A new online course aimed at cannabis growers from commercial professionals to home enthusiasts is being offered by the University of Guelph.
'Cannabis Production' will be offered beginning this September as part of a new cannabis specialization in U of G’s existing horticulture certificate program, the U of G said in a news release.
A second course in cannabis regulations and quality assurance will also begin in January with registration opening in September.
The Cannabis Production course is already full with 60 students enrolled for the fall.
The new offerings will be among only a few cannabis production courses available so far at universities and colleges in Canada, said Marjory Gaouette, manager, program development with Open Learning and Educational Support.
Referring to federal legalization of cannabis in 2018, Gaouette said, “In the past year, we’ve had a significant increase in people calling, looking for courses.”
Both courses will be geared to commercial growers looking to enter the expanding cannabis industry or to upgrade their skills, as well as home growers.
The course was designed and will be taught by master's student Brandon Yep.
It will include growing basics, including lighting and irrigation systems, growing media, pest and disease management, and post-harvest curing and packaging. The course will also discuss aspects of botany, cannabis history, the growing Canadian industry and medical uses of the plant.