Certification

Show potential employers that you have the knowledge and skills they are looking for with an OU Certification, which is widely recognized in the cannabis industry and beyond as a symbol of an exceptional educational achievement. 

What can I do with a certification from OU?

When you complete one of our rigorous certification programs, you demonstrate your mastery of a wide range of academic and practical knowledge that is critical to success in the commercial cannabis industry as well as a commitment to continued learning. List your certification on your resume and on professional networking sites, and let potential employers know that our staff is available to verify your credentials.

More and more employers in the cannabis industry are demanding verifiable knowledge or experience from prospective employees. A certification from OU gives you both — our curriculum offers instruction on a broad range of subjects critical to success in the cannabis industry and hands-on projects based on real-world scenarios that students will encounter in their career. 

Prospective employers can call (510) 251-1544 to verify that you are an alumni in good standing.

Students will also be able to print a certificate of completion that affirms their successful fulfillment of all program requirements, including relevant course reading, homework, class projects, quizzes, and final exams. Many students are also eligible for internships and on-campus employment opportunities which can be listed as additional work experience on resumes and job applications.

Courses Eligible for Certification

Live Horticulture Semester

  • Attend all class sessions for 14 weeks
  • Complete the Student Class Project
  • Complete all homework and reading assignments
  • Pass exams with a 80% score or higher

Live Business of Cannabis Semester

  • Attend all class sessions for 14 weeks
  • Complete all homework and reading assignments
  • Pass exams with a 80% score or higher

Horticulture Online

  • Complete all lesson modules
  • Pass all learning assessments
  • Complete the Student Class Project
  • Complete reading assignments and mastery exercises
  • Pass exams with a 80% score or higher

Business of Cannabis Online

  • Complete all modules in the business curriculum
  • Pass all learning assessments
  • Complete the Student Class Project
  • Complete reading assignments and mastery exercises
  • Pass exams with a 80% score or higher

Budtending Certification Program™

  • Complete all lesson modules
  • Pass all learning assessments
  • Complete the Student Class Project
  • Complete reading assignments and mastery exercises
  • Pass exams with a 80% score or higher

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a certification?

More and more employers in the cannabis industry are demanding verifiable knowledge or experience from prospective employees. A certification from OU gives you both — our curriculum offers instruction on a broad range of subjects critical to success in the cannabis industry and hands-on projects based on real-world scenarios that students will encounter in their career. 

Will employers really value certification?

OU is the first cannabis college, and has long been one of the most recognized names in industry education and training. Employers who are familiar with the academic rigor and hands-on learning opportunities we offer know that a certification from OU signals a high degree of knowledge and skill across a range of cannabis-related topics.

What companies hire graduates of OU’s certificate programs?

We have certified OU graduates working for well-known cannabis companies around the world. Certificate holders work in a wide range of roles within the industry, from cultivation and extraction to marketing and strategy. Students who have completed coursework at OU can also be found at regulatory agencies and leading advocacy organizations.

How can potential employers verify my certification?

You can provide our main phone number, (510) 251-1544, to verify that you are an alumni in good standing. Students will also be able to print a certificate of completion that affirms their successful fulfillment of all program requirements, including relevant course reading, homework, class projects, quizzes, and final exams. 

What do I have to do to earn my certification?

You must complete all of the requirements listed above in one of the certification-eligible courses — the Virtual Classroom Horticulture Semester, the Virtual Classroom Business of Cannabis Semester, the Online Horticulture program, or the Online Business of Cannabis Program. 

Can I get a certification for other courses?

An OU certification represents the mastery of a broad range of subjects, including history, policy, cultivation, and business, just to name a few. Because of that, we do not award a certification for single-subject course offerings.

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