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GOOD MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (GMP) FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Published On: October 20, 2019
If you’ve been following the news on the cannabis industry, you’ve most likely been able to see the issues with a lack of compliance with Health Canada’s regulations for operating a cannabis business.  Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are set in place to help ensure safety in maintaining consistency in production in a controlled way that allows for quality and reliability for the intended user. It is incredibly important for any cannabis business wishing to maintain their license to follow these guidelines in order to succeed. Let’s take a quick moment to define cannabis and its components... Cannabis: a genus of

If you’ve been following the news on the cannabis industry, you’ve most likely been able to see the issues with a lack of compliance with Health Canada’s regulations for operating a cannabis business. 

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are set in place to help ensure safety in maintaining consistency in production in a controlled way that allows for quality and reliability for the intended user. It is incredibly important for any cannabis business wishing to maintain their license to follow these guidelines in order to succeed.

Let’s take a quick moment to define cannabis and its components...

Cannabis: a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the cannabaceae family. It is a tall plant with a stiff, upright stem. There are three species that are recognized, cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. 

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) : the main active ingredient in cannabis, known for its psychoactive components.

CBD (Cannabidiol) : a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower that is non-psychoactive.

Hemp: cannabis plants containing low levels of THC. In Canada, this refers to plants with THC contents equal to or lesser than 0.3%.

While the production of cannabis can have many different end results (edibles, flowers, vapours, tinctures) it all begins in the same place-- cultivation. 

GMP will be evident from the start. If you’re planning on operating a cannabis business, you’ll need to know the proper setup for successful cultivation. Growing indoors and/or outdoors can depend on the place in which you live. You’ll also want to consider methods for harvesting, drying and curation of the plant. The overall processing of the plant will be specific to whether or not you are selling dried flowers, extracting oil or creating edible products.

Having a solid plan for your cannabis business to follow under the GMP will help to ensure your own success, as well as the safety of all those consuming your products. It is an important aspect of maintaining trust in the industry and allowing for cannabis to remain legal. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the GMP of cannabis, please feel free to call +1 416 412 7374 and set up an appointment with the college director.

Alternatively, follow this link to see about Canada’s FIRST government-approved GMP Cannabis training! 

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Master Grower (MG)

Published On: October 20, 2019
The legalization of cannabis has exponentially increased the number of cannabis users and growers. Whether you’re interested in growing for yourself or working for a Licensed Producer (LP), with the right information flourishing your cannabis buds can be a simple and rewarding experience. What does an MG do? There are many aspects of the cannabis plant that someone needs to be aware of in order to grow a bountiful crop. For those who lack experience and knowledge, the end result can be wasted time and plants. Some things you’ll want to take into consideration include seeds and seedlings, strains, plant

The legalization of cannabis has exponentially increased the number of cannabis users and growers. Whether you’re interested in growing for yourself or working for a Licensed Producer (LP), with the right information flourishing your cannabis buds can be a simple and rewarding experience.

What does an MG do?

There are many aspects of the cannabis plant that someone needs to be aware of in order to grow a bountiful crop. For those who lack experience and knowledge, the end result can be wasted time and plants. Some things you’ll want to take into consideration include seeds and seedlings, strains, plant nutrition, pest and disease control, containers and soil, lighting, vegetative and flowering periods, harvest, equipment, breeding and more. 

A person who wants to be a Master Grower is dedicated to their craft and will likely have an interest in botany. A Master Grower will understand the ins and outs of cannabis cultivation. They’ll feel comfortable in each phase of growth and be able to spot any issues of nutrition or disease in the plant appearance. Master Growers must also know and follow all Government, Health Canada and EU regulations during their practice.

Looking to Get Into the Cannabis Space?

For those looking to work in the cannabis space, MG is an incredibly sought after position. Right now, in Canada, there are more open positions in growing then there are people to fill them. At NACPT, we saw this need years ago and have worked hard to develop a program that will highly benefit each student. We even won this year’s Cultivation Education award at the #GrowUp conference. 

