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2021-22 program delivery

To ensure we can safely offer the high-quality learning you expect, we’ve changed how some programs will be delivered. Please visit the “locations & availability” tab to view current program delivery.

Cannabis Cultivation

Gain the specialized training you need to enter the cannabis industry.

A close-up photo of hands in white latex gloves harvesting cannabis in a glass container.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
18 Weeks
College Certificate


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-required knowledge and skills to cultivate medical and adult-use cannabis for the regulated market.

You learn:

  • The biology and botany of cannabis with an appreciation of its historical uses and medicinal benefits.
  • A wide array of cannabis cultivation methodologies (hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, living soil), specific techniques for propagation, canopy management, plant and soil nutrition, environmental controls, sanitation practices, and pest management.
  • Post-production procedures including trimming, drying, curing, quality control, and packaging.
  • How to use plant growth and environmental control data to assess crop health and quality.
  • Fundamentals of Good Production Practices and Good Agricultural and Collecting Practices as they relate to cannabis production for warehouse, greenhouse, or outdoors.
  • Regulatory requirements for the safe and legal production and packaging of cannabis.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is an optional 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

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in horticultural growing facilities 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

  • Note: You may be exposed to substances that affect people with food allergies and/or sensitivities.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

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.


2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

CANN 1050 - Industry Relations
This occupational level course is designed to support student professional development while reinforcing program outcomes. This course includes topics such as employee chain of command and workplace culture. The course will be delivered using guest lectures, field trips, and networking activities with industry professionals, such as licensed producers, equipment manufacturers, and cannabis consultants.

CANN 1150 - Introduction to Cannabis
This occupational level course is designed support cannabis cultivation starting from the seed to Topics will include Cannabis history, medicinal benefits, terminology, anatomy, propagation and reproduction, germination, phenotype, and managing stock plants 'mothers', as it applies to the regulated industry in Canada.

CANN 1200 - Commercial Cultivation Practice
This occupational level course is designed to focus on best practices in the cultivation of plants that are grown under Canadian regulations. This course includes topics such as materials and equipment, fertigation systems, growing mediums, nutrients, lighting and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

CANN 1350 - Quality Assurance and Regulations
This occupational level course is designed to examine Quality Assurance, Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Regulations pertaining to Cannabis cultivation and consumable products in Canada. Topics include quality control, sanitation, biosecurity and biosafety, storage, labelling, destruction, operational procedures, record keeping and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Good Manufacturing Practices; GMP).

HPRA 1019 - Horticulture Science I
This course will introduce learners to the science of horticulture, analyzing plant and soil relationships in the natural environment and increasing their knowledge of the interactions of these relationships by examining sustainable horticulture practices.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

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