The Business of Cannabis Cultivation


This self-paced course reviews all the primary elements needed to launch and successfully run a commercial cannabis cultivation operation, covering a wide variety of topics such as cultivation science, design, financing, licensing, and regulations. Students have 180 days to complete this course.

Course Overview

This stand-alone course is being offered for those who only wish to have the Cannabis Cultivation content from the Business of Cannabis certification program. If you are seeking a business certification, you will still need to complete and pass the Cannabis Cultivation lessons in the Business of Cannabis certification program. There are no scheduled times. You may complete the modules on your own schedule, and you will have 180 days to complete the course.


  • Plant Science describes the cannabis plant and its optimal growing conditions, taking the student through the plant’s full life cycle, from seed propagation and vegetative growth to flowering and harvesting.
  • Facility Design Requirements explains how the cannabis plant can be grown indoors, outdoors, or in greenhouses. This lesson outlines all the crucial considerations when designing a cultivation operation, including location and zoning, planning, electrical safety, lighting technology, climate and odor control, and irrigation and fertilization systems.
  • Cultivation Financials charts the financial landscape associated with commercial cultivation. Students learn why capital and operating expenditures for licensing, designing, building, launching, and operating a cannabis cultivation business far exceed the costs of doing the same for manufacturing, distribution, or retail. Students also learn about harvest cycle planning, budgeting, and financial planning.
  • Regulation and Compliance discusses how cannabis has the greatest density of regulations compared to every other agricultural product. Successfully licensing your cannabis cultivation operation requires an understanding of the complex relationships between local and state agencies, and the inside-out approach to permitting. In this lesson, the student learns about plant tracking, recycling, and waste disposal, labor laws, the various agencies involved in cultivation compliance, and the types of regulatory models that have emerged.
  • Business of Cannabis Cultivation Optional Project