To read more details about our Cannabis Master Grower Certificate click here: https://nacptpharmacollege.com/cannabis-master-grower/

WANT TO TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER? If you’re looking for hands-on experience and more in-depth training, check out our Industrial Cannabis Production Technology Diploma program! In 8 months, you’ll learn from industry experts, gain industry co-op hours and gain job assistance once you graduate. Check out our diploma program details here: https://nacptpharmacollege.com/programs/cannabis-diploma-programs/industrial-cannabis-production-technology-program/

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Responsible Selling in Cannabis

Published On: October 20, 2019
Cannabis retail training is important. It is the gate-way between many consumers and their use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. Not unlike LCBO employees, cannabis retail workers must be on their A-game at work. They must always keep an eye out for anyone who may be intoxicated or underage.  Since many individuals are new to cannabis, those entering dispensaries may come equipped with many questions. Bud-tenders are these consumers’ introduction into the world of cannabis-- a necessity in the industry. It is important, however, that those working this position understand what they can and cannot say in regards to health

Cannabis retail training is important. It is the gate-way between many consumers and their use of recreational and medicinal cannabis. Not unlike LCBO employees, cannabis retail workers must be on their A-game at work. They must always keep an eye out for anyone who may be intoxicated or underage. 

Since many individuals are new to cannabis, those entering dispensaries may come equipped with many questions. Bud-tenders are these consumers’ introduction into the world of cannabis-- a necessity in the industry. It is important, however, that those working this position understand what they can and cannot say in regards to health claims as per government regulations.

Bud-tenders have a mandatory obligation to be on the lookout for anyone who is under the influence and about to use a vehicle. Individuals in road-fatalities who are under the influence of drugs triple that of those who are drunk. Working in cannabis retail means playing a role in prevention. You’ll also need to be on the lookout for minors. 

If you’re interested in working in the cannabis retail, you’ll need to come equipped with a government-approved institution’s retail training certificate.

That’s why we created our Retail Training Certificate. We sat down with our team of industry experts and created a top-notch program to teach you everything you’ll need to know about the responsible selling of cannabis.

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Cannabis Cultivation Education

Published On: October 11, 2019
We were honoured to win the Best Cultivation Education award this past month at #GrowUp2019!  As the cannabis industry continues to grow, it is most important to educate ourselves and all members of the industry how to properly cultivate cannabis.  Pharma College has been providing cannabis education since September of 2018. We recognized the need for helping those in the industry gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the cannabis space. Our diploma programs are unlike others as we work hard to provide training in every aspect of the cannabis field backed by industry experts with decades of

We were honoured to win the Best Cultivation Education award this past month at #GrowUp2019! 

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, it is most important to educate ourselves and all members of the industry how to properly cultivate cannabis. 

Pharma College has been providing cannabis education since September of 2018. We recognized the need for helping those in the industry gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the cannabis space. Our diploma programs are unlike others as we work hard to provide training in every aspect of the cannabis field backed by industry experts with decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries. 

In regards to Cultivation, we offer our Industrial Cannabis Production Technology diploma program along with many one to five day certificate trainings including Cannabis Master Grower, Plant Science, Cannabis Plant Biotechnology, Quality Assurance and Current Sanitation Requirements for the Cannabis sector. 

Having skilled workers in the cannabis space is the forefront of keeping the industry alive. We need companies operating up to Health Canada and EU standards so that they are able to both keep their licenses and continue to make their products accessible to consumers. We also need to gain the trust of consumers by putting out quality products time and time again— and Cultivation is where it all begins. 

Along with Cultivation, our college excels in QA and QC training (diploma and certification), facility management, security, extraction, edibles and cosmetics, GPP and more! 

Head to the following link to learn more about cultivation diploma program...

https://nacptpharmacollege.com/programs/cannabis-diploma-programs/industrial-cannabis-production-technology-program/
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Grow Up 2019 Nomination!

