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Cannabis Science and Industry Certificate


Gain the skills you need to succeed in America’s fastest growing industry. PennWest Edinboro’s nine-credit Cannabis Certificate was developed with input from cannabis industry professionals to prepare you to work in a variety of positions in medical clinics, dispensaries and grower-processor companies.


Job Prospects are growing.

According to Forbes magazine, legal sales of cannabis in the U.S. hit a record $17.5 billion in 2020. With job growth projected to increase 161 percent by 2029, there’s a clear need for educated employees to work in a variety of cannabis-related fields.

Why Edinboro Stands Out

Our Cannabis Certificate program is the only one of its kind among Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education institutions, and one of the only in the region that offers you multiple pathways to new careers as well as multiple opportunities for educational advancement.

It 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.

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Your Future

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

How Edinboro Supports You

Because we understand you may not be able to attend classes on campus, this certificate is offered completely online and may be completed in less than six months.

The curriculum was developed in collaboration with industry professionals who understand the needs of the growing job market and are eager to create a pipeline of future employees.

The Cannabis Certificate is stackable, meaning you can build other certificates or degree programs on top of it. 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.

Edinboro’s Cannabis Certificate program is a model of workforce development that both serves the employee/students by giving them the ability to advance their careers at their own pace, but also allows for employers to support their current and future employees’ educational needs relative to the needs of the organization.
Dr. Scott E. Miller,
Dean, School of Business; Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Interim Dean, College of Science and Health Professions

Next Certificate Offerings

This certificate is an excellent addition to any major, which can be achieved in less than six months.  Each course is delivered asynchronously, over a 7-week term.

Course Session Offered Date Range of Course
SOC 114: Cannabis Policy and Compliance Summer 2022 (2nd 7-week term) June 29 - Aug. 17
PSYCH 114: Medical Cannabis Fall 2022, Term A Aug. 22 - Oct. 12
BIO 114: Cannabis Agricultural Science Fall 2022, Term B Oct. 17 - Dec. 8

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Samuel Claster
Department Chair
118 Hendricks Hall
Phone: 814-732-1551

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Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about applying or to schedule a campus visit.
Phone: 814-732-2761

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