Cannabis Extraction and Product Development Specialist Certificate

Get the knowledge and credibility needed to pursue a career in cannabis extraction, developing and manufacturing cannabis products, or even starting your own cannabis brand.

The Cannabis Extraction and Product Development Specialist Program is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a respected and in-demand cannabis professional. 

Taught exclusively by leading industry experts and operators, this 9-week online certificate program gives you a foundational understanding of the cannabis supply chain, as well as the skills needed to excel in developing and manufacturing cannabis products.

Delivered through video lectures, readings, and e-learning modules, this interactive online certificate program will teach you the various methods for extracting cannabis safely and effectively, and provide you with an understanding of the different cannabis infused product types and the different business models around cannabis manufacturing. You’ll get step-by-step guidance on how to make edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive an official Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate backed by the GF Institute, the industry-standard in cannabis credentials. Plus, you’ll gain access to the GF Institute Employer Network, a platform of growing cannabis companies eager to hire graduates with this type of education and qualification.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the cannabis industry and take your career to the next level. Enroll today and join the ranks of other successful cannabis professionals!

Frequent Asked Questions

The programs are self-paced and you can register and begin the courses at any time. Once you complete your registration you’ll receive an email with course access.

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.

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Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands​


Massachusetts reported over 28,000 cannabis jobs as of February 2023.  

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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Cannabis shoppers and medical patients spent nearly $1.8 billion at Massachusetts dispensaries in 2022, representing 7% year-over-year growth.

Source: Cannabis Business Times


In 2022, there were over 417,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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For five years in a row the cannabis industry grew by more than 27%, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022


Learn More About the Cannabis Programs

In this comprehensive webinar, you will learn about the cannabis industry, job opportunities, and how these programs can help you join this fast-growing industry.

Discover A New Career Path in Cannabis Extraction & Product Development

100% Online | No Prerequisites 
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Expert Cannabis Educators

Learn From Industry Pioneers

Discover the secrets of the booming cannabis industry with engaging video content led by industry pioneers and leading experts. These experts possess extensive knowledge and experience in various aspects of the industry and have played a vital role in shaping this emerging field. With their unique insights and research, you will have an unparalleled educational opportunity to master the latest trends and best practices in the cannabis industry. Learn from the best, hone your skills, and achieve your cannabis career goals.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

We are committed to providing you with expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting. Our cutting-edge curriculum is designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the cannabis industry. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of our course is optimized for effective learning and retention. With our carefully crafted curriculum, you can be confident that you are receiving an exceptional educational experience that will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.

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Shane Terry

CEO, TapRoots Brands

Shane operates over 12 licenses including cultivation, production, dispensaries and distribution. He also leads Nevada’s growth as the previous President of the Nevada Dispensary Association.

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Guy Rocourt

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Papa & Barkley

Guy is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Papa & Barkley, a leading California cannabis wellness company. He is responsible for optimizing production practices, ensuring the company complies with rigorous testing and lab standards, and developing the product roadmap.

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Avis Bulbulyan

Chief Executive Officer of SIVA Enterprises

As CEO for SIVA Enterprises, Avis manages the company’s ventures and brands, creating a strong national practice with a core competency in state licensing and navigating the regulatory process. Avis sits on the California Cannabis Advisory Committee, and is the President of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force.

Cannabis Extraction Specialist Courses

Unit 1: Cannabis Industry Fundamentals

Discover how the cannabis industry actually works, from seed to sale, including the business of cultivation, distribution, manufacturing, and lab testing. This unit will give you a foundational understanding of the cannabis supply chain, so you can speak confidently to others in the industry, and successfully work within many different roles and verticals.

  • Intro to cannabis cultivation
  • State and local compliance considerations
  • The business of lab testing and analytics
  • New vs. experienced operators
  • Intro to processing and manufacturing
  • Long term viability of extraction and infused products
  • Considerations for product development
  • Evolution of the distribution sector
  • Branding and marketing
  • Expansion and scale opportunities….and more 

Unit 2: Cannabis Extraction & Product Development

Gain rigorous skills based training specifically for cannabis extraction and product development, covering important topics such as: the various methods for extracting cannabis safely and effectively, understanding the different cannabis infused product types, the different business models around cannabis manufacturing, and step-by-step guidance on how to make edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more.

  • Decarboxylation techniques
  • Plant processing
  • Developing a financial model
  • Cannabis infused chocolate manufacturing process
  • Cannabis oil & extracts
  • Ice water hash
  • Drying techniques 
  • Cannabis tincture manufacturing
  • Phenotypes and pheno-hunting
  • Cannabis topical manufacturing
  • Lipid extraction…and more 

Unit 3: Compliance & Operations

Dive into a skills based training specifically for cannabis retail, covering the various delivery methods and products used in today’s cannabis marketplace, providing safe and helpful service to consumers, the science of cannabis including cannabinoids, terpenes, and the Endocannabinoid System, the nuances of doing effective sales and marketing in cannabis, and much more. By the end of this training, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, in-demand cannabis retail professional.

  • Extraction operations
  • Production equipment 
  • Facility design and maintenance
  • Importance of inventory tracking
  • Traceability and recalls
  • Social sustainability
  • Fair labor practices
  • Policies and procedures
  • Record keeping…and more

PLUS: Responsible Vendor Training

With the growing demand for skilled employees in the cannabis industry, it is critical to ensure all workers are trained to operate legally and responsibly. Our Responsible Vendor Training (RVT) will help you stand out to employers by showcasing that you’ve already completed the necessary training required for cannabis workers in the state of Massachusetts. 

  • Effects of Cannabis on the Human Body
  • Cannabis Control Commission 
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Checking IDs
  • Code of Massachusetts Regulations
  • Health and Safety Best Practices
  • Waste Disposal
  • Patient and Consumer Allotment & Right to Refuse Sales
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Transportation and Delivery
  • Business Records
  • Labeling
  • Enforcement & Discipline
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Discover A New Career Path in Cannabis Extraction & Product Development

Gain advanced job skills and knowledge to excel in a manufacturing role in the cannabis industry.

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