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Cannabis Workforce Training Program Carroll Community College

The Cannabis workforce training program is not a certificate program.

At a Glance

Carroll’s cannabis courses introduce students to the different career pathways for entering the expanding world of regulated cannabis. Classes can be taken individually, or you can take all 5 classes in the series to build a foundation for an entry-level job that can lead to many more opportunities, including entrepreneurship.

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Carroll’s new fully online cannabis workforce training program was developed by a subject matter expert.

Upon successful completion of the cannabis courses, students will be prepared to apply for entry-level positions in the three licensed components of the Maryland cannabis industry:

  • Growers
  • Processors
  • Dispensaries

Minimum Occupational Requirements:

To work in the licensed part of the cannabis industry, an individual must be at least 21 years old and have no criminal record.


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

Introduction to Cannabis and the Human Body is April 1 – 17. Register today!

Learn about the tasks and functions of an entry-level worker in a Maryland Cannabis Dispensary. Examine the day-to-day duties of this unique retail establishment, including how the METRC system tracks cannabis products through the supply chain from seed to sale. Explore the ethical issues surrounding this new industry and how to design a résumé and cover letter to begin the job search process.

Learn how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in the cannabis industry. Review the ways to obtain a license to grow, process or dispense cannabis, as well as the ancillary businesses that are essential to serving the licensed businesses. Begin the process of constructing a business plan to further explore the viability of an entrepreneurial concept.

For home growers or individuals who seek an entry-level position in a cultivation facility in the Maryland cannabis industry. Cover the basics of plant growth through its various stages, whether grown outdoors or indoors. Learn about various hydroponic options and super soils; the best lighting choices for indoor growers; and nutrients, diseases and pest control.

Learn about the legal regulations that govern the Maryland medical cannabis industry. This essential course for employment in the industry examines the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s regulations for grow facilities, processors and dispensaries. Review the requirements to become a cannabis cardholder plus testing, packaging and labeling requirements for all Maryland cannabis products.

Learn about the rudiments of how the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids in the cannabis plant interact with the human body. Review the human body’s endocannabinoid system and how cannabis plant compounds regulate many of our critical health and wellness functions. This is an essential course for employment in the Maryland medical cannabis industry.

Cannabis Workforce Training FAQ

Why is the Cannabis Workforce Training Program not a certificate?

The Cannabis Workforce Training Program is designed to provide practical skills and knowledge relevant to the cannabis industry. The state currently does not require a certificate to get a job in the industry. While it doesn’t confer a traditional certificate, it focuses on hands-on training and industry-specific competencies to ensure graduates are well-prepared for various roles in the cannabis workforce. This approach prioritizes real-world application and industry readiness.

Is a cannabis school worth it?

The value of attending a cannabis course depends on individual career goals and interests. A cannabis course can offer specialized knowledge, hands-on training, and industry insights that may not be covered in traditional educational programs. It can be particularly beneficial for those seeking careers in the cannabis industry or looking to enhance their skills in this rapidly evolving field.

What can I do when I graduate the Cannabis Workforce Training Program?

Upon completing the Cannabis Workforce Training Program, graduates may pursue various roles within the cannabis industry. Opportunities include positions in cultivation, processing, dispensary operations, compliance, and more. The program equips individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute effectively to different aspects of the cannabis workforce.

What is a workforce training program?

A workforce training program focuses on providing specific skills and practical knowledge required for a particular industry or job sector. Unlike traditional academic programs, workforce training programs are often shorter in duration and emphasize hands-on learning. The goal is to prepare individuals for entry-level positions and to meet the specific demands of the workforce in a given field.

What are cannabis training requirements?

Cannabis training requirements can vary based on the specific job or role within the industry. The Cannabis Workforce Training Program typically covers fundamental aspects such as cannabis cultivation, processing, industry regulations, and customer service. While there may not be standardized industry-wide requirements, employers may have specific expectations for skills and knowledge relevant to the particular roles they offer.

How to become a cannabis worker?

To become a cannabis worker, individuals can start by enrolling in a Cannabis Workforce Training Program to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. Additionally, networking within the industry, staying informed about local regulations, and gaining relevant experience through internships or entry-level positions can enhance job prospects. Understanding the specific requirements of the desired role and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing learning are key steps in building a successful career in the cannabis industry.

How do I get to work in a dispensary?

To work in a dispensary, individuals should begin by completing a Cannabis Workforce Training Program to gain relevant knowledge about cannabis products, regulations, and customer service. Additionally, familiarizing oneself with local and state laws governing cannabis sales is crucial. Job seekers can then apply for entry-level positions at dispensaries, highlighting their training and knowledge during the application process. Building a strong understanding of various cannabis products and their effects can also enhance one’s suitability for a dispensary role.

If one is interested in starting a business in the cannabis industry, this could not be a better time. There are no established competitors, and the opportunities are growing each day.

Shad Ewart Developer/Instructor

Additional Information

Interview on WBAL on Thursday, February 9, 2023 regarding adult use cannabis coming to Maryland with Professor Shad Ewart.

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

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