Horticulture Track

Cannabis Careers
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Instructor Led - 4 Weeks per Course
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The Horticulture Track prepares individuals for a career in the cannabis horticulture industry. Our 3 course program will cover topics such as commercial growing, laws, policies, and the quality of the cannabis

Cannabis Commercial Growing

Are you interested in growing commercial cannabis but intimidated by the growing process? If so, this course is for you. Our Cannabis Commercial Growing course introduces you to the step by step process of growing medical-grade cannabis without making it complicated. We explore how to create and structure a perfect growing environment and we cover elements related to ventilation, lighting, temperature, water, feeding, cloning, flowering, pests, diseases, and harvesting. By following the processes outlined in this course, you’ll be able to produce a bountiful cannabis harvest.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course.

** Course Subject to Change.

Maximizing Quality Cannabis

One in five Americans now lives in a legalized state. Cannabis is a crop that is being grown much more often across the world. In our Maximizing Quality Cannabis course, we explore the steps and techniques related to harvesting, such as pruning, trimming, drying, curing, and storing. We also discuss the life cycle of cannabis, water hash, and making BHO. 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course.

** Course Subject to Change.

Cannabis Laws and Policies

The laws and policies that regulate cannabis cultivation, sale, and its uses are constantly evolving. Cannabis is still federally illegal, but the landscape is rapidly progressing towards the acceptance of cannabis for medical and recreational uses. Although still hotly debated, there is much evidence that shows the benefits of using cannabis to treat various disorders, diseases, and illnesses. Our Cannabis Laws and Policies course describes the current political landscape, federal laws vs. state laws, financial and tax implications, as well as the future of cannabis legalization. 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course.

** Course Subject to Change.

** Course Subject to Change.

Cannabis Commercial Growing

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall basic methods and items needed for growing cannabis
  • Recognize proper techniques related to ventilation, temperature, and lighting
  • Identify elements related to water, feeding, and cloning
  • Describe aspects of flowering and harvesting and controlling pests and diseases

Maximizing Quality Cannabis

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall basics of the cannabis life cycle and harvesting strategies
  • Recognize finishing ingredients, flushing methods, and strategies for ripening
  • Identify the basics of picking, trimming, and drying
  • Describe the process for curing and storing cannabis

Cannabis Laws and Policies

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall aspects of cannabis consumerism, safety, and regulations
  • Recognize characteristics of cultivation, manufacturing, production, and retail sale of cannabis
  • Identify banking and financial implications
  • Describe federal, state, local, and tax laws related to cannabis 

Cannabis Commercial Growing

Cannabis Commercial Growing Module 1
Cannabis and System Basics

The needs of the cannabis plant are actually very basic! Our first module introduces you to the anatomy of the cannabis plant and how to identify the gender. Then we move into the symbiotic rotation process and items needed to start developing your growroom and/or greenhouse.

  • Cannabis Gender
  • Grow Security
  • The Symbiotic Rotation Process
  • Growroom Basics
  • Tips for Greenhouse Growing

Cannabis Commercial Growing Module 2
Ventilation, Temperature, Lighting, Germination

Our second module discusses growing mediums, ventilation, heat, CO2, and lighting. We also describe how to choose a cultivator, propagating clones, and germinating seeds intended for outdoor growth.

  • Growing Medium
  • Ventilation, Heat, and CO2
  • Lighting
  • Cultivator
  • Seed Germination

Cannabis Commercial Growing Module 3
Water, Feeding, Cloning

In our third module we explore how to prepare the plants for the flowering process. We discuss water quality, preparation, pH levels, soil, and fertilizers. We also describe what a clone is and various cloning tips. 

  • Vegetative Growth
  • Water Quality and Preparation
  • Composition
  • Liquid Concentrated Nutrient
  • Cloning

Cannabis Commercial Growing Module 4
Flowering, Harvest, Pests, and Diseases

We’ll discuss the flowering state in our final module, how to harvest the plants properly, and steps for curing. We also explore typical problems that can develop with the plants, such as mold, pests, diseases, and nutrient deficiencies. Finally, we describe the basics of making hash.

  • The Flowering Stage
  • Harvesting
  • Curing
  • Mold, Pests
  • Diseases and Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Hash Making

Maximizing Quality Cannabis

Maximizing Quality Cannabis Module 1
Harvesting Strategies

Harvesting, drying, and curing are vital processes for growers because each contributes to the overall quality and final product. Our first module discusses the basic strategies for working with the plant, harvesting, pruning, and the cannabis life cycle.

  • The Evolution of Harvesting
  • Cannabis Life Cycle
  • Harvesting Early or Late
  • Working Within Plant and Canopy Limits
  • Pruning Techniques

Maximizing Quality Cannabis Module 2
Finishing, Flushing, and Ripening

In this module, we discuss finishing products and ingredients that help enhance growth. We also describe flushing techniques that flush out old nutrients and replace them with new flowering formulas. Finally, we explore ripening techniques.

  • Finishing Products and Ingredients
  • Flushing Methods
  • Flushing Techniques
  • Disrupting the Photoperiod
  • Preparing for Bad Weather

Maximizing Quality Cannabis Module 3
Picking, Trimming, and Drying

In this module, we describe the steps and styles that can be used for picking your harvest. We also examine the parts of the plant that need to be trimmed, as well as various techniques for drying the product.
Picking Styles

  • Equipment Used for Harvesting
  • Parts to be Trimmed
  • Trimming Styles and Strategies
  • Drying Techniques

Maximizing Quality Cannabis Module 4
Curing and Storing

In our final module, we describe techniques for curing your product, which is when the water is removed while retaining the terpenes. We also discuss how to store your final product.

  • Keys to Curing
  • Water Curing
  • Storing Materials
  • After the Harvest
  • Water Hash

Cannabis Laws and Policies

Cannabis Laws and Policies Module 1
Federal, State, and Local Laws

For as long as cannabis has been illegal, people have been trying to legalize it. The argument is being made that cannabis consumption is far less harmful than alcohol, which is legal. In this first module, we discuss factors associated with supply, demand, and consumerism. We also define various laws at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Consumerism of Cannabis
  • Supply and Demand
  • Consumer Safety
  • Consumer Problems
  • Regulations at Every Level

Cannabis Laws and Policies Module 2
Lobbying, Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Production

Cannabis legalization and lobbying go hand in hand. We’ll discuss groups dedicated to lobbying and advocacy. Also, in this module we’ll describe aspects of cannabis cultivation, testing, manufacturing, production and retail sales. 

  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Requirements for Licensure
  • Cannabis Agriculture
  • Testing Labs
  • Standards

Cannabis Laws and Policies Module 3
Banking and Financial Implications

One of the biggest issues that commercial cannabis faces is the lack of access to the U.S. banking industry. Most banks and credit institutions that receive insurance from the FDIC will not take money that is associated with cannabis. This module discusses banking and financial implications associated with owning and operating a cannabis related business.

  • Credit Crunch
  • Investment
  • Stocks and Public Companies
  • State by State
  • Nation by Nation

Cannabis Laws and Policies Module 4
Taxation and the Future of Cannabis

There’s no denying the tax ramifications of recreational and medical cannabis. What are states doing with all of their newfound income? This module discusses cannabis taxes and ramifications, as well as various tax models. Finally, we examine the future of legalizing cannabis.

  • National Taxes
  • Tax Models
  • Media
  • Congressional Action
  • Future of Cannabis

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Upon successful completion of our Horticulture Track, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Cannabis Horticulture Specialist (CCHS).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

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Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player