Higher Education: Cannabis Certification Programs

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If you have landed here, I guess the recent speed in the Cannabis Industry has picked up has sparked your interest, and you’re considering making the move to enter the industry.

So how do you set yourself apart from the crowd?

Well, as the Cannabis Industry is ever changing and evolving, you may have a chance to hop on the train as long as you have the skills needed to become successful in this line of work.

Entering the industry may be easier, as it seems as there aren’t really many industry specific degrees within the field yet. So, what does this mean for you? Well, as the industry offers careers within a wide array of concentrations, this may mean that no matter your degree, there may be a place for you as long as you have the transferrable skills to set you up for success. Some examples of degrees that may give you a foothold within the industry include:

  • Business Administration
  • Political Science
  • Natural Sciences
  • HealthCare
  • Agriculture
  • Criminal Law/ Justice
  • Marketing

However, if you do not have a college degree, don’t worry, as there are many certification programs within the current market that may provide you with some of the additional skills necessary to grow within the Cannabis Industry.

Certification Programs

The rapid growth of the Cannabis Industry has caught the eye of many community colleges around the country as they have slowly begun to sprout new Cannabis certification pathways. Some certifications that may increase your potential for success within the Cannabis Industry include:

  • Cannabis Dispensary Management Certification (CCDM)
  • Cannabis Budtender Certification (CCBT)
  • Cannabis Horticulture Specialist Certification (CCHS)
  • Cannabis Edible Professional Certification (CCEP)

Where to Look?

When determining which program will best suit your needs, it is important to research your desired pathway within the Cannabis Industry, as well as what regulations surrounding employment and certifications are in place within your state. Knowing which specific career field within the industry you want to enter may be a great starting point for your research, as different jobs may require specific certifications in order to qualify. After zeroing down on your desired path and finding what certifications your job may require, a great resource for accessing a list of colleges and centers that offer certification pathways into the Cannabis Industry is provided here by Leafly. In addition, keeping up to date with local and federal legislations involving Cannabis, may be an added support within this industry as they are constantly changing, resulting in the formation of new pathways into Cannabis that may not require a certification.

As the Cannabis industry is still young and growing, acquiring a certification within the field may set you apart from other candidates when trying to apply for a job. Furthermore, brushing up on your skills before entering the industry may increase your chances for success and overall job satisfaction. If you ask me, I would say that there’s no harm in acquiring additional skills and brushing up on your knowledge, especially, as more than 280 new jobs are introduced within the Cannabis Industry each day. The Cannabis Industry will only continue to grow from here, and there’s no better time than now to take your place. Enroll in a certification program today!


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