Can anyone take the courses?
Yes! This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in cannabis.
The Certified Cannabis Specialist training program is designed
to give an overview of all aspects of medical cannabis, so that
the student has a well-rounded education.
Are these classes applicable to any state or country?
Yes! You can take these classes wherever you live! All of them are
applicable to any state or country, whether you have legal cannabis
or not. The current legal class that is a requirement of the certification
program is focused on Colorado law, but there is plenty in that
class about federal and international law, as well as general marijuana
law, that will be applicable to everyone.
How does the certification program work?
You can achieve your designation as a Certified Cannabis Specialist
or other certificate by taking all
the classes listed as part of the program. After you complete
the video and written modules for each course, you can take the
mutiple choice exam for that course. When you successfully complete
the course exam, you will get a Certificate of Completion for the
individual course. Once you finish all courses, you will be awarded
the designation Certified Cannabis Specialist(CCS).
The courses required for the certification
program are all online, so students can complete them any time
in the comfort of their own home. Courses may be taken in any sequence
and can also be taken individually.
How long does the certification program take to
The average student finishes the entire 6-course
Certified Cannabis Specialist program in 10-15 hours.
What certifications do you provide?
We provide the Cannabis Specialist Certificate, Cannabis Professional
Certificate and Cannabis Caregiver Certificate. There
are all certifications for professionals who are involved with medicinal
cannabis or medical marijuana. Each certificate has a list of course
requirements, allowing students to earn the different designations.
YOU MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE CERTIFIED CANNABIS SPECIALIST
program before you can start on any other certificate. The Cannabis
Specialist Certificate is currently $420 (minus discounts). The
other certificates are a similar price.
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes! The gift of education and certification makes a great present.
Click here to find
out how to purchase a gift certificate.
Do you have a scholarhip program?
Yes! CHA offers scholarships for those with financial need.
for a scholarship by sending us an email. Please include
your name, address, email and phone number, and a short description
of your financial need and why you are interested in the certification
program. Those awarded full scholarships will have to complete the
program within 30 days.
Are these courses required by any state?
No, none of these courses are mandatory in any state. Certificates
come from the Cannabis Hemp Academy, which is a private institution.
We are not affiliated with any state government or public licensing
authority. The certification will help educate you about the basics
of medicinal cannabis, including legal issues. The certificate will
show potential employers that you are serious about your cannabis
education. The training will also give you ideas on ways to start
a cannabis business of your own. The courses alos give an excellent
overview of the legal issues surrounding cannabis and help, which
are critical to understand.
Will these courses help me get a job?
Yes! Your designation as a Certified Cannabis Specialist
shows that you are serious about your cannabis education. The certification
will help you stand out from the crowd of applicants for cannabis
jobs, just as education in any field will help employers notice
your resume. The program better prepares you to work and succeed
in your chosen industry. After you are certified, CHA provides you
with a list of skills and topics that you have mastered that you
can give to a potential employer. This skills list will help them
understand and appreciate what you have learned in the program.
Will these courses help me start my own business?
Yes! The certification program will also give you an idea of
where you might fit into the cannabis industry as a ganjapreneur,
should you decide to pursue your own cannabis business. In 1938,
Popular Mechanics magazine called cannabis hemp the "New
Billion Dollar Crop" and estimated that it had over 25,000
uses. Once you add the medicinal cannabis industry to the equation,
that means thousands of opportunities to develop a new cannabis
business and get in on the ground floor of a whole new industry!
Do you have job placement?
Yes, we have a growing network of cannabis professionals that is
continuously growing. We don't guarantee jobs, but we can certainly
help promote you once you achieve your certification. Click
here for more information on cannabis job opportunities.
What are your Academic Policies?
Please click here to see a full list
of our Academic Policies.
Do you provide cannabis or marijuana?
We are not a medical or recreational marijuana provider. We
do not supply or sell medicinal cannabis or hemp. We are an educational
organization only, striving to provide the best education in the
benefits and uses of cannabis and hemp.
Do you have live training courses?
Yes, CHA also offers live courses that students can participate
in either in person or remotely. Subscribe
to our email list to be notified of upcoming cannabis and
hemp training courses.
What is the difference between cannabis and hemp?
Even though cannabis and hemp describe the exact same plant, their
composition, cultivation, processing and end uses are sufficiently
different that it is often useful to draw a distinction between
cannabis and hemp.
Terminology: Cannabis vs. Hemp
Throughout our courses, we use the word "cannabis"
generally as an overall term, to mean any variety the plant
Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.
We will also use the word "cannabis" or "medicinal
cannabis" to mean psychoactive or high-THC preparations
of the cannabis plant used for medicine.
We usually use the word "hemp" or "industrial
hemp" to mean cannabis plants that are non-psychoactive
and low in THC and are grown primarily as industrial crop, for
building materials, paper, plastic, fiber, seed oil, etc.
Marijuana is a Racist Word
We try to use the word "marijuana" or "marihuana"
only when we are referring to laws or racist propaganda that
contain those terms. The word "marijuana" is
a racist term that was invented in the 1920s during the Reefer
Madness campaign to demonize cannabis. Cannabis and hemp opponents
wanted to convince the public that Mexicans and black people
were smoking cannabis and raping white women, so they coined
the word "marijuana" to give the herb a racist
connotation. The public did not realize that "marijuana"
was what they had always known as "cannabis"
or "hemp". The public believed that "marijuana"
was some new devil weed, which was causing mayhem and madness
among minorities. We try to use only the historically correct
terms, cannabis or hemp.
Where do current students go to login?
Current students should go directly to the Continuing
Students Login to login and continue their classes.
How do I get my login information?
After you enroll in the Certified Cannabis Specialist Training
Program through our webstore, check your email. You will be emailed
an "Order Confirmation" with a receipt for the purchase.
You will then be emailed "Course Login Instructions" with
information on how to login to your course. It may take 24-48 hours
to receive your Course Login information. Your Course Login information
will ask you to set your password and will allow you to login to
the student portal of the Cannabis Hemp Academy online training
platform. You will see all your courses listed under "Course
Library". You can take the courses in any order, though it
is recommended to start with the lower level courses first. The
training software will keep track of where you left off, so that
you can easily stop and start your learning sessions.
What is the history of the Cannabis Hemp Academy?
The Cannabis Hemp Academy had its beginnings in Colorado in 1992.
Under an educational program titled "Hemp Awareness 101",
CHA-founders offered general public education courses on cannabis,
hemp and medical marijuana through various student groups at the
University of Colorado campus. In 2009, with the increase in interest
in medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Colorado, the Cannabis
Hemp Academy expanded its course offerings and began a certification
program in cannabis and hemp through live classes. In 2014, the
CHA launched its online school to make our certification programs
available to a nationwide and international audience.
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