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Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabis Cultivation

Gain the entry-level, specialized training you need to join the fast-growing cannabis industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
18 Weeks
College Certificate
$1,758 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.


The commercial cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and companies are looking for skilled workers to support the production of high-quality cannabis products.

This 18-week program gives you the foundational industry-needed knowledge and skills to cultivate medical and recreational cannabis.

You learn:

  • The biology of cannabis and horticulture science
  • Cultivation practices of cannabis growth, including crop management, plant nutrition, environmental controls, sanitation practices and pest control
  • Post-production procedures including trimming, drying, quality control and packaging
  • How to use plant growth and environmental control data to assess crop health and quality
  • Regulatory requirements for the safe and legal production and packaging of cannabis

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older before classes begin.

Program requirements

  • A clear, current, official Criminal Record Check may be required to complete work placements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete the program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 3 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Employment opportunities in this industry are growing. You graduate ready to work in the recreational or medicinal cannabis industry as a grower, grower technician or production technician.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in horticultural greenhouses and through projects that provide opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.
  • You have many opportunities to network with industry specialists, on- and off-campus, through guest speakers and field trips.

Other info

  • You receive the following certifications:
    • Pesticide Applicators License (Greenhouse)
    • Good Agricultural Collection Practices (GACP)
    • Good Production Practices (GPP)
  • Note: You may be exposed to substances that affect people with food allergies and/or sensitivities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CANN 1000   Security and Regulations for Cannabis Production
CANN 1100   Commercial Quality Plant Production
CANN 1200   Cannabis Production Practices
CANN 1300   Quality Control and Crop Management
CANN 1800   Work Experience
HPRA 1019   Horticulture Science I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1300   Cannabis Production Workplace Safety and Portfolio

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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