Overview

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.

Admissions

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

 

NEXT STEP

To see a full list of Cannabis Industry Specialization courses, visit the Continuing Studies eGuide.

To register, enrol instantly by visiting myacc.assiniboine.net. If you’re new to Assiniboine, choose “MyACC for Continuing Studies” to view courses, pay, and create a login at checkout. If you’ve previously taken an Assiniboine course, use your MyACC username and password to login (student access does not expire) and then click “MyACC for Continuing Studies”.

Note: The five micro courses (Production Facility Management, Processing and Testing, Structure of the Industry, Cannabis Tracking Systems, and Finance and Resource Management) are self-paced and allow up to two weeks complete, but are only listed on MYACC for instant enrollment as a monthly offering (May 10, June 14, July 12, and Aug 9). Students can request to begin on any Monday by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net. or by phone at 204-725-8725.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Potential career and industry options may include various business-related positions in the cannabis industry including; sales, marketing, HR, and finance

 

Connections

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)

PC

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

Mac

  • 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 course, students 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.

Below are all the courses in a suggested sequence of study.

Course Code
Course Title
Hours
BUSN-0186
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals
14
LAWG-0094
Cannabis Law and Ethics*
14
BUSN-0187
Cannabis in the Adult-Use Market*
14
BUSN-0188
Importing and Exporting Cannabis*
14
BUSN-0189
Cannabis Business Operations

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

 
BUSN-0190
Cannabis Business Operations: Structure of the Industry
3
AGRC-0298
Cannabis Business Operations: Production Facility Management
3
AGRC-0299
Cannabis Business Operations: Processing and Testing
3
BUSN-0192
Cannabis Business Operations: Cannabis Tracking Systems
3
BUSN-0191
Cannabis Business Operations: Finance and Resource Management
3

*Prerequisite: BUSN-0186 Medical Cannabis Fundamentals

To register, enrol instantly by visiting myacc.assiniboine.net. If you’re new to Assiniboine, choose “MyACC for Continuing Studies” to view courses, pay, and create a login at checkout. If you’ve previously taken an Assiniboine course, use your MyACC username and password to login (student access does not expire) and then click “MyACC for Continuing Studies”.

Note: The five micro courses (Production Facility Management, Processing and Testing, Structure of the Industry, Cannabis Tracking Systems, and Finance and Resource Management) are self-paced and allow up to two weeks complete, but are only listed on MYACC for instant enrollment as a monthly offering. Students can request to begin on any Monday by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net. or by phone at 204-725-8725.

 

FAQs

Why can I not register for all course offerings online through MyACC?

The five micro courses (Production Facility Management, Processing and Testing, Structure of the Industry, Cannabis Tracking Systems, and Finance and Resource Management) are self-paced and allow up to two weeks complete, but are only listed on MYACC for instant enrollment as a monthly offering (May 10, June 14, July 12, and Aug 9). Students can request to begin on any Monday by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net. or by phone at 204-725-8725.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes. Medical Cannabis Fundamentals must be completed first as it's a prerequisite to all the other courses.

Do I need to take the Business Operations course?

No. You complete Business Operations (BUSN-0190) following the successfully completion of the 5 micro-courses.

What are digital badges and how do you get them?

A digital badge is a recognition for the learning(s) outside the traditional academic records. Digital badges validate the accomplishment, skill, or competencies earned in learning environments, where the learning environment is typically online. 

Upon the successful completion of each course you will receive a digital badge from Durham College. Note that the Cannabis Business Operations course consists of 5 micro-courses. Upon successfully completing all 5 micro-courses, Durham will issue a Business Operations digital badge.

 

Is there a scheduled time to attend the courses or are they self-paced?

The 5 micro-courses are 3 hours but are delivered online and instructorless. Once registered you have access to the course and must compete the required modules and assignments prior to the course end date (2 weeks to complete).

The non-micro-courses are delivered online through a scheduled interactive online simulcast. You require access to a computer with high-speed internet and camera for the duration of class each day. Prior to the class starting you will receive an email detailing the login instructions. 

 

FAQs

How do I register for a course?

To register, enrol instantly by visiting myacc.assiniboine.net. If you’re new to Assiniboine, choose “MyACC for Continuing Studies” to view courses, pay, and create a login at checkout. If you’ve previously taken an Assiniboine course, use your MyACC username and password to login (student access does not expire) and then click “MyACC for Continuing Studies”.

Note: The five micro courses (Production Facility Management, Processing and Testing, Structure of the Industry, Cannabis Tracking Systems, and Finance and Resource Management) are self-paced and allow up to two weeks complete, but are only listed on MYACC for instant enrollment as a monthly offering (May 10, June 14, July 12, and Aug 9). Students can request to begin on any Monday by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net. or by phone at 204-725-8725.

Do I need to apply to the program?

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

Is there a particular sequence to take the courses?

Medical Cannabis Fundamentals is a prerequisite for all the courses and must be taken first. There is a suggested sequence, identified above in the listing of courses.

Is there a scheduled time to attend the courses or are they self-paced?

The 5 micro-courses are 3 hours but are delivered online and instructorless. Once registered you have access to the course and must compete the required modules and assignments prior to the course end date (2 weeks to complete).

The non-micro-courses are delivered online through a scheduled interactive online simulcast. You require access to a computer with high-speed internet and camera for the duration of class each day. Prior to the class starting you will receive an email detailing the login instructions. 

What are digital badges and how do you receive them?

A digital badge is a recognition for the learning(s) outside the traditional academic records. Digital badges validate the accomplishment, skill, or competencies earned in learning environments, where the learning environment is typically online. 

Upon the successful completion of each course you will receive a digital badge from Durham College. Note that the Cannabis Business Operations course consists of 5 micro-courses. Upon successfully completing all 5 micro-courses, Durham will issue you a Business Operations  digital badge.

 

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes. Medical Cannabis Fundamentals must be completed first as it's a prerequisite to all the other courses.

Why can I not register for all course offerings online through MyACC?

The five micro courses (Production Facility Management, Processing and Testing, Structure of the Industry, Cannabis Tracking Systems, and Finance and Resource Management) are self-paced and allow up to two weeks complete, but are only listed on MYACC for instant enrollment as a monthly offering (May 10, June 14, July 12, and Aug 9). Students can request to begin on any Monday by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net. or by phone at 204-725-8725.

 

Fast Facts

Length
71 hours
Program Start
No application is required to begin the program. BUSN-0186 Medical Cannabis Fundamentals is the prerequisite for all courses
Distance Education Start
Jul 10, Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 23, Nov 30 or Dec 4
Credential
Document of Achievement
Course Load
Part-time
Program Details
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
204.725.8725
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Locations
Program Information Sheet