Continuing Education Programming

  • Advanced Cannabis Courses

    Advance Cannabis

    Current Course Offerings

    Extraction and Purification for the Cannabis/Hemp Industry

    Dates: January 4 - February 26, 2021 

    Quality Assurance and Control in the Cannabis Industry

    Dates: January 4 - February 26, 2021 

    Cost: $799

    Delivery: Online

    Registration Deadline: December 31, 2020

  • 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
    • Each course within this program can be taken as a stand-alone course to enhance your current skill set, or you can combine all four to complete.
    • 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

  • Introduction to Cannabis Retail

    Cannabis Production

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    This course prepares students for employment in the cannabis retail industry. It will help students thrive in the industry by introducing them to a scientific and biological framework for understanding cannabis, a variety of product knowledge and the regulations required to operate successfully within a Canadian retail cannabis outlet.

    This course is completed entirely online and students can log on at times that best suit them in this 4 week course. Students will complete various assessments and have access to an industry-based instructor to help differentiate themselves in this new and popular industry.

    Delivery: Online

    Program Dates: February 1 - February 26, 2021

    Costs: $799 + GST

  • Prairie Hort Certificate

    Olds College students attend a plant identification class

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    For a complete overview of the program, please see our Student Handbook.

    The Prairie Horticulture Certificate program is the online program in horticulture designed specifically for the prairie provinces and is offered through the Continuing Education department. Choose one of four streams of focus and once you have completed all of the courses in your selected stream you will be granted a Prairie Horticulture Certificate from Olds College. It is jointly offered by a consortium of three Western Canadian institutions:

    • Olds College
    • Assiniboine Community College
    • University of Saskatchewan

    Intake Dates 2019-2020:

    • Term 1 - September 16 - November 22;  Final exam:  November 23
    • Term 2 - January 13 - March 20; Final exam:  March 21
    • Term 3 - March 23 - May 29; Final exam: May 30

    Intake Dates 2020-2021:

    • Term 1 - September 14 - November 20, 2020
    • Term 2 - January 18 - March 26, 2021
    • Term 3 - March 29 - June 4, 2021

  • Turf Science Certificate

    Olds College turfgrass students

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    This certificate addresses general and specialized aspects of the science, current cultural systems and construction practices for the turf industry. Courses provide practical applications relevant to parks, sports turf, golf course, professional lawn care, sod production and turf-related sales/service sectors.

    Delivery Method: Online

    Course Dates: 

    • Level 1: October 5 - December 11, 2020
    • Level 2: January 4 - March 12, 2021
    • Electives
      • Turf Science for Golf Courses: March 29 - June 4, 2021
      • Turf Science for Sports and Recreation: March 29 - June 4, 2021

    Tuition: $799 per course