Published On: August 29, 2019
Woohoo! We are excited to share some news with you… we’ve been nominated for the Cultivation Education Award presented by the Grow Up Conference 2019!  The Grow Up Conference is a world class event where cannabis industry experts come to celebrate the best in cultivation, science and manufacturing.  The event will be hosted by comedian Adam Growe (host of Cash Cab) and will include a performance by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin followed by an induction ceremony into the Grower Hall of Fame for the ‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal.  Nominations have been up for awards such

Woohoo! We are excited to share some news with you… we’ve been nominated for the Cultivation Education Award presented by the Grow Up Conference 2019! 

The Grow Up Conference is a world class event where cannabis industry experts come to celebrate the best in cultivation, science and manufacturing. 

The event will be hosted by comedian Adam Growe (host of Cash Cab) and will include a performance by the International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin followed by an induction ceremony into the Grower Hall of Fame for the ‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal. 

Nominations have been up for awards such as Master Grower of the Year, Outstanding Research, International Cultivator, Cultivation Education and more! 

The Grow Up Conference will be taking place in Niagara Falls on Sept 12th. Tickets are $185 and include cocktail reception, dinner, magic performance and the awards ceremonies. You may also purchase tables and booths. 

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Why Quality Assurance Is So Important In The Cannabis Industry

Published On: August 23, 2019
The cannabis industry has continued to grow with an increase in both medical and recreational users. With legalization, we see higher amounts of patients being prescribed cannabis to help them deal with mental and physical illnesses. We also see a reduction in stigma as more people are able to purchase what is now considered to be a “legal” plant. This increase in use is great for the industry but also ensures a need for Quality Assurance. According to Analytical Cannabis, the global market is expected to reach $146.4 billion by 2025.  In order for users (both medical and recreational) to

The cannabis industry has continued to grow with an increase in both medical and recreational users. With legalization, we see higher amounts of patients being prescribed cannabis to help them deal with mental and physical illnesses. We also see a reduction in stigma as more people are able to purchase what is now considered to be a “legal” plant. This increase in use is great for the industry but also ensures a need for Quality Assurance.

According to Analytical Cannabis, the global market is expected to reach $146.4 billion by 2025. 

In order for users (both medical and recreational) to feel safe in obtaining cannabis, they need to know that the product dosage is as labelled. This means, like other pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis must undergo rigorous testing to ensure it is fit for human consumption. 

From a medical perspective, we need to make sure the patient gets the correct dosage of THC and/or CBD each time they pick up their prescriptions. 

Aside from potency of THC and CBD, quality assurance means complying with standards for pesticides, disease resistance, sanitation and more. 

Quality Assurance testing is done by various laboratory tests including Gas Chromatography (GC). GC enables potency testing, pesticide screening, residual solvent analysis and profiling of terpenes. Knowing the ratio of THC:CBD is a must for anyone looking to use cannabis as a way to heal from medical issues.

Being a new industry, using quality assurance is a way to gain trust from your customers. Quality Assurance helps to keep everyone safe, while continuing to reduce the stigma around cannabis. 

Throughout the cannabis industry there is currently a shortage in individuals who are qualified to work in Quality Assurance and Quality Control. Many companies are on the lookout for individuals with strong science backgrounds and who have received training in the Quality Assurance and Quality Control areas.

If you’re interested in learning more about achieving a Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance diploma click here.

Questions or concerns? Give us a call at 416 412 7374

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Cannabis Head of Security

Published On: August 9, 2019
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The Canadian and American cannabis industries have continued to grow since legalization with more and more people looking to get involved. The industry has created many jobs from more entry level ‘bud-tender’ positions to skill-specific jobs such as Head of Security. Bud-tenders being the “face” or customer service aspect while security officers are required to carry firearms and maintain licensing. What Does Cannabis Head of Security Do? Security officers at dispensaries are responsible for being the first interaction with customers. On a daily basis they will do tasks such as checking the I.D of the clients and making sure they

The Canadian and American cannabis industries have continued to grow since legalization with more and more people looking to get involved.
The industry has created many jobs from more entry level ‘bud-tender’ positions to skill-specific jobs such as Head of Security. Bud-tenders being the “face” or customer service aspect while security officers are required to carry firearms and maintain licensing.

