• Prepare for cannabis industry jobs - 2020/2021

    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 - 2020/2021

    Ontario 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
    • Microbiology
    • Instrumental Methods of Analysis
    • Calculus

     

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. 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)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Cannabis Applied Science-2020/2021

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    CHEM-6003Analytical Chemistry Lab Techniques 12.5
    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-6004Chemistry of Cannabis2
    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.
    COMM-6040Scientific Communications3
    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-6043Principles of Cannabis Regulations3
    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-6004Cannabis Crop Science3.5
    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.
    BIOL-6001Microbiology2.5
    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.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    CHEM-6005Analytical Chemistry Lab Techniques 23.5
    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.
    MGMT-6084Project Management4
    This course introduces the essentials of the project management discipline, and prepares students to manage project teams, project schedules, budgets and quality requirements. tudents 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-6012Applied Research Project3
    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.
    CHEM-6006Formulation Chemistry2.5
    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.

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 8 credits in the Program
    at Fanshawe to meet the Program Residency requirement and
    Graduate from this Program.

  • Careers - 2020/2021

    Career Opportunities

    Careers in this area will include quality assurance, product development, processing technician, and formulation chemist.
  • More Information - 2020/2021

    A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
    Program Code: CSC1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

    Program Description

    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. 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.

    Other Information

    • While a criminal record check is not a requirement for the program a criminal record check is required to work in the industry.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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