Cannabis Educator Certificate Program

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Cannabis Educator Certificate Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned


Program Length

12 weeks

Start Date

September 20, 2021


Domestic $949 | International $1424

Application Deadline

July 30, 2021

Program Code



The Cannabis Educator Certificate Program will increase your confidence when communicating with patients about cannabis. In this 12 week certificate program, learners will gain valuable theory and practical experience in creating educational plans for patients. Explore a complete overview of the history and science of medical cannabis while understanding the factors that affect the selection of delivery method. Take your learning and put it to the test with an online case study, developing an educational plan for your simulated patient and present in week 12 at an online workshop.

We look forward to seeing you in our certificate program!

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, learners will be able to:

  • Provide a thorough overview of the history of medical cannabis including medical use and prohibition
  • Describe the current industry landscape in Canada and globally as it relates to current and future trends shaping the industry
  • Describe the science of the cannabis plant, cannabinoids, terpenes, and the endocannabinoid system
  • Describe legalities impacting the workplace, driving, use of cannabis in public and private settings (e.g. rental units, hotels, designated smoking areas etc.)
  • Provide an overview of the research literature and evidence for medical cannabis
  • Provide an overview of the adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and precautions
  • Explain the factors that affect the selection of the most appropriate delivery method based on client characteristics and medical condition
  • Recognize the ethical principles that underpin the patient education approach
  • Identify communication strategies to provide effective patient education

Program Outline & Evaluation Method

The program is 12 weeks long and includes 10 modules. Course work is mostly self-directed and asynchronous. A webinar is held on a weekday evening once every two weeks but these are recorded for those who cannot attend.

Evaluation items:

  1. Discussion Board Participation (Weekly)
  2. Module Quizzes Week 4, 7 and 10
  3. Educational Plan Assignment
  4. Workshop Participation
  5. Final Exam
Week # Learning Topic
1 The History of Cannabis and Current Landscape
2 The Science of Cannabis
3 Medical Cannabis Education I
4 Medical Cannabis Education II
5 Cannabis for Medical Purposes Part I
6 Cannabis for Medical Purposes Part II
7 Dosing, Micro-dosing, and Methods of Consumption
8 Drug-Drug Interactions, Contraindications and Side Effects
9 The legalities of Cannabis Part I
10 The legalities of Cannabis Part II
11 Prep for Workshop & Final Exam
12 Workshop & Final Exam 


Who is this certificate program intended for?

This certificate program is intended for all health professionals looking to gain a further understanding of medical cannabis.

  • Nurse Practitioner/RN/RPN
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physiotherapists/Kinesiologists/Occupational Therapists
  • End of Life Care Hospice, Rehabilitation
  • Physicians
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Industry, Associations (CMA, CPHA, CAN)
  • Health Organizations e.g. Cancer Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Epilepsy Foundation

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in a health sciences field
  • Registration in one of the regulated health professions in Canada
  • Current employment in an environment that provides healthcare to cannabis patients
  • Computer literacy
    • Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
    • Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items

Please Note: Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but who have current, relevant work experience in an appropriate healthcare environment will be assessed on an individual basis. Submission of two letters of support will be required; one from a direct supervisor and one from your human resources department. A current, detailed resume describing your background and experience will also be required.


To apply for the program please submit all of the following documents to The Michener Institute:

  1. A completed Michener Application Form
  2. The $35.00 non-refundable application fee
  3. A copy of your current professional college registration (if applicable)
  4. A current, detailed resume

You are welcome to include relevant additional information or documentation if you feel it will benefit your application.

Your application should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar – The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1V4 Canada
Fax: (416) 596-3122

Application Deadline

Fall 2021

Application Deadline: 30 July 2021
Registration Deadline: 10 September 2021
Course Start Date: 20 September 2021


Domestic $949 | International $1424

Tuition is paid when registering for the program.

Please note: tuition fees are subject to change.

Information Session

Join us to learn more about the Cannabis Educator Program offered by the School of Continuing Studies at Michener / UHN. Our information session will discuss an overview of the program, admission criteria, application process and review some important dates.

Event Date: June 14, 2021

Event Time: 7:00PM

To join us for the event, please register at the following link:


"I really enjoyed this course. I felt challenged but in a reasonable way. I looked forward to each module and found myself going back through modules after the live sessions. The live sessions were very valuable, it was really great to have the opportunity to ask questions."

Cannabis Educator Student Winter 2020

"This was such a fabulous learning experience! Facilitators were knowledgeable, kind and professional."

Cannabis Educator Student Fall 2020