oaksterdam university

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 entrepreneurs
who shape the industry & 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 80,000 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.

Renowned Instructors

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

The First Cannabis College

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

80k+ Alumni Worldwide

Our vast network of alumni includes influential professionals and policymakers around the globe

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our courses cover every aspect of the industry, from cultivation and manufacturing to business and budtending

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 your Oaksterdam journey from our committed student services team

Alumni Network

Access our exclusive plant-friendly group for networking, job posting, mentoring, and business listings

Transferable Credits

Transfer up to 18 credits from OU courses toward an online Bachelor’s Degree at Golden Gate University

Oaksterdam DEIB Mission Statement

At Oaksterdam, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment is one where all team members and students, whatever their race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, color, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity, language ability, disability, veteran status, domestic partner status, marital status, parental status, AIDS/HIV status, height, weight, education, or socio-economic status feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equitable opportunity for access to education programs and collaborations, with a commitment to equal employment and advancement in all of our departments.

We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. Oaksterdam University is committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire cannabis industry and related sectors and maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

Flexible Learning Options

Virtual Classroom

Attend class virtually with live-streaming lectures, netoworking and interactive chat

Self-Paced Courses

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


Attend live webinars with up-to-the-minute information on important cannabis topics

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.

Joey Ereneta

Joey Ereñeta

Chair of Horticulture

Mike Jenkins

Mike Jenkins, Ph.D.

Vice-Chair of Horticulture

Eric Brandstad

Eric Brandstad

Horticulture Faculty

Evian Ita Colton

Eviane Ita Coton

Horticulture Faculty

Head shot of Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano

Chair of Science & Therapeutics

David Abernathy

Maha Haq

Faculty of Science & Therapeutics

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Tiffany Watkins

Advocacy Instructor

Evian Ita Colton

Dan Rowland

Business & Operations Faculty

Government & Public Affairs
Oaksterdam Government and Public Affairs

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.