University of California, Riverside University Extension presents
Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture Certificate
The knowledge professional growers need to succeed.
Cannabis agriculture is a complex but rewarding process. One that takes insightful understanding to achieve successful results. This for-credit Specialized Study Program provides both novice and experienced growers with the accurate information needed to effectively engage in cannabis production, management, and cultivation.
In six months, you’ll learn how to care for cannabis plants, study cannabis botany and genetics, and explore plant growth techniques. As you gain experience, you’ll elect to specialize in the indoor or outdoor grow track with immersive and experiential learning opportunities to work hands-on with hemp or dioecious plants.
In the past, cannabis horticulture has been stigmatized, with a lack of industry standards resulting in misinformation. Here, you’ll have access to accurate and informative learnings from expert growers, as you develop a portfolio of work and earn a credible certificate of completion award.
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Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture Courses
Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries
An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face. Main topics covered in the course include:
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture I: Plant Care and the Vegetative Cycle
Explore the cultivation process and life cycles of the cannabis plant. Coursework includes botany, genetics, seed germination, and the development of a hospitable growth environment. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Botany and Genetics
- Seeds, Germination, and Transplanting
- Soil and Growing Media
- Cannabis Light Sources
- Watering Essentials
- The Vegatative Cycle
Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture II: The Flowering Cycle and Maximizing Yields
Focus on the cannabis flowering cycle, in relation to plant metabolism, reproduction, and growth. Review strategies for dealing with environmental challenges, and techniques for harvesting, processing and storage. The course culminates with a final portfolio of resources for responsibly building and managing a grow site. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Cannabis Plant Chemistry
- Introduction to the Flowering Cycle
- Pests, Diseases, and Threats
- Harvesting and Drying
- Trimming and Processing
- Curing and Storage
- Industrial Hemp
Expert Cannabis Educators
Expert Cannabis Educators
Medical Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture features expert instruction from pioneering cannabis cultivation professionals, and respected horticultural experts, including leaders in cannabis plant nutrition, commercial cultivation experts and specialists in sustainability.
The Highest Standards for Online Learning
Green Flower host, second-generation grower, and cannabis connoisseur.
David White, Ph.D.
A specialist in ecosystem restoration and sustainability with a Ph.D. in Medicine from Edinburgh University in Scotland.
Kyra L Rude
Manager, RinCon-Vitova Insectories, Inc.
Guest lecturer and specialist in biological pest control and organic farming and gardening methods. She holds a Biology degree from Purdue University.
Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
In 2019, CA was on track to record $3.1 billion in sales, a 23% growth rate from 2018.
Source : LA Times
By 2024, the legal market in CA is projected to reach $7.2 billion, overtaking the illegal market which has continued to be a significant source of cannabis for California users.
Source : LA Times
Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020
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