Trusted Leaders in Cannabis Education & Certification

Recognized worldwide for our leading-edge academics, Oaksterdam certifications are respected by professionals in every segment of the cannabis industry around the globe.

Our courses are crafted by the entrepreneurs who shape the industry and the advocates who launched the medical cannabis movement, offering students an education with historical context that no other school can match.

From the earliest days of the medical cannabis movement, Oaksterdam University has been committed to our mission of providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and succeed in the industry.

With more than 50,000 alumni worldwide, we are the most recognized name in cannabis education. Our cross-disciplinary curriculum covers the most recent developments in cultivation, business, and policy and is grounded in the legacy of the cannabis legalization movement.

As a student, you will join our vast community of successful entrepreneurs, experienced professionals, and seasoned advocates who set the tone and pace of the modern cannabis industry.

The First Cannabis College

OU has been setting the bar for academic rigor and applied learning in cannabis education since 2007

Renowned Instructors

Our faculty features award-winning cultivators, business owners, academics and passionate advocates who shape the cannabis industry

50k+ Alumni Worldwide

Our vast network of alumni includes influential professionals and policymakers working in every segment of the industry around the globe

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our cross-disciplinary course offerings cover every aspect of the industry, from cultivation and manufacturing to business and public policy

Real-World Projects

Apply your skills in exercises based on real-life scenarios that prepare you for a career in the cannabis industry

Grow Demos

Watch master cultivators demonstrate proven techniques in both live and on-demand video with time for your questions

Resources for Success

We offer a range of tools to support your goals, including progress tracking, mastery exercises, and dedicated student support staff

Certification Program

Demonstrate your skills and knowledge with an OU certification, widely recognized among employers in the cannabis industry

Job Board

Students and alumni have access to our cannabis industry job board, which contains exclusive career opportunities

Responsive Support

Receive assistance every step of the way from our committed student services team

Flexible Learning Options

Virtual Classroom

Attend class virtually with live-streaming lectures and interactive chat

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Self-Paced Courses

Learn at your own pace anytime, anywhere with on-demand online courses

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Webinars

Attend live webinars with current information on important cannabis topics

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Our Instructors

Our faculty features award-winning cultivators, recognized business leaders, respected scientists, and passionate advocates who shaped the early medical cannabis movement and continue to set the standard for the modern commercial cannabis industry.

Paul Armentano

Chair of Science

Lauren Vazquez, Esq.

Chair of Legal

Natalie Darves

Chair of Business

Joey Ereneta

Chair of Horticulture

Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of Manufacturing

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Government & Public Affairs

Over the past two decades, Oaksterdam University has been called upon to provide cannabis education services to many state and municipal government agencies, as well as health care providers, labor unions, law enforcement agencies, and universities.

Our team of experts is engaged in current projects including training for California state and municipal agencies, the Florida League of Cities, a new satellite Public Policy Ambassador in Washington D.C., and developing partnerships in Jamaica and South Korea.

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What Our Students Are Saying

“As I started learning more about this plant I took a crash course at Oaksterdam University … and I’m a licensed patient consultant right now.”

"Highly recommended and an excellent value for anyone wanting to enter this industry"

"The quality of instruction is what impressed me most about these courses. That, and the quality of networking and social interaction with the other students."

"The level of education you receive is outstanding. So happy with the staff, the networking, experience, and professionalism that I experienced at Oaksterdam."

"The experience was amazing. I have a much better understanding of the industry and where I would like to get involved."

"In the last 10 years, OU has been the pioneer for Cannabis education. I cannot believe how many successful and knowledgeable professionals today that started at Oaksterdam."

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