Cannabis Professional Series
Q. What course materials are required and when will they be available?
Once you have registered and the course starts you will have access to the instructor recommended course materials and information on assignments and learning outcomes.
If you will be registering for Plant Production & Facility Management - MEDM 9001 or Marketing, Sales & Drug Development - MEDM 9002, you may wish to pick up a copy of one of the recommended course readings in advance: “The Cannabis Grow Bible” 3rd edition, by Greg Green found new for approximately $60, and used for approximately $30. https://www.amazon.ca/Cannabis-Grow-Bible-Definitive-Recreational/dp/193786636X/ref=dp_ob_image_bk
Q. How much time should I anticipate spending on a course?
Time spent may be specific to each individual and your knowledge of the industry. Each course is between 8-13 weeks in duration and you should anticipate approximately 14 hours of study per week.
Course format may include:
- Discussion forums
- Assignments and recommended readings to help you answer them
- Final Assignment(s) at the end of each module (The Final Assignment(s) are worth the most of your grade and you should leave a bit of time to complete it throughout the course so you don’t get jammed up at the end of the module.)
The courses are intended to be completed by anyone working full time and the hours for completion are somewhat flexible within determined timelines. Review your course schedule and expectations at the beginning of the course to best set yourself up for success.
Q. What grading is used for these courses and what will I get when I finish?
KPU has designated certain courses as Mastery courses. These course demand a clearly defined high standard of performance, in which the student must demonstrate mastery of all knowledge and/or performance requirements. Because of the nature of this grading system, credits earned in this type of course will not be used in calculating the grade point average.
MAS = Mastery. Student has mastered a clearly defined body of skills and performances to required standards.
NCG = No Credit Granted. Student has not met the required standard for the course and/or has not participated to the required level in course activities.
Upon successfully achieving mastery in a course you will be awarded a “Recognition of Achievement” document for your records. MAS or NCG will be applied to your transcript accordingly.
Q. What kinds of careers are available in industry as a result of taking these courses?
There are many parts of industry that you may consider working in including:
ACMPR Licensed Producers (LP) production facilities.
Go to Health Canada’s website for a career directory/job search:
Key jobs available in this area are reflected in the 4 topics of these courses: growers, regulators, marketers and patient experience/customer service experts.
ACMPR Investors and Applicants.
These courses help you to distinguish yourself apart from others operating in industry with no formal training.
There are over 2000 applicants to the ACMPR and only 26 have been accepted. In part, the low success rate is due to incomplete applications and a lack of expertise in the industry on quality and security systems as well as the ACMPR itself.
Suppliers to the Cannabis Industry.
There are many different suppliers to industry from fertilizer manufacturers, lighting distributors, irrigation equipment suppliers, record keeping software, and medium distributors. The list goes on. For any supplier to provide equipment to a LP or an applicant to the ACMPR they need some sort of guidance on the regulations and how they can best comply with them.
Where you end up placing yourself in the industry will heavily rely on your interests and strengths as an individual and also what your existing work experience and background in education is. These are introductory courses only and intended to help you make more sense of the ACMPR itself.