Online Cannabis Science and Industry Certificate

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Cannabis Science and Industry

Gain the skills you need to succeed in America’s fastest-growing industry with PennWest’s nine-credit, online Cannabis certificate.

Developed with input from cannabis industry professionals, it prepares you to work in a variety of positions in medical clinics, dispensaries and grower-processor companies.

PennWest’s Cannabis certificate program combines the science of medical cannabis with the science of growing and manufacturing of the product and critical policy and compliance issues that the industry faces.

Each of the courses are taught by industry experts with years of research experience in Medical Cannabis and Cannabis Plant Biology, as well as industry experience in the blossoming Pennsylvania cannabis market.

It’s the ideal certificate to add on to your current undergraduate degree or program because it offers you many opportunities for professional advancement in a rapidly growing field.

It is suitable for high school graduates who want to advance their position and their income-earning abilities within the cannabis industry, as well as anyone who is pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree. You can also use it to enhance an existing bachelor’s degree in high-demand fields that are necessary components of the cannabis industry.

With Edinboro’s Cannabis Certificate in hand, you will be ready to bring added value to variety of positions in medical clinics, dispensaries and grower-processor companies. Jobs are diverse and may include:

  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Cultivation technician
  • Data analyst
  • Lab technician
  • Patient care specialist
  • Quality compliance manager
  • Sales associate

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Add to any major or build other certificate programs around the Cannabis certificate.


Arms you with the expertise you need to succeed in multiple positions within the expanding cannabis industry.

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Projected job growth in the cannabis industry by 2029, according to Forbes magazine.




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Careers and Salaries

Job opportunities in the cannabis industry are extensive and require a variety of skills and interests. You may choose to work on the agricultural side of the business, where crops are raised, harvested and processed. Or you may want to work in a dispensary, providing excellent customer service. Or you may opt to work behind the scenes of a cannabis business, as a marketing manager or accountant. While entry-level jobs such as bud trimmers or cultivators do not necessarily require a college degree, many employers require a bachelor’s degree or perhaps even advanced graduate degrees as well as experience in the field.

Salaries range widely, depending on the job position, education and level of experience. For example, according to, a master grower can earn between $50,000-$150,000 per year, while a marketing director in the cannabis industry can make from $71,000-$200,000 per year.

Program Outcomes

  1. Explore clinical research regarding and the medical therapeutic use of cannabis in the context of the US health care system.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Federal and State Cannabis policy and regulations relative to the Cannabis Industry
  3. Gain a physiological understanding of cultivation, harvesting, and post-harvest processing, extraction and testing practices of different cannabis products.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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