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Cannabis Industry Specialization (Recognition of Achievement)

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition of Achievement

Program Description

The extraordinary expansion of Canada's cannabis industry is generating a broad range of exciting new business and employment opportunities. Durham College's Cannabis Industry Specialization program has been designed in partnership with industry leaders to provide participants with crucial insights into the complexity of this rapidly evolving sector.

This part time studies program is designed to prepare professionals with business experience, or those who have already completed a diploma or degree in business, to pursue a career in the cannabis industry. Students who do not have a diploma or degree are still welcome to register for the program.

Courses must be completed within one year of the start date of the first course: Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals. An exception may be made for students who have already completed this course.

Important Note:

  • This program now consists of five courses instead of the original six. The Cannabis Capstone course has been removed from the original Program of Study, thereby allowing students to complete the program sooner and at a lower overall cost.
  • Upon the successful completion of each course you will receive a digital badge. Note the Cannabis Business Operations course consists of 5 micro-courses. Upon completing all 5 micro-courses we will issue you the Business Operations course digital badge.
  • Program Requirements

    • Students must be at least 19 years of age or more by the start date of the first course.

    Program Of Study

    Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

    Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

    Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

    Program Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

    • Identify and discuss the complexities of the global cannabis legalization landscape on the Canadian cannabis industry.
    • Analyze the ethical implications of the use of medical and recreational cannabis in Canadian society.
    • Support the development and execution of cannabis business initiatives by leveraging a thorough knowledge of industry-specific operations and supply chain management.
    • Apply the Canadian cannabis regulatory framework to business decision-making practices.
    • Develop tailored business responses to the medical and recreational cannabis marketplace.
    • Assess operational risk within the context of Canadian cannabis businesses.
    • Describe the structure and characteristics of the cannabis plant and how it is cultivated.
    • Work in a manner consistent with business compliance, legal requirements, practices and protocols as applicable in the Canadian cannabis industry.

    Career Options

    Potential career and industry options may include:

    • Quality Assurance
    • Quality Control
    • Production
    • Horticulture
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Legal
    • Educators
    • Human Resources
    • Finance
    • Healthcare
    • Construction
    • HVAC
    • Lighting
    • Security
    • Consultants

    Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

    If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.