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Cannabis Professional

Lackawanna College’s Cannabis Professional certificate program is an intensive, 15-weeks, 17-credit course that prepares individuals who are working in, or who would like to enter, the cannabis industry.

The program prepares students for the cannabis industry with an understanding of propagation, cultivation and extraction, combining theory with hands-on experience.

This is a growing market in the United States. As states continue to decriminalize marijuana, and as medical marijuana use spreads, the country will have an increased need for workers educated in this field.

After completing our cannabis professional certificate, students will receive a Cannabis Professional certificate from Lackawanna College.

What’s Involved in Our Cannabis Certification Program?

There are plenty of benefits of enrolling in Lackawanna College’s cannabis classes.

Participants will receive basic cannabis knowledge and gain hands-on experience working with industrial hemp plants. Coursework accommodates students with our without a background in science or medicine. 

Students will receive instruction in:

  • compliance
  • cultivation
  • distillation
  • extraction
  • marketing

These issues are vital to anyone looking to join the expanding cannabis industry in the United States. Compliance, for example, matters to cannabis retailers because they must always adhere to their state’s specific cannabis laws.

Further, to stand a chance in the hiring process, job candidates must know the basics of cannabis cultivation and extraction. All of this is taught in our program.

Topic areas include:

  • The history of cannabis and how the plant has shaped world and United States politics.
  • The effects of regulations and compliance on today’s industry.
  • Cultivation of the plant
  • Extraction and formulation techniques


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Standing Out from the Competition

Understanding these essentials of the industry can help graduates stand out from the competition when they’re applying for jobs in cannabis. The kind of employment competition that the industry sees is due to the market’s quick growth.

Industrial hemp is estimated to be a $22 billion industry in the United States alone. New regulations as of July 2021 allow marijuana facilities in Pennsylvania to sell hemp products that are grown in the state.

Lackawanna College’s Professional certificate is the first step in program graduates distinguishing themselves from everyone they’ll be up against for jobs.

Recruiters want to know not only that applicants are familiar with the industry but also that they’re passionate about it. If they see that a candidate took cannabis classes and earned a certificate, that will be a good mark counted in that individual’s favor.

Think of it this way: if recruiters have two candidates for a cannabis production job, and only one has demonstrated a commitment to the industry by taking cannabis education courses and earning a certificate, that recruiter is likely to go for the candidate who has put in more work.

Ultimately, graduates who have earned a cannabis certification from Lackawanna College will have the foundational knowledge necessary to find work in the cannabis industry or even build a company with its own brand of products.

Fast Facts about Our Cannabis Certification

  • Space is limited to 20 students. Students must be at least 18 years of age and certify that they have not had a Federal drug conviction in the past 10 years.
  • Tuition for the program is a non-refundable upfront fee of $8,500 plus $750 in lab fees and a $100 program commitment fee. 
  • After successful completion of the cannabis education certificate program, students will receive a Cannabis Professional certificate from Lackawanna College.
  • Licensed graduates can seek employment in areas of the industry such as cannabis growth, extraction, edibles production, packaging, delivery, and dispensing.

Enroll in Lackawanna’s Cannabis Professional Certificate Program

Cannabis, both medicinal and recreational, is a growing business in the United States. For those looking to join it, Lackawanna College is proud to offer our Cannabis Professional program.

Prospective students who are interested in receiving a quality cannabis education that they can take out into the working world, we want to hear from you.

Apply now to earn your Cannabis Professional certificate!