Cannabis Cultivation and Production Management


Course Enrollment

6 Weeks, 5-6 hours a week
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$1,800 or 3 installments of $600
Start Date
Begins every two weeks. Please enroll now to select your start date.

Who is this program for?

The program introduces student learners to the best practices used by cannabis business operators in the cannabis industry within the United States.

This program does not look at state-specific regulations but rather views cannabis business operations through the best-accepted industry practices. This micro-credential especially focuses on “back of the house” operators who cultivate and manufacture cannabis for consumption by patients or consumers. This micro-credential will cover the best practices specific to cultivation and manufacturing operators and highlight the general best practices applicable to both cultivation and manufacturing operations.

This training aims to engage student learners of all skill levels in the industry-wide best practices within the strict operational regulatory structures required by individual states.


Why Choose a Career in the Cannabis Cultivation and Production Management?

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As the cannabis industry continues to gain acceptance and popularity, the need for skilled professionals in this field is rapidly increasing. But it's not just about being in a popular industry - there are also practical benefits to pursuing a career in cannabis cultivation and production management. By implementing effective management systems, businesses can optimize their operations, reducing labor costs and ensuring the quality of their products. This means that you'll be able to make a tangible impact on the success of your company, all while developing valuable skills that will be in high demand for years to come.

Furthermore, the importance of supply chain management in the cannabis industry cannot be overstated. With demand for cannabis products increasing rapidly, it's essential that businesses are able to manage their resources effectively, ensuring that they can consistently meet customer demand. By working in cannabis cultivation and production management, you'll be at the forefront of this critical aspect of the industry, helping your company to succeed and thrive.

So if you're looking for a career that's both popular and in demand, consider cannabis cultivation and production management. With its potential for growth, optimization, and supply chain management, this field offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for skilled professionals like you.

Industry Trends

Cannabis cultivation and production management are becoming increasingly important in the industry as cannabis continues to grow in popularity and become more widely accepted.
By implementing production and cultivation management systems, businesses can reduce their labor costs, ensure the quality of their products, and ensure they are consistently producing products that meet the demands of the market.
Supply Chain
Production and cultivation management can help businesses manage their supply chain more effectively, ensuring that they have the necessary resources to meet customer demand.

Course Overview

61 Learning Videos
24 Quizzes
12 Case Studies

This program is carefully designed to aid Cannabis cultivators and employees in gaining knowledge on the various aspects of cannabis cultivation and production management through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and real-life scenarios.

Module 1 – Federal Enforcement Priorities and State Operational Regulations

Module 2 - The U.S. Cannabis Industry

Module 3 - Optimizing Cannabis Cultivation Operations

Module 4 - Understanding Testing Requirements for Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

Module 5 - Extraction Methodologies in the Cannabis Industry

Module 6 - Compliance and Risk Management in Cannabis Manufacturing Operations

This program will prepare learners for various job titles including Entry-level positions, employees of vertical integrated operations, Directors, Facility/General managers, cultivation teams (grower, head grower, harvester, and nursery/propagation employee), manufacturing teams (extraction and food handler teams), packaging and labeling teams, and Inventory managers and employees.
The salaries of cannabis cultivation and production employees in the US vary widely depending on the type of job, the industry, and the region. The average salary for a cannabis cultivation and production employee in the US is around $45,000 per year, although this figure can vary greatly depending on the position, experience, and location.

This program will equip learners with the following skills:

  • Organizational, multitasking, and analytical skills
  • Legal knowledge (licensing compliance and manufacturing protocols)
  • Technical writing skills, employee training, and inventory controls
  • Operational documentation
  • Operational compliance skills
  • General industry knowledge and operational knowledge specific to cultivation and manufacturing

This program will equip learners with the following work competencies:

  • Evaluate operational practices and documented standard operating procedures.
  • Create robust standard operating procedures.
  • Apply standard operating procedure requirements to employee training and defined roles and responsibilities within a cannabis business.
  • Evaluate federal enforcement priorities for strict seed-to-sale and inventory tracking system requirements.
  • Apply federal enforcement priorities to state sanctioned legal medical and/or adult use cannabis.
  • Understand the different types of cultivation operations, licensing authority compliance, the role the inventory tracking system plays in cannabis cultivation operations, the different types of cannabis manufacturing operations (hydrocarbon and non-solvent-based extractions, food processing, and manufacturing).
  • Apply health and safety standards (hazardous waste risk assessments, hazardous material handling, employee training, and safety standards).
  • Analyze mater manufacturing procedures.

Subject Matter Expert

Trevor Hosterman
Principal Consultant of Compliantly Cannabis, LLC

Trevor Hosterman serves as the Principal Consultant of Compliantly Cannabis, LLC, boasting a distinguished career spanning over a decade in legal cannabis markets. Trevor's expertise lies in operational compliance within the dynamic cannabis industry, honed through his involvement in drug policy reform advocacy and his in-depth understanding of regulatory frameworks.

Trevor holds an impressive array of educational qualifications, including a BS in Political Science, an ASQ Risk Management Certificate, an ASQ Six Sigma Specialized Certificate, and a PERC: Trainer of Agricultural Workers and Handlers certification. His educational journey has been further enriched by his Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division License #M18441, METRC Training Certificate, and Food Safety and Sanitation Certificate.

His work aligns business operations with intricate federal, state, and local cannabis regulations, fostering a culture of compliance among employees.

With a commitment to regulatory excellence and a track record in crafting training programs and conducting audits, Trevor is a trusted advisor in navigating the complexities of compliance within the high-stakes cannabis industry.

Still Have Questions?

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

This is a six-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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