The University of Illinois Springfield,
Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) presents
The Business of Cannabis Certificate
Your future in the cannabis industry starts here.
For anyone considering a career in cannabis or hemp, specialist knowledge is the key to unlocking the industry’s most exciting opportunities. The cannabis landscape is complex, ever changing and unique. This certificate will provide you with a clear understanding of the cannabis industry, how it got there, and where it’s going.
Studying the Business of Cannabis, you’ll develop critical business skills like risk analysis, scaling operations and regulatory compliance. View cannabis — and your future in the industry—with a well-informed and entrepreneurial mindset.
Online study makes this non-credit course ideal for working professionals or anyone looking to access the most experienced educators and professionally designed cannabis coursework available anywhere. Work on each week’s instructor-led assignments at a time that suits you, as you build your expertise and earn a credible credential from a recognized university.
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The Business of Cannabis Courses
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 & Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face.
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Enterprise Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
The Business of Cannabis I : Seed to Sale
Gain a broad understanding of how businesses innovate and adapt to industry trends. Includes fundamentals of cultivation, processing and extraction, manufacturing, lab setup and protocols, distribution, retail and delivery, and licensing, with an emphasis on business ethics.
- The Business of Cannabis Cultivation
- Processing and Manufacturing
- Lab Testing and Analytics
- Cannabis Distribution
- The Cannabis Retail Guide
- Cannabis Real Estate
- Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry
The Business of Cannabis II: Scaling Operations
Dive more deeply into sector-specific challenges in areas like real estate, regulatory compliance, marketing, sales, accounting and finance, human resources, and innovation and investment. Students complete a business portfolio that includes project management materials, risk analysis, accounting and operations reports, and a case study analysis.
- Industrial Hemp
- Regulatory Compliance
- Marketing in the Cannabis Industry
- Sales in the Cannabis Industry
- Accounting and Finance
- Human Resources
- Investment in the Cannabis Industry
Expert Cannabis Educators
Expert Cannabis Educators
The Business of Cannabis features expert instruction and interaction from top executives and entrepreneurs, board-certified doctors and lawyers, advanced professionals in engineering and agriculture, and policy makers.
The Highest Standards for Online Learning
Partner & CIO of Tuatara Capital
An expert in private equity and corporate finance leveraging 20 years of leadership experience from Tuatara Capital, Highbridge, J.P Morgan, and CitiBank.
CEO of SIVA Enterprises
Former President of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force and leading authority in the industry with deep insight into the nuances, regulations, and trends of the cannabis business.
Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, CPA
CEO of Kalogia
A global cannabis business expert leveraging her experience in financial and business management from PwC, Nike, and Fox Entertainment.
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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