The University of Illinois Springfield,
Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) presents
Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture Certificate
The knowledge professional legal growers need to succeed.
Cannabis agriculture is a complex but rewarding process. One that takes insightful understanding to achieve successful results. This non-credit 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 cannabis qualification.
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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. From botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law & Policy, FDA regulation, and an exploration of medical cannabis, including the biochemistry of phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids.
- 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 & 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.
- Botany and Genetics
- Seeds, Germination, and Transplanting
- Soil and Growing Media
- Cannabis Light Sources
- Watering Essentials
- The Vegatative Cycle
Cannabis Agriculture & 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.
- 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
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
Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real world setting.
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 2019, Illinois reported over $327 million in legal cannabis sales. Leafly’s 2020 Cannabis Jobs Report projects over $600 million in sales by the end of 2021.
Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report & The New York Times
In 2020, Illinois reported over 9,000 cannabis jobs (and growing).
Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
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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