Cannabis Business


Course Enrollment

8 Weeks, 5-6 hours a week
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$2,500 or 4 installments of $625
Start Date
Begins every two weeks. Please enroll now to select your start date.

Who is this program for?

If you're looking to enter or advance your career in the rapidly growing cannabis industry, this program is designed for you. With a focused curriculum aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge required to work in the industry, this credential is highly relevant and in demand in the job market. While this program can help prepare students for the Cannabis Dispensary Management (CCDM) exam, it's important to note that certain topics may not be covered, such as in-depth edibles production methods. By the end of this certification, you should be equipped to successfully operate a cannabis business. With the cannabis industry expanding into various sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and agriculture, the job opportunities are endless. As the industry continues to grow and new markets open, this program can help you stay ahead of the curve and excel in your career.

Smart farmer using tablet to monitor control marijuana or cannabis plantation in greenhouse

Why Choose a Career in the Cannabis Business?

Purchasing legal marijuana at a dispensary

There has been a spike in sales of products like beverages, edibles, vapes, and pre-rolls. This product category shift is possibly attributed to changing consumer behavior from medicinal cannabis consumption to more recreational use. Instead of shopping for cannabis products to treat symptoms, consumers are hinting at a greater interest in portable, shareable recreational products. In addition, the affirmative guidelines provided by the FDA for the continuation of the R&D activities concerning cannabis and CBD is anticipated to boost the growth of the U.S. cannabis market in the forthcoming years.

Today’s cannabis professionals must adapt to ever-changing, compliant business practices as the tension between federal prohibition and an increasing number of states legalizing medical and recreational cannabis use grows.

Industry Trends

Market Size
The U.S. cannabis market size was valued at USD 13.2 billion in 2022
Industry Growth Rate
The growth rate is expected to expand at a CAGR of 14.2% from 2023 to 2030
Across Many Industires
In the United States, cannabis is often used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage industries

Course Overview

42 Learning Videos
46 Quizzes
9 Case Studies

This credential has a focused curriculum with an aim to enhance the skills and knowledge needed to work in the cannabis industry. The skills and knowledge gained through this credential are highly relevant and in demand in the job market and will help advance their career. This credential will help prepare students for the Cannabis Dispensary Management (CCDM) exam although it is advised to check the specific topics covered by the CCDM that may not be addressed in this course (for example, in-depth edibles production methods). By the end of this certification, a student should be ready to own and successfully operate a cannabis business.

Module 1 – Cannabis History & the Current U.S. Cannabis Market

Module 2 - Supply Chain and Compliance Issues

Module 3 - Cannabis Cultivation

Module 4 - Manufacturing

Module 5 - Retail Dispensary Practices  

Module 6 - Obtaining Licensing and Funding for a Cannabis Business

Module 7 - Cannabis Market Trends

Module 8 - Career Pathways in the Cannabis Industry

The Cannabis Business credential will prepare learners for job titles including Dispensary manager, Manufacturing agent, Retail associate, and Cultivation specialist.  

Dispensary Manager: $39,000

Cultivation Specialist: $37,000

This credential will equip learners with the following skills and work competencies:

  • Written and oral communication
  • Management
  • Research
  • Customer service
  • Technical skills in using tools and equipment
  • Financial competency

Subject Matter Expert

Kerry Charron
Plant Medicine Writer and Cannabis Business Consultant
Kerry Charron is plant medicine writer and cannabis business consultant. She provides support to cannabis businesses navigating the regulatory licensing application process, and she has worked on applications for cannabis business licensing in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. Charron worked in a Florida cannabis cultivation facility and dispensary, and she has participated in advocacy efforts for medical cannabis legalization with the Kentuckiana Epilepsy Foundation and Kentucky NORML. Kerry’s interests include travel, gardening, and hiking with her son and dog. 

Still Have Questions?

What is the duration of the program and how much time is required each week?

This is an eight-week program that will require about 5 to 6 hours of dedicated time per week.

Will this micro-credential be transferrable for credit-hours?

No. Micro-credentials are not transferrable for credit. These are skills-based training programs that differ from a traditional college course.

Is financial aid available?

We currently offer installment plans for a flexible and affordable option. For more payment options please contact an Admissions Counselor at

Are there assignments and deadlines?

No, there are no assignment deadlines. There is, however, a prescribed pace for timely completion as learners will have a set number of weeks to complete the credential.

Do I have to attend classes at the same time each week?

Micro-credentials are self-paced and do not require the learner to attend class at a certain time each week. Learners should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week engaging with the course at their own pace. Select weeks will have optional webinars featuring industry experts.

What do I receive upon completion of this micro-credential?

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

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