4 courses (32 to 48 hours each)
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Courses run for 8 to 12 weeks
Cannabis education covers the skills, knowledge and best practices for succeeding in the cannabis industry, including a strong focus on regulatory compliance.
Gain the specialized skills and knowledge to work in the growing cannabis sector with our Cannabis Education courses. As the industry is predicted to reach a peak of $9 billion in annual sales by 2026, trained professionals are in high demand.
Online courses are taught by practicing industry specialists and position you at the forefront of this booming business. Developed in consultation with MRU’s Cannabis Industry Advisory Board, the curriculum has a strong focus on understanding and complying with the Cannabis Act regulations. The online delivery provides the flexibility to work while building skills and knowledge to further your career.
Our four newly revised courses — Quality Assurance in the Cannabis Industry, Commercial Cannabis Production, Cannabis Marketing in the Retail Sector and Retail Cannabis Management— focus on best practices and regulatory compliance, which are critical factors in the industry. Since they are developed with input from industry leaders, the courses are relevant to the latest industry developments and prepare students for what to expect in the future.
Highlights and benefits
Earn a digital badge — For each course completed, earn a digital badge through MyCreds™ to verify your demonstrated knowledge and skills
Become career-ready — Prepare for a career in the cannabis industry
Real-world knowledge — Learn from experienced industry professionals
Online delivery — Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere
Top 40 under 40
Congratulations to Amber Craig from FOUR20 on being named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 for 2022. Amber developed and teaches the Cannabis Marketing in the Retail Sector in Cannabis Education at Mount Royal University.View courses
Top 100 Magazine's Top 100
Congratulations to alumnus Serena Donovan on being named one of The Top 100 Magazine's Top 100. Serena is the owner and president of Because You Cann, a micro-cultivation facility, and MaryJane Manor, Canada's first cannabis boutique hotel in Mossleigh, Alberta.View courses
Interested in learning more about our Cannabis Education Program? Speak with program staff and instructors, and have your questions answered. Join us for a free virtual information session on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 5 - 6 p.m.Register now
Course schedule by semester
(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
|Quality Assurance in the Cannabis Industry||ON||ON||ON|
|Commercial Cannabis Production||ON||ON||ON|
|Cannabis Marketing in the Retail Sector||ON||ON||ON|
|Retail Cannabis Management||ON||ON||ON|
This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.
Course materials and information
Courses are online and may include:
- Discussion forums
- Recommended readings
Each course requires approximately 15-20 hours of study per week. Time spent may be specific to each individual and their knowledge of the industry. Courses are intended to be completed by anyone working full time and the hours for completion are somewhat flexible within determined timelines.
Once you have registered and the course starts, you will have access to the recommended course materials and information on assignments and learning outcomes.
Career opportunities and qualifications
There are many facets of the cannabis industry in which to seek employment. Where you end up in the industry will depend on your interests, strengths as an individual, previous work experience and educational background.
Licensed producers (LP) production facilities
Go to Health Canada's website for a list of licensed producers. Key jobs available in the industry are reflected in the four topics of these courses: growers, regulators, marketers and customer service experts.
Investors and applicants
These courses help you distinguish yourself from others operating in the cannabis industry with no formal training.
There are many different suppliers to the industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, lighting distributors, irrigation equipment suppliers, record keeping software, medium distributors and many more. Suppliers who want to supply equipment to a licensed provider or an applicant require guidance on regulations and how they can best comply with them.
The job and volunteer opportunities that are posted on the above website are provided solely for the student's information. Mount Royal does not endorse, screen or evaluate these opportunities and has no control over the accuracy of the postings or the quality or safety of the opportunities advertised. It is the student's responsibility to investigate these opportunities to ensure that they are appropriate for the student and meet the student's expectations. If the student is successful at obtaining a position from one of these postings, the student is solely responsible for its employment or volunteer relationship with the external organization or business.
Frequently asked questions
What is Cannabis Education at Mount Royal?
Cannabis Education is a set of online courses that examine various aspects of cannabis production in Canada. The curriculum has a strong focus on understanding and complying with the Cannabis Act.
Will there be a certificate upon completion?
For each course completed, earn a digital badge through MyCreds™ to verify your demonstrated knowledge and skills.
Do I have to take all of the courses?
No. The courses you choose depend on which aspect(s) of the industry you're interested in. For some students, taking all courses is appropriate. For others, enrolling in one or two makes the most sense.
What does a course consist of?
All courses are fully online and run for 8 to 12 weeks. Course formats include discussion forums, recommended readings, quizzes and graded assignments.
How much work will it be?
Time spent may be specific to each individual and your knowledge of the industry. Students should expect to spend approximately 15 - 20 hours of study per week, per course.
Review your course schedule at the beginning of the course to best set yourself up for success.
What course materials are required and when will they be available?
Once you have registered and the course starts, you will have access to the instructor recommended course materials and information on assignments and learning outcomes.
Who is teaching the courses?
Instructors are highly qualified individuals with industry expertise in cultivation, quality assurance, retail, regulatory compliance and production.
If you complete a course, or courses, what kind of job would you be prepared for?
The curriculum has been developed for those interested in working for or with:
- Licensed Producer (LP) production facilities, including growers, regulators, quality assurance associates, marketers and patient experience/customer service experts
- Retailers, including store managers, key holders and budtenders, retail managers
- Investors and applicants
- Suppliers to the cannabis industry, such as fertilizer manufacturers, lighting distributors, irrigation equipment suppliers, record-keeping software providers and medium distributors
- Placement within the cannabis industry will also depend on an individual's qualifications, education and previous experience, but the specialized knowledge gained in these courses can give applicants a competitive advantage.
This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.