Cannabis Production

This program prepares graduates for employment in the growing cannabis production industry, or to support those already in the workplace. This program provides entry level job-based training and is committed to providing graduates the skills needed to enter into employment with a range of cannabis producers, from medicinal to adult use. Students can expect to spend four months in four intensive online courses followed by an optional four-week blended course which includes a one-week field study. This optional field study will include spending time with one of our partners and supported by an online experience. 

Delivery: Online + 1 week on-site with a Licensed Cannabis Producer

Credential: Non-credit

Costs: $799 + GST per course (4 courses), $499 + GST for the Field Study

 

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Cannabis Production Program - Level 1

Cannabis Production

This program prepares graduates for employment in the growing cannabis production industry, or to support those already in the workplace. This program provides entry level job-based training and is committed to providing graduates the skills needed to enter into employment with a range of cannabis producers, from medicinal to adult use. Students can expect to spend four months in four intensive online courses followed by an optional four-week blended course which includes a one-week field study. This optional field study will include spending time with one of our partners and supported by an online experience. 

  • Four online, instructor led, 45 hour equivalent courses
  • Stand-alone courses; take individual courses based on your needs
  • An optional blended online and hands on field study with industry

Delivery: Online + 1 week on-site with a Licensed Cannabis Producer

Credential: Non-credit

Costs: $799 + GST per course (4 courses), $499 + GST for the Field Study

Length of Program: 16 weeks online + 4 weeks blended with 1 week field school

Program Dates: Dates vary

Registration Deadlines: Two weeks prior to course start date

Selection Process for Admission: First come-first served basis. 

Admission Requirements: Students must be 18 prior to enrollment. It is recommended that they have their grade 11 education or beyond, and any previous criminal record should be assessed for eligibility in the industry prior to taking courses.

  

What will you learn?

Students will learn the foundation skills they need to prepare them for entry level production work in the cannabis industry. Specific areas of instruction include:  

Cannabis Legislation and Documentation

Students will learn the basics for ensuring government compliance surrounding the production of cannabis. Legislative requirements surrounding security requirements for facility and staff, quality assurance and quality control, and post-harvest handling will be discussed. This course will prepare students who intend to work in the cannabis field with an overview of current requirements for compliance and how to remain up to date if and as policies change.

 

Horticulture for Cannabis Production

Students will apply introductory horticulture knowledge to cannabis specific production in this course, to empower them to tend and care for plants in entry level production work.  Cannabis botany, growth cycle, genetics & propagation, pest management, and harvesting will be addressed.  This will include an introduction to chemical composition of cannabis.  Typical grow room structures, designs and setups will be discussed.

  

Introduction to Crop Production and Facilities

In this course, students will be exposed to different types of growing facilities, and their respective crop production systems.  Environmental management equipment, irrigation systems, soil management, and pest control will be discussed in the context of crop production.  This broad introduction provides students with an initial awareness of the facilities they may encounter in a commercial context.

  

Practical Cannabis Production - Field Study (Optional)

Students will apply the production practices from the Cannabis Production Program in a hands-on, face to face environment with a licensed cannabis producer in a one week short field study opportunity.  The specific schedule is determined per practicum offering, but will include approximately 30 hours of on-site experience.  This will be paired with an online component open over the listed course dates to supplement student experience. Students will be exposed to all aspects of production, from propagation through to drying, packaging and the regulatory procedures. 

Please note: Students must take the previous four courses before taking this field study option. They will be required to travel to their field study site in the Olds area unless otherwise established with Continuing Education.  Students will also be required to access evaluation and supplemental content online and to adhere to relevant industry dress codes.