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Cannabis Applied Science

Available as a one-year program

The legalization of cannabis has created a burgeoning cannabis job market, both within Canada and internationally. Develop the in-depth skills needed to support cannabis product development, inform process optimization, and address natural product quality, consistency and safety within this emerging industry.

Want to learn more about this program? Join us on Saturday, November 6 for a live Cannabis Applied Science program webinar via Zoom.


This program will be delivered in a hybrid format in the Fall semester. For more information, please visit our Fall Program Delivery page.

  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Graduates are prepared to work in a range of roles in the evolving cannabis industry and natural product sector including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Cannabis quality assurance manager
  • Lead processing technician
  • Formulation chemist

Is it for you?

You may be well suited for a career in the cannabis industry if you:

  • Are flexible and adaptable to change
  • Possess strong math and science skills
  • Seek out creative and innovative solutions to problems
  • Are inquisitive and resourceful
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and exploring new technologies

Experiential learning

This hands-on program is delivered in collaboration with Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC), Canada’s only College laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations, as listed on the Government of Canada’s website.

Develop the in-demand skills needed for success in the cannabis industry through unparalleled training experiences:

  • Study in a Health Canada licensed facility on advanced extraction technologies with an array of state-of-the art analytical instrumentation. A focus on green technologies, such as supercritical CO2 extraction, aligns with industry’s transition away from the use of petrochemical solvents.
  • Learn how to apply a range of lab techniques for the extraction and analysis of cannabis to increase the quality, consistency and safety of cannabis and cannabis products.
  • Understand relevant legislations, regulations and guidelines pertaining to the cannabis industry, and explore appropriate security and safety protocols.
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world challenges through work integrated learning (WIL) with Licensed Producers.

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