Best Online Cannabis Schools [Updated for 2019]
Monday, Oct 22, 2018

Now that the weed industry is becoming, you know, a little more “professionalized” here in the US, more and more people are looking to get hooked up with a high-paying career in the cannabis sector. As the majority of applicants are finding out, however, it’s not easy to get a job in the marijuana industry.

As such, thousands of applicants are looking for ways to beef up their resume in the hopes of increasing their appeal to would-be employers. And the common assumption when it comes to boosting qualification for a certain job description? Go to school and get certified for it, of course.

Online searches for the best marijuana schools have spiked in recent years, and it’s no secret as to why: by most estimations, the North American legal cannabis market will be worth around $50 billion by 2027. People are wanting to get in on this epic cash flow, and they’re wanting to get in on it early.

REVIEW Yes “I had a blast, I loved it. And while I knew a lot, I still learned things. There is not just one way of doing anything… I learned a lot while I was there.” “[I don’t care] how much information you can find online, you do NOT have access to actually have hands-on [experiences with] all phases of the plant – every student learns how to germinate, and [perform] cloning, cutting clones off a mother, planting them, and [cutting] a new harvest…” “If you learn better being “taught” [rather than teaching yourself online], then Oaksterdam is probably the best place to go.” “I graduated from the second class back in 2007. I learned a few new tricks. I have had growing experience so it was not to hard to finish.” “I would suggest just buying older used horticulture textbooks online and reading those…” “If you are a seasoned grower with lots of time and experience I don’t think the initial class will be worth your time … [that said] if you [don’t have] at least 3 years of grows under your belt, you will learn something.” “I know someone who took their 6-week course. Best they got out of it was networking connections really.” Review Yes “I went to Cannabis Training University this year and it was excellent. Extremely informative and affordable. I landed a cannabis job as a budtenderwith the CTU credentials and CTU is widely respected in the cannabis industry.” “The program at CTU had very well done videos and many ebooks, along with quizzed and a very good exam. I was impressed with the amount of effort put into it and the low price they charged.” “The knowledge you gain is useful, but that degree/certificate might not even be accepted in most places. IMO I’d hold out for a more official and widely accepted institution [that offers] degrees.” “If you show up in a legal state fresh off the bus and go to a dispensary looking for a job, they aren’t going to care that you took some $300 course on the internet…” “CTU is an online-only program with no hands-on training.” “A certificate from a Cannabis College like CTU is definitely nice to have, but not necessarily worth it, depending on what state you’re in…” REVIEW Yes “Though these universities generally offer no cannabis-specific certification, Denver’s Clover Leaf University certainly does.” “They are approved by the Division of Private Occupational Schools, so yes, they are approved to operate in the state of Colorado as a school.” -Lorna Candler, Colorado Department of Higher Education No online courses currently available REVIEW Yes “I have a couple friends who tired their Level-1 (Interpening) class and said it was well worth the fee…” Can complete a certification in as little as one day Not a massive selection of programs/certifications/courses to choose from REVIEW Yes “The great thing about THC University is they have partnered with some of the most respected names in the industry. If you say you took a growing course from Jorge Cervantes, a prospective employer will know for sure that you possess the minimum knowledge to start from.” “While Jorge Cervantes is a very well-respected grower in the cannabis community, other teachers at THC University are equally well-respected including Max Montrose who teaches interpening.” “I tried the 3-day trial, info was super basic and some outdated (states legalization info outdated). Wouldn’t hurt to try the trial, but I would cancel afterwards.” “The website makes it seem like it’s a good basic introduction to growing and business. I can’t imagine that you will be getting much more than access to some online content for $50/month though.”