Canada’s cannabis industry is rapidly expanding—and with that expansion comes an exciting range of new business and employment opportunities. Become knowledgeable in the complex field of cannabis, including ethics, regulation and business operations.

Home-grown, Canadian content

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 and learn how to apply the Canadian cannabis regulatory framework to business decisionmaking practices.

Anything but business as usual

Support the development and execution of cannabis business initiatives by gaining and applying a thorough knowledge of industry-specific operations and supply chain management. Assess operational risk within the context of Canadian cannabis businesses. Learn how to work in a manner consistent with business compliance, legal requirements, practices and protocols as applicable in the Canadian cannabis industry

Flexible learning to fit you

Assiniboine partners with Durham College to deliver this program. Be in control of your learning at a pace that matches you and your needs. All classes offered in this document of achievement are online courses, which means you can learn when it suits you.

Broaden your horizons

Potential career and industry options include working in: quality assurance, quality control, production, horticulture, sales, marketing, legal, education, human resources, finance, health care, construction, HVAC, lighting, security and consultation.


The Cannabis Industry Specialization program helped me transfer pre-existing skills to the cannabis industry. The content and delivery of the course material were top-notch, and I would recommend the program for anyone wanting to enhance their cannabis knowledge.


An application is not required for this program. However, participants must be 19 years of age by the start of the first course.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.


Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. Then, register by visiting How to Register & Apply 

Careers & Connections


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


Assiniboine is proud to partner with Durham College on this innovative and immersive online training program. 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.

Tools & Supplies

Technological Requirements

Regular access to a computer (desktop or laptop)


  • Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
  • Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome


  • Compatible Operating System: OS X
  • Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Web cam with audio and video

High speed Internet connection (recommended for optimal student experience)

Word processing software

At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To receive a Cannabis Industry Specialization document of achievement, students must successfully complete four courses and five micro-courses, equaling 71 hours.

Upon successful completion of each micro-course, students will receive a digital badge from Durham College, in addition to the document of achievement from Assiniboine upon completion of all program requirements.

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $2,300. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Course Code
Course Title

(Suggested sequence of study)

Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Law and Ethics*
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis in the Adult-Use Market*
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Importing and Exporting Cannabis*
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Business Operations

(this course consists of the five micro-courses listed below)

Note: Upon completing all five micro-courses, you must notify Durham College via email at cannabis@durhamcollege.ca. Once verified, Durham will issue you the Business Operations course digital badge.  
Cannabis Business Operations: Structure of the Industry
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Business Operations: Production Facility Management
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Business Operations: Processing and Testing
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Business Operations: Cannabis Tracking Systems
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
Cannabis Business Operations: Finance and Resource Management
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. You must search by the course title, not by program name (e.g. Cannabis Law and Ethics, not Cannabis Industry Specialization).

If you cannot find the course you are interested in, please contact Continuing Studies at Assiniboine directly at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8725.

Fast Facts

71 Hours
Program Start
Feb 6, Mar 6 or Apr 10
Document of Achievement
Course Load
Program Details
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Program Information Sheet