Cannabis Education Program

Starting Fall 2018 — Cannabis Education Program






403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655

The Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension at Mount Royal University is excited to offer the Cannabis Education Program in partnership with the continuing and professional studies division of B.C.’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

These online courses — taught by horticulturalists, scientists and marketing specialists with experience in the cannabis industry — position students at the forefront of this booming business. Students gain specialized skills and knowledge designed to meet the demand for a trained workforce in the cannabis sector, which is predicted to reach $22.6 billion within five years. The curriculum has a strong focus on understanding and complying with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The Cannabis Education Program instructs producers, marketers, financial controllers, quality assurance experts and potential entrepreneurs about best practices and regulatory compliance.


Registration opens June 11 at 8:30 a.m. online, in person or by phone at 403.440.3833.



Our suite of courses is designed to provide an extensive overview of the rapidly expanding cannabis market. Benefits include:

  • Learning from professionals working in the industry, including horticulturalists, scientists, marketing specialists, financial experts, quality assurance professionals and regulatory compliance experts
  • Online delivery, open to anyone, anywhere
  • Learning how to become compliant with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)
  • Demonstrating workplace competencies to potential employers in the cannabis industry
  • Courses appear on your MRU transcript

These are introductory courses, intended to introduce you to the evolving cannabis industry and to help guide you through the ACMPR regulatory process.

Program details

Format: Online

Duration: Programs will take between 8 and 13 weeks to complete. Each course requires approximately 14 hours of study per week.

Courses are intended to be completed by anyone working full time and the hours for completion are somewhat flexible within determined timelines.



*Watch for Fall schedule update coming soon


Plant Production and Facility Management

Module One: Plant Production and Facility Management Theory

Students learn to identify key differences in plant characteristics. They become skilled at identifying healthy plant roots and unhealthy plant roots; and learn treatment techniques and how to optimize the environment for healthy root production. Students will also be taught irrigation options and techniques: growing mediums and hydroponic systems; pest management; crop cycles; drying and storage procedures; and Health Canada's strict regulations.

Module Two: Legalities and Regulations: Becoming a Licensed Producer in the ACMPR Business

Learn the history of government regulations in Canada in the cannabis business, and the history of government regulations of international cannabis hot spots. Understand local bylaws and review current legal challenges while developing an Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR) application.

Delivery: Online (13 weeks)
Course fees: $1,499


Cannabis Marketing and Brand Strategy

Module One: Marketing, Sales and Patient Acquisition Strategies

Review Health Canada marketing regulations as you create and implement branding and customer loyalty strategies while identifying target markets.

Module Two: Medical Conditions and Drug Development Processes

Learn the role of health care professionals in the use of medical marijuana, and what medical conditions are treated with cannabis in Canada. Explore dispensaries, the drug development process and alternatives to smoking cannabis.

Delivery: Online (8 weeks)
Course Fees: $1,499


Financing a Cannabis Enterprise in Canada

This course is comprised of four sections:

  1. Public vs Private Markets
  2. Business Planning for Investment Purposes
  3. Pitch Deck & Concepts of a Road Show
  4. Engagement with Investors for Long-Term Success

This course takes a multifaceted approach to the dollars and sense side of the cannabis industry. Students will obtain a high-level understanding of day-to day-operations and long-term capital management.

Delivery: Online (8 weeks)
Course Fees: $1,499

Once you have registered and the course starts, you will have access to the recommended course materials and information on assignments and learning outcomes.

If you are registering for Plant Production and Facility Management or Marketing, Sales and Drug Development, you may wish to pick up a copy of The Cannabis Grow Bible, 3rd edition, by Greg Green in advance.

Course formats may include:

  • Discussion forums
  • Recommended readings
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Final assignment(s) at the end of each module

Each course requires approximately 14 hours of study per week. Time spent may be specific to each individual and their knowledge of the industry. Courses are intended to be completed by anyone working full time and the hours for completion are somewhat flexible within determined timelines.

Career opportunities

There are many facets of the cannabis industry in which to seek employment. Where you end up in the industry will depend on your interests, strengths as an individual, previous work experience and educational background.

  • ACMPR licensed producers (LP) production facilities
    Go to Health Canada's website for a list of licensed producers.

    Key jobs available in the industry are reflected in the four topics of these courses: growers, regulators, marketers and patient experience/customer service experts.
  • ACMPR Investors and Applicant
    These courses help you distinguish yourself from others operating in the cannabis industry with no formal training.

    The ACMPR has received more than 2,000 applications and currently, only 26 have been accepted. In part, the low success rate is due to incomplete applications, a lack of expertise on quality and security systems, and deficient understanding of the ACMPR itself.
  • There are many different suppliers to the industry, including fertilizer manufacturers, lighting distributors, irrigation equipment suppliers, record keeping software, medium distributors and many more. Suppliers who want to supply equipment to a licensed provider or an applicant to the ACMPR require guidance on regulations and how they can best comply with them.

Employment Opportunities

Cannabis at Work website

The job and volunteer opportunities that are posted on the above website are provided solely for the student's information. Mount Royal does not endorse, screen or evaluate these opportunities and has no control over the accuracy of the postings or the quality or safety of the opportunities advertised. It is the student's responsibility to investigate these opportunities to ensure that they are appropriate for the student and meet the student's expectations. If the student is successful at obtaining a position from one of these postings, the student is solely responsible for its employment or volunteer relationship with the external organization or business.