risk Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Inc. (NASBA) -- National Registry of CPE Sponsors

RAPID Edu Refund Policy

For the RAPID Edu program self-study courses, refunds and cancellations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Cancellations and requests for refunds must be communicated in writing to Refunds will not be issued once a course is started. Additionally, courses must be completed within one year of the course enrollment date.