A s we get closer to the October 2018 marijuana legalization date, universities and colleges are developing and rolling out training programs to meet the need for skilled workers in the booming marijuana industry. This is a list of colleges and universities offering certificate and diploma programs and courses to fill licensed producers’ jobs in the production, marketing, and distribution areas.
Colleges in Ontario
- Niagara College offers a 1-year Commercial Cannabis Production program that will provide training in the biology and cultural practices of cannabis production including plant nutrition, lighting, climate control, pest control, and cultivar selection.
- Loyalist College has launched an eight-month Cannabis Applied Science (CSGS) Ontario College post-graduate certificate program. The program is the first of its kind in Canada to allow students to build on their degree or Ontario College diploma with the in-depth skills to support cannabis product development, inform process optimization, and address natural product quality, consistency and safety.
- Durham College recently began offering a two-day course that provides an introduction to all things marijuana.
- Ryerson offers a 39-hour introductory course called The Business of Cannabis and is intended to familiarize students with the cannabis industry in Canada and, more specifically, Ontario.
Colleges in BC
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University started offering online courses in cannabis production, marketing and financing.
College of the Rockies
- The Cannabis Retail Specialist program at College of the Rockies is a 26-week course taught online.
Colleges in Alberta
- This program prepares students for entry level employment in the growing cannabis production industry, or to support those already in the workplace. Students can expect to spend 8 weeks in four intensive online courses followed by a 2-week field study..