Cannabis Production & Management

Cannabis Production and Management will provide advanced knowledge and selected skills sets for mid- to upper-level production jobs in commercial growing facilities. Students will cover critical aspects of the cannabis industry, cannabis products, workplace requirements, crop management, quality control/quality assurance, harvesting, processing, and waste management. Specific applications to cannabis facilities and workplaces will be a major focus of the course. This is a non-credit course.  


$1549.00 +HST ($232.35) = $1781.35

What will I learn

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to use the knowledge, skills, and resources gained to improve performance and success in mid- to upper-level cannabis production jobs.

Cannabis Production and Management is 100% online.  It is intended to provide you with advanced knowledge of cannabis production and management, and a chance to apply the knowledge in completing selected tasks relevant to the commercial production environment. This will improve your ability to transfer the knowledge and skills to job-specific situations.

Who should take this course

This highly interactive online course is of interest to people who come from a plant science background and are seeking new opportunities in the gowing field of commercial cannabis production

Cannabis Production and Management will provide cannabis-specific training for people looking to be employed in mid- to upper-level production jobs in commercial growing facilities. This course is 100% online with online activitiies and discussions. It does not include a hands-on component. This course will prepare you to start your career and develop your competency in cannabis production.

Cannabis Production and Management will not provide job specific information for entry-level or labour jobs (e.g. bud trimmers); specialized positions such as Quality Assurance technicians or Master Grower positions however, if you already have training or are working in these areas, you will gain additional knowledge and skills to help advance your career.


Cannabis Production and Management is an Adult Learning course with open admission criteria. It is recommended for participants with:

·         previous training in horticulture, plant science, or botany (e.g. certificate, degree, diploma); and/or

·         previous experience in a commercial horticultural enterprise or crop production.

If you don’t have previous training or experience in these areas, you can still enroll in the course, as long as you feel you can complete the requirements. This may require additional background reading etc. on your part. The instructors may be willing to recommend videos, readings etc. to help you; however there will be no time devoted to this in the course. 

Length of course

The course runs from October 28, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Course modules

The course is delivered 100% online, in a series of eight* modules:

Module 1: The Cannabis Industry

Module 2:  Regulations and QA

Module 3: Crop Botany

Module 4: Crop Propagation

Module 5: Crop Management Practices

Module 6: Crop Protection

Module 7: Facilities and Climate Control

Module 8: Harvest and Post-harvest (includes Waste Management)

The course will be delivered through Brightspace, Dalhousie University’s Learning Management System, or LMS. All course materials, activities, and assessments will be “housed” in Brightspace and delivered to you electronically. This will ensure a seamless learning experience so you can learn at a time and location that is convenient for you. (Note: Selected activities may require scheduled participation.)

Course expectations

The course will be highly interactive, and require intense, active participation from the student in all modules. The following are examples of activities that will be used to help students meet the learning outcomes:

·         complete assigned readings, videos etc.;

·         conduct internet searches to access, evaluate, and critique information;

·         take part in discussion forums;

·         produce communication tools for lay audiences or workers (e.g. SOPs, job aids, toolbox session handouts, infographics, short videos, etc.);

·         complete peer evaluations;

·         participate in role play activities;

·         complete assignments involving case studies/scenarios and interpretive questions;

·         interpret records;

·         complete self-tests and interactive learning activities.

The course facilitator will monitor discussions, provide feedback on assignments, activities etc., answer questions, and provide additional information/references. They will not “instruct” the course as in a traditional classroom set-up. For this reason, you will need the self-discipline to complete the required assignments, participate in discussions and activities, and incorporate the feedback into your learning.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, which may include:

·         graded online tests;

·         graded discussions;

·         graded assignments:

·         role play exercises;

·         critiques of external resources;

·         calculations;

·         production of communication tools and training resources (SOPs, job aids, toolbox session handouts, infographics, short videos, etc.)

·         case studies/scenarios with interpretative questions.

Graded assessments may include both peer and instructor assessments. Self-assessment tests will also be provided to aid student learning.

Successful completion of the course is based on a passing grade of 70%. You must complete all seven modules to receive the Certificate of Completion.

What does online learning involve

Online learning has been used successfully for delivering high quality learning experiences in a variety of subject areas and for a variety of audiences around the world. However, there are some skills sets and learner characteristics that are necessary for a successful online learning experience.

We recommend that you visit this site for an overview of the skills that will lead to success in online learning:

You can take the self-assessment quiz to gauge your readiness for online learning and to identify areas you may need to address before committing to an online course.