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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying to the certificate programs.

Frequent Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying to the certificate programs.


Yes. Your registration for your cannabis certificate program can be completed entirely on our website. Just choose your program of interest, enter in your information, choose your payment option and you are all set to begin your course on the next start date.

We recommend registering prior to the start date of the course. However, students may register until Friday morning, after the start date. To register past that date, please contact us to see if we can accommodate your request.

Our cannabis certificate programs are open to everyone over the age of 18. There are no prior education requirements or admissions process. Just register directly on our website to begin the program.

We offer new course start dates around every 6-8 weeks. No matter which certificate you choose to enroll into, all programs will begin on one of the following dates:  

    Pricing & Payment Options

    Each certificate program costs $2950 when you pay in full. If you choose the monthly payment option the price is $450 per month, following your initial $750 payment.

    The cannabis certificates are for continuing education credit only and are not eligible for federal aid. While federal financial aid is not available for these programs, we strive to offer flexible payment options for all students. Upon registration, you’ll be able to pay in full or you can choose the monthly payment plan option.

    When you register you can choose to pay in full ($2950) or you can choose the monthly payment plan option for $450 per month following your initial payment of $750 when you enroll.

    Scholarships are not currently available for these programs. We do offer a veterans discount. We also offer occasional limited-time discounts. Request more information to join our mailing list to receive any special offers or discounts.

    Students who take more than one program will receive a 33% discount on any additional cannabis certificate programs. You’ll also be able to complete any additional programs in 16 weeks, rather than 24 because the first course is the same for all four programs and does not need to be repeated. 

    Program Offerings & Structure

    We offer two career-focused cannabis certificate programs, each designed in direct response to job demand needs within the industry. Choose a focus in cannabis health care or compliance.

    These programs are offered fully online and can be completed on your schedule, from anywhere in the world.

    Our cannabis certificate programs are each six months long and are asynchronous. Your six-month program will consist of three eight-week long courses- Cannabis 101 followed by two more in the focus you choose. 

    Students should expect to dedicate between six and eight hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

    Our programs are created and led by top experts in the industry, with engaging video lectures that allow you to immerse yourself in the course content. You can view more information on our course contributors for each program on our program pages.

    You can generally use any laptop, computer or tablet for these online courses. Courses are also available on mobile, so you can watch the video content from your phone.

    These programs are offered by Gonzaga University in partnership with Green Flower, the industry leader in cannabis education. Green Flower’s content curriculum features trusted information and perspectives from industry-leading cannabis professionals, delivered in a format designed using best-in-class learning practices.


    In addition to being awarded an official certificate from Gonzaga University, you’ll receive a digital badge and verification of the skills that you’ve learned throughout your program.

    Our cannabis certificate programs were designed in direct response to job demand needs within the industry. We have two certificate options available, each designed to provide a streamlined educational experience focused on the sector of the industry that you’re most interested in pursuing. You will also gain skills to prepare you for professions that are impacted by cannabis usage and sales, including medicine, health care, human resource, compliance, risk management and more.

    While we cannot guarantee job placement, our programs will provide you with career support and resources available through the GF Institute Employer Network to help propel your career and opportunities forward. For example, you’ll gain priority ranking on, a top industry employment site utilized by some of the most well-known cannabis companies in the country.

    Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. In addition to positions in cultivation that are hands-on with the plant, there are also career opportunities available in other sectors like retail and product development.

    Absolutely! These programs are a great stepping stone to greater opportunities whether you’re looking to break into the industry or level up your current skills and experience. These certificates, furthermore, are of relevance for all professionals impacted by the use of cannabis — from health care workers, to HR, to the legal professions.

    There is always more to learn! If you have experience in cultivation, branch out and learn the business side of things, dive deeper into the health care and medicine aspect of cannabis or educate yourself on the extensive rules and regulations in our cannabis compliance program.


    In addition to an immersive educational experience with expert led video content, all of our programs include a portfolio project which gives you something tangible to demonstrate your knowledge to others.