Prepare for cannabis industry jobs - 2021/2022
Please note: The Fall 2020 intake of this program has been suspended.
In this one-year graduate certificate program, students will study analytical chemistry lab techniques, cannabis crop science, and microbiology in order to apply their scientific knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the emerging cannabis industry.
What sets our cannabis courses apart
- Science-based program focused on new product development, propagation, and quality assurance;
- Cannabis courses take place in cutting-edge labs and prepare you for industry jobs;
- Prepares you with cannabis regulatory knowledge to work in licensed environments;
- Courses are developed in partnership with cannabis industry experts to ensure you exceed industry requirements.
The program prepares students to analyze cannabis for quality, safety, and stability, and contribute to research and development, including the development of new cannabis products. In addition to scientific techniques, students will study the regulatory context of the cannabis industry, and develop their scientific communication and project management skills.
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
Admission RequirementsOntario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree, or equivalent in a scientific discipline
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
Successful completion of the following advanced-level college or university courses:
- Organic Chemistry
- Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Cannabis Applied Science-2021/2022
|CHEM-6003||Analytical Chemistry Lab Techniques 1||2.5|
|This course will introduce students to instrumentation used in the study of cannabinoids. Students will learn interpretation of results from industrial protocols, certificate of analysis. Sample preparation and preparation of a sampling plan including quality control measures will mimic the workplace environment. Industry association protocols from AOAC, ISO and HAACP will be taught. Through the writing and auditing of standard operating procedures and their validation and optimization, students will be prepared for an industrial lab.|
|CHEM-6004||Chemistry of Cannabis||2|
|Students learn the properties of chemical groups in cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Chemical contaminants resulting from crop growth and processing, including heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, cleaning agents, water and environmental contaminants, are analyzed.|
|Students develop scientific communication skills in reporting scientific data using a variety of media. Students prepare posters and oral presentations to practice communicating research data to their peers. Projects focus on synthesizing observational data into reports for various stakeholders in the framework of regulations. In addition to learning how to make posters and perform oral presentations, students will learn technical writing skills.|
|LAWS-6043||Principles of Cannabis Regulations||3|
|Regulations surrounding cannabis production and processing will be explored. Fundamental aspects of internal and external laboratory auditing will be taught. Students will prepare an audit plan for meeting laboratory accreditation requirements. Bioethics will be introduced relative to the moral issues of cannabis regulatory compliance. Specifics of Cannabis testing requirements while following the Cannabis regulations are taught. Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations as it pertains to edible cannabis products are examined.|
|HORT-6004||Cannabis Crop Science||3.5|
|In this predominantly lab based course, students learn Cannabis culture methods. Skills are taught with a focus on commercial production facilities. Aspects of plant propagation including aseptic technique, micropropagation, breeding, tissue culture and cloning and media preparation are practiced in labs. Additionally, yield optimization and disease and pest control to minimize product contamination are central to the teaching. Post-harvest processing practices are also explored. An emphasis is placed on biological products. Students will perform proper data collection and notebook maintenance. Theory will complement lab work and include aspects of crop management. An emphasis will be placed on genomics-based breeding practices and genome editing. Students will examine cannabinoid biosynthetic pathways.|
|Students will learn theory and lab practices related to industrial microbiology. The main themes will be quality assurance programs in Cannabis processing, edible product testing, raw product testing, and food and crop processing. Microbiological contaminates will be tested by culture and molecular methods while mycotoxins will be tested with immunoaffinity assays. Current industry standards will be taught in class and reinforced in the lab, including HACCP, GMP, Good Production Practices and GLP. Students will practice industry-standard protocols for enumeration and detection of microbes from various substances.|
|CHEM-6005||Analytical Chemistry Lab Techniques 2||3.5|
|Students will perform qualitative and quantitative analyses on cannabis. Techniques for sample extraction, identification and quantification of cannabinoids will be compared. Testing method validation principles and requirements are outlined. Students will use mass spectrometry and chromatography to analyze samples.|
|This course introduces the essentials of the project management discipline, and prepares students to manage project teams, project schedules, budgets and quality requirements. Students learn the process of analyzing, creating and managing a functional project plan and the various project management processes for managing and controlling a project through to fruition. This course brings all of the Project Management Institute (PMI) knowledge areas of project management together into a consolidated whole, and gives the student an understanding of project management methodologies as well as the tools and techniques used to plan, execute and control various types of projects.|
|RSCH-6012||Applied Research Project||3|
|This lab-based course consists of a student-led applied research project. Students will form a hypothesis after conducting a literature review in a field related to cannabis. The projects will involve applied cannabis production, processing, and testing. Students will design experiments to test the hypothesis, based on published protocols. Students will write standard operating procedures for their experiments, conduct the experiments with appropriate controls, and troubleshoot as problems arise. Data will be presented in reports and presentations. The experience will prepare students for independent work in the lab.|
|Students will learn the fundamentals of manufacturing a stable product with desired characteristics. Botanical product pharmacopoeial requirements are applied. Choosing compounds that do not react and allow bioactive cannabinoids to remain available for absorption and stable over time will be the focus with consideration of cost. Manufacturing products in an industrial setting will be the context. Students learn methods for product stability testing.|
Careers - 2021/2022
This program was developed in extensive consultation with cannabis industry experts who identified a high demand for graduates who could help address the need for research-based scientific controls in the industry. Between 2017 and 2018, there was a 266% increase in cannabis-related jobs in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2018, online), with 60% of licenced growers residing in Ontario.
Careers in this area will include quality assurance, product development, processing technician, and formulation chemist. Graduates could work in conjunction with Master Growers at licensed cannabis producers to ensure a consistent, quality and safe product.
More Information - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419
Program DescriptionIn this one-year graduate certificate program, students will study analytical chemistry lab techniques, cannabis crop science, and microbiology in order to apply their scientific knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the emerging cannabis industry. The program prepares students to analyze cannabis for quality, safety, and stability, and contribute to research and development, including the development of new cannabis products. In addition to scientific techniques, students will study the regulatory context of the cannabis industry, and develop their scientific communication and project management skills.
- While a criminal record check is not a requirement for the program a criminal record check is required to work in the industry.
- Collect, analyze and summarize data on cannabis cultivation to optimize yield and quality in a variety of production models;
- Perform all tasks in compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, and security measures for legal cannabis production and processing;
- Evaluate current research to apply best practices for sustainability and innovation in the cannabis industry;
- Use laboratory procedures to conduct quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses of cannabis products to test product quality, safety and stability;
- Write, follow, validate and optimize standard operating procedures to extract and analyze cannabis products;
- Apply business principles to manage resources effectively in a cannabis lab;
- Evaluate product safety using quality assurance programs and processes;
- Design, plan, and manage projects to meet industry demands;
- Communicate scientific data from lab procedures and scientific literature effectively to licensed producers and stakeholders.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.
Full Time Offerings
- The Board of Governors of Fanshawe College is seeking applications for membership to fill three vacancies on the Board commencing September 1, 2021.
- Fanshawe's St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus encourages adult learners to consider educational options this fall.