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Cannabis Product Development & Design Certificate

Embark on a journey to master the creation of a diverse array of cannabis products, including gummies, chocolates, oils, tinctures, and more. You’ll delve deep into the science of cannabis extraction, how to craft exceptional products that cater to a variety of preferences and needs, and strategies for building a compelling cannabis brand. Elevate your expertise and position yourself at the forefront of cannabis product innovation.

Cannabis Product Development & Design program has been meticulously crafted to guide you through the intricate and amazing world of cannabis product development.

This all-encompassing program begins with the foundational principles of cannabis science, covering the essentials of industry terminology, decarboxylation, and various extraction techniques ranging from solventless methods to supercritical fluid extractions.

As you progress, dive deeper into the art of product creation, mastering the formulation of a diverse array of cannabis products including tinctures, topicals, chocolates, gummies, and more. Gain cutting-edge insights into nanoemulsion technology, and understand the critical aspects of product safety, packaging, and labeling.

Focusing on branding and package design, this program enables you to develop materials that adhere to regulatory standards while also standing out in the market through their creative flair.

Throughout your journey, interactive exercises, discussion forums, and hands-on projects will enrich your learning experience, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to excel in the ever-evolving cannabis industry today.

Frequent Asked Questions

The programs are self-paced and you can register and begin the courses at any time. Once you complete your registration you’ll receive an email with course access.

Students should expect to dedicate around six hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

These programs are currently not eligible for federal aid, however we do offer a payment plan.

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3 Units 

8 weeks each

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Instructor led, asynchronous

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Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands​


In 2022, there were 417,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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For five years in a row the cannabis industry grew by more than 27%, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022

Discover A New Career Path in The Cannabis Industry

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Expert Cannabis Educators

Learn From Industry Pioneers

Discover the secrets of the booming cannabis industry with engaging video content led by industry pioneers and leading experts. These experts possess extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of the industry and have played a vital role in shaping this emerging field. With their unique insights and research, you will have an unparalleled educational opportunity to master the latest trends and best practices in the cannabis industry. Learn from the best, hone your skills, and achieve your cannabis career goals.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

We are committed to providing you with expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting. Our cutting-edge curriculum is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the cannabis industry. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of our course is optimized for effective learning and retention. With our carefully crafted curriculum, you can be confident that you are receiving an exceptional educational experience that will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

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Guy Rocourt

CEO & Co-Founder, Papa & Barkley

As a pioneer in clean cannabis, Guy has developed and launched a diverse range of award-winning cannabis products, achieving over $100 million in sales and establishing the top cannabis wellness brand in California.

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Dr. Jeff Raber

Cannabis Science Pioneer

Executive Director of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Labs (ACCL), Dr. Raber is a renowned cannabis expert with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from USC and a history of groundbreaking research in cannabis science, including founding The Werc Shop focused on botanical analysis and sustainability in the cannabis industry.

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Lindsay Hurley

Director of Edibles & Workforce Management, Papa & Barkley

Lindsay manages the edible creation process from ingredient sourcing to product delivery, ensuring quality and regulatory compliance throughout. As the workforce manager at P&B, Lindsay has extensive experience translating this knowledge to others, making her your perfect instructor.

Cannabis Product Development & Design Certificate

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
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry

Cannabis Extraction, Products, and Design I:

Begin with an in-depth understanding of industry terminology and the crucial process of decarboxylation. Then explore the detailed aspects of cannabis manufacturing, including the intricacies of product processing and the skillful practice of selecting plant phenotypes. Learn about various extraction methods and their applications, from ice water hash to alcohol dominant and supercritical fluid extractions. This course is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in the technical and scientific aspects of cannabis product development. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Cannabis Input Nomenclature and Decarboxylation
  • Cannabis Processing and Manufacturing
  • The Importance of Pheno-Hunting
  • An Overview of Cannabis Extracts
  • Ice Water Hash and Solventless Solutions
  • Principles and Practice of Alcohol Dominant Extraction
  • Extraction with Sub and Supercritical Fluids

Cannabis Extraction, Products, and Design II:

Explore the creation of a diverse range of cannabis-infused products like tinctures, topicals, chocolates, gummies, and more. Dive into the cutting-edge world of cannabis nanoemulsions and understand the intricacies of product safety, packaging, and labeling. This course culminates with a unit on designing compelling packaging and branding, blending compliance with creativity to leave a lasting impression in the marketplace. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Cannabis Tinctures
  • Cannabis Topicals
  • Cannabis-Infused Chocolate
  • Cannabis-Infused Gummies
  • Cannabis Nanoemulsions
  • Rules and Regulations of Packaging and Labeling
  • Cannabis Product Design of Packaging and Labeling

Discover A New Career Path in Cannabis Product Development & Design

Gain the knowledge employers are looking for so you can become an in-demand professional.