Cannabis classes begin soon! Grow your cannabis knowledge and expertise August 5th.

Your Cannabis Career Starts Here

Become a Cannabis Cultivation Extraction Professional in 9 Weeks

Study online and on your own time

Why Enroll At Columbia Gorge Community College

Study On Your Own Time

As soon as you enroll, you'll have instant access to our online program, allowing you to study at your own pace, whenever and wherever it suits you.

Expert Instructors

Crafted by top industry leaders, our program is tailored to provide you with essential knowledge required to thrive as a cannabis professional.

Top Cannabis Curriculum

Acquire the fundamental knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in the dynamic cannabis industry.

Employer Network

Completing a cannabis training program gives you exclusive access to the GF Institute Employer Network.

Join A Fast-Growing Industry

The cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and the demand for skilled professionals is higher than ever. As the industry continues to expand, new opportunities are emerging in fields such as cultivation, retail, extraction, product development, and more. Joining the cannabis industry means being part of a movement that’s changing lives and creating positive change. Plus, with a wide range of positions available, from entry-level to executive roles, there’s a place for everyone in this rapidly growing industry. 

To become an in-demand cannabis professional, it’s important to have the right education and training. By investing in your education, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in this dynamic industry and advance your career to the next level. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the cannabis industry’s growth and secure a promising future – take the first step today and start your journey towards a rewarding career in cannabis.

Explore Non-Credit Career Training Courses

Play Video about cultivation
Cannabis Cultivation Specialist Program
Our 9-week online program offers a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis industry and cultivation best practices. The program features a diverse range of learning resources, including engaging video lectures, informative readings, and interactive e-learning modules that equip you with the requisite skills and knowledge to excel in the thriving cannabis cultivation industry. Upon completion, you’ll have the credibility and knowledge necessary to establish a successful career in cannabis cultivation, work in indoor or outdoor grow operations, or even launch your own cultivation business.
Play Video about Dispensary
Cannabis Retail Specialist Program

Delivered through a blend of engaging video lectures, comprehensive readings, and interactive e-learning modules, our 9-week online program is exclusively taught by distinguished industry experts and operators. This program is designed to equip you with the fundamental knowledge of the cannabis supply chain, as well as the essential skills to succeed in the dynamic cannabis retail environment. By completing this program, you’ll acquire the credibility and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in cannabis retail, work in a dispensary, or even start your own dispensary.

Play Video about Manufacture
Cannabis Extraction & Product Development Specialist Program

Our 9-week online program, taught exclusively by renowned industry experts and operators, aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a highly-regarded and sought-after cannabis professional. With a focus on developing and manufacturing various cannabis products, including edibles, tinctures, and topicals, this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis supply chain and foundational skills required to excel in the industry.

Learn 100% Online

With 24/7 access to course material, you can learn on your own terms and fit your coursework into your existing schedule. Our user-friendly interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, making it simple for anyone to access our program from anywhere in the world. 

course learning management system on mobile device

“These programs provide a great foundation for anyone interested in a career in the cannabis industry. This type of training will help you stand out to hiring managers and companies alike in this highly competitive industry.”

– Jay Czarkowski,
Founding Partner, Canna Advisors

What You'll Gain

Recognition of Completion 
Upon completion of the program, you’ll earn a recognition of completion from Columbia Gorge Community College that you can add to your resume to help advance your career.
A Digital Credential
Your digital credential, issued through Credly, is a digital badge that you can publish on LinkedIn and other online platforms to highlight your accomplishment. Learn more about digital credentials.
Advanced Rankings for Relevant Job Openings allows those who complete the program to incorporate their digital badge into their profile on this industry job board which is utilized by some of the largest and most well-respected cannabis companies in the world, automatically improving your ranking and FitScore for relevant job openings. Learn more about this exclusive benefit for recognition of completion holders. 
Access to an Exclusive Employer Network
You’ll gain access to the GF Institute Employer Network, designed to help you propel your career forward with employment-focused webinars and opportunities.

Find a Rewarding Career in Cannabis

Our training programs are designed to prepare you for a wide range of cannabis jobs that can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career in this fast-growing industry. Whether you’re interested in working in cultivation, manufacturing, retail, or any other aspect of the cannabis industry, our programs will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. Our expert instructors provide hands-on training and real-world experience, giving you a competitive edge in the job market. 

With our cannabis programs, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue a fulfilling career in the cannabis industry, helping to shape this exciting field and make a positive impact on people’s lives. There is a wide range of available positions, ranging from entry-level to executive-level roles in this fast-evolving industry.

The median salaries shown here are sourced from the 2023 Vangst Cannabis Industry Salary Guide, which identifies various cannabis roles and average salaries throughout the United States. It’s important to note that these figures are provided for informational purposes only and do not guarantee that you will earn the same salary or obtain the same job title upon completing our programs.

What Participants Are Saying

Featured Student Spotlight

Discover the numerous benefits of taking our courses by hearing from Alison, a real student, who has already embarked on this journey.

Featured Employer Partner

We are dedicated to helping you succeed in your cannabis career. That’s why we partner with local employers who are interested in hiring people who have earned their cannabis certificate from Mt. San Jacinto College. Our Employer Partners are local cannabis companies that recognize the quality of education our students receive and work directly with us to offer career opportunities to those who enroll in our programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

All programs will begin on one of the following dates:
  • Aug 5, 2024
  • Oct 7, 2024

Students should expect to dedicate around six hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

These programs are currently not eligible for federal aid, however we do offer a payment plan.


By submitting this form you consent to receiving emails from Columbia Gorge Community College and their partner Green Flower about special offers and other products or services. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link found at the bottom of each email.

About Columbia Gorge Community College

CGCC is a public two-year community college in Oregon, established in 1977 and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities. Its mission is to “build dreams and transform lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community.” The college’s vision is to become the first option of choice for education and training in the communities it serves, and its actions are guided by those principles.

The college has two locations, both within the stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The college mascot is “Brook Chinook,” a Chinook salmon. This recognizes the cultural significance of salmon to the region’s indigenous peoples, as well as its continuing environmental and economic importance in our region.

CGCC provides high-caliber instruction, small classes with personalized attention, and robust programs that lead not just to jobs, but to careers. The college aligns those programs with the standards of the State of Oregon Department of Education, so that students may qualify for professional certifications, or transfer to four-year universities to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. 

The college serves many kinds of students, including English language learners, GED® seekers, recent high school graduates, and those seeking new careers. The college also provides individual classes for those who want to update their job skills, and short-term certificates (one year or less) that may boost career options. Finally, the college provides life-enriching community education classes that are enjoyed by students of all ages that are focused on a variety of types of classes, including non-credit training programs and professional development opportunities.

About Green Flower

Founded in 2014, Green Flower is the industry leader in cannabis education, empowering thousands of consumers, regulators, and professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed in the emerging cannabis industry today.

Green Flower’s content and technology platform powers the cannabis programs of top universities and colleges across the country, provides customized learning and compliance solutions for cannabis businesses of all sizes, and equips individuals with the skills and credentials necessary to make an impact in the modern cannabis industry.