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Higher education: cannabis courses and post-secondary programs in Canada

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Whether you are interested in applied sciences, looking to major in agriculture, or simply eager to learn more about your favorite plant, there are many post-secondary programs and courses focused on hemp that are offered across Canada.

From BC to Maritimes, specialty cannabis education and training opportunities abound, with programs in quality assurance, science, management, and more. If you’re thinking about going back to school this fall, it’s not too late to apply.

Below are all the modern cannabis programs that we can find at post-secondary institutions across Canada. While many of the programs offered in 2018 don’t have any current start dates, there are still over a dozen programs to choose from.

British Columbia

Okanagan College

With its online learning platform, Okanagan College offers several different offerings Cannabis training courses On regulatory policies, business opportunities, and more.

Include courses Seeds to harvest – cannabis botany and botanyAnd the cannabis marketing in canadaAnd the Cannabis legislation and quality assuranceAnd the Medical cannabis essentials for health professionals, among other things. Start dates vary but many courses start in the fall of 2022.

Selkirk College

In a few different universities in Kootenays, Selkirk College offers quite a few Cannabis courses For those looking to expand their knowledge of the plant and the different ways to use it.

Getting started with medical cannabis Offers start dates in November 2022 and February 2023, while cannabis compliance Starting in September 2022, it promises students a hands-on look at the licensing categories and application process.

Other practical courses give students a chance to learn how to prepare hemp ointmentAnd the filled drinksor CBD oil.

College of the Rockies

available online, only session What College of the Rockies currently offers online is quite specific: it provides participants with information about cannabis in the workplace and looks closely at the issue of vulnerability. Upon completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the Red Cross.


Mount Royal University

Three online cannabis education Courses offered by Mount Royal University begin in September, including one on quality assurance, one on commercial cannabis production, and a third on marketing in the retail sector. The fourth training course on Retail Cannabis Management will be offered for the first time in October.

Olds College

Olds College offers a number of continuing education courses focused on cannabis online, with two being offered in the fall of 2022. Extraction and purification of the cannabis / hemp industry Students will teach how to extract hemp oil, with an emphasis on carbon dioxide extraction. The college also offers a course on Quality Assurance.

Norquist College

Norquist College of Edmonton offers both online and on-site courses, including a Hemp pruning and production cycle and Processing of hemp and its products a path. Health professionals interested in learning more about the medical applications of cannabis can register for introductory course which begins in October.

Higher Education Academy

This virtual educational institution offers for four months Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma Programwith a curriculum covering history, the cannabis plant, the endocannabinoid system, cannabis law, and more, starting in October.


University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan The Prairie Horticulture Certificate now includes the Hemp Crop Production Course, which covers reproduction, genetics and Harvest criteria, among other Destiny skills. All courses, work and exams are online.


Red River College

In the wake of the federal cannabis legalization in 2018, Red River Polytechnic Offered a course on Cannabis 101 that covered cannabis policy, botany, genetics, commercial industry, and medicinal use. The course is not currently offered to students.

Assiniboine Community College

Although it does not currently accept freshmen, Assiniboine Community College has partnered with Durham College for a program of a Cannabis industry specialization A small program for students to learn about the basics of the industry such as production management, product testing and traceability.


Niagara College

one year Commercial Hemp Production Program It is offered on-site at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, where students take courses in crop methods, biology, cannabis evolution, plant pathology, business program applications, and more. The degree program is currently accepting applications for the September intake.

pro college

Loyalist College in Belleville offers one year Cannabis Applied Science Certificate Program Supports students in learning about product development, process improvement, product quality and safety.

If you are interested in becoming a formulation chemist, process technician, or quality assurance manager, this could be the program for you. It starts in September.

Durham College

as part of a file Cannabis industry specialization Program, Durham College Offers A series of nine cycles Including the ethics and law of cannabis, the basics of medical cannabis for commercial professionals, and the import and export of cannabis. All courses are offered online and the program can be completed within one year.

Seneca College

Through Seneca College Cannabis industry studies The degree programme, offered online, students take foundation courses in cannabis basics, law and ethics, health and wellness, and can take elective courses in retail and wholesale operations, human resources, and healthcare. Interested students can learn more about the program online information session On the 6th of September.

NACPT (North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology) College of Pharma

NACPT presents a Various courses and programs With cannabis concentration, including nine months Industrial hemp production technology program and nine months Quality Control and Quality Assurance Programas well as training courses on Master Farm Practices And the Modern Extraction Practices. Range of start dates, some starting in late August.

AAPS College (Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences)

AAPS, the professional college in Ontario, offers a four-month certificate program in Cannabis operations, quality and eating It includes courses on regulations, growth techniques, plant sanitation, clinical concepts, and retail management, among others. The entire program is offered online.

Fanshawe College

It is offered on-site at the college’s London campus, and is employed full-time at Fanshawe for 30 weeks Applied cannabis science The program includes courses in Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Techniques, Cannabis Chemistry, Microbiology, and Scientific Communication. Interested students can apply for registration in September 2022 or January 2023.

Centennial College

Centennial College in Scarborough offers various levels of education for those who wish to gain a better understanding of cannabis cultivation. The three-week “partial accreditation” course is called Growing hemp at home Provides an introduction, while Hemp cultivation and processing The program delves deeper, with six part-time courses in regulations, theory, and product formulation.


McGill University

Unfortunately, McGill no longer offers a file Commercial cannabis diplomawhich covered plant sciences, genetics, product design, ethics and an industrial training program.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Community College

Delivered in person at its Kingstec campus in Kentville, Nova Scotia Community College cannabis cultivation The certificate program includes courses in commercial farming practices, horticulture, quality assurance, and industrial relations. Although the next session begins in September, there is currently a waiting list for registration.


Canada Academy

Although not intended for cannabis, Canada Academy’s most recent diploma program in greenhouse production Worth adding to this list. The program was endorsed by the licensed producer of Atlantic Cultivation.

Other institutions that have offered cannabis courses and educational programs in the past but do not currently enroll students include Coast Mountain College And the Kwantlin Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Assiniboine Community College in Manitoba, McMaster University And the College Boreal In Ontario, the McGill University in Quebec.

Want to see your institution’s course in this list? Email our editor, ashleykeenan@leafly.com.

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