What Does Cannabis Head of Security Do?

Security officers at dispensaries are responsible for being the first interaction with customers. On a daily basis they will do tasks such as checking the I.D of the clients and making sure they are age appropriate, maintaining safety and security of everyone on location and the assets on hand, transport of funds from dispensary, proper use of security systems, writing clear and concise incident reports, respond to all incidents by taking appropriate actions and communication with the management and more. The person obtaining this job should have a positive and friendly attitude and should be able to conduct themselves graciously in a way that reflects the company's core values.

What Qualifications/Background Does A Cannabis Head of Security Need?

The qualifications of a Cannabis Head of Security may differ depending on where exactly you live, you will however, need to consider the following…

-A clean criminal background check no older than 7 days
-Clear history of substance abuse and addiction
-A license to use firearms
-Passing a physical test and medical examination
-Maintaining cannabis specific security certification

In Ontario, Health Canada requires Licensed Producers (LP’s) to have a Head of Security on their team. With more and more cannabis companies popping up, the need for Cannabis Head of Security continues to grow. Becoming certified in Cannabis Head of Security gives you a one up against competition and helps to guarantee a position.

Interested in this career opportunity? Check out our upcoming training here…

Questions or concerns? Send us an email at info@nacptpharmacollege.com

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Canada’s First Cannabis Post Secondary Diploma Programs

Published On: May 16, 2019
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NACPT Pharma College welcomes its up-coming batch of future cannabis industry leaders, and officially launched its Industrial Cannabis Production Technology and Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance (Graduate Diploma) programs at its Toronto campus on November 19th 2018. The programs are Canada’s first post-secondary diploma credentials in industrial cannabis production technology, cannabis quality assurance and quality control. These programs will prepare students for successful careers in the country’s rapidly growing cannabis industry. NACPT Pharma College selects only twenty-five students per batch from a pool of more than 100 applicants. Students in the Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance program will

NACPT Pharma College welcomes its up-coming batch of future cannabis industry leaders, and officially launched its Industrial Cannabis Production Technology and Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance (Graduate Diploma) programs at its Toronto campus on November 19th 2018.

The programs are Canada’s first post-secondary diploma credentials in industrial cannabis production technology, cannabis quality assurance and quality control. These programs will prepare students for successful careers in the country’s rapidly growing cannabis industry. NACPT Pharma College selects only twenty-five students per batch from a pool of more than 100 applicants. Students in the Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance program will receive hands-on training on laboratory instruments such as HPLC, GC, Dissolution Apparatus and other major instrumentations, while gaining experience in laboratory testing, including assay, dissolution, disintegration, residual solvents, loss on dry and other chemical analysis. Students in the Industrial Cannabis Production Technology program will receive hands-on training in cultivation, extraction, and cultural practices of cannabis production, including plant nutrition, environment, lighting, climate control, pest control, and production technology.

Both Cannabis diploma programs will also provide training on the complex regulatory framework that governs the industry in Canada. “The education and training in the booming cannabis industry is essential to anyone who wants to start a business or develop an interesting career in an industry which will not be easily saturated for another century,” said NACPT Pharma College president Rathi Param. “The newly created jobs in cannabis space are in high demand and there are shortages of skilled workforce in the industry. Licensed producers are struggling to find skilled workers to fulfill their hiring needs. We’re pleased today to celebrate a pioneering moment for NACPT Pharma College, and for postsecondary cannabis diploma education in Canada.”

The introduction of the program is the result of extensive consultation that NACPT Pharma College has conducted with Licensed Producers and cannabis related industries such as cannabis cosmetic, edibles, medical device, testing laboratories, research and development over the past several years. As the result of the consultations, we realized that there is a growing demand for highly skilled and expertly trained professionals to lead and guide Canada’s emerging cannabis sector.

Students in the Industrial Cannabis Production Technology and Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs will also benefit from these strong connections between NACPT Pharma College and industry leading licensed producers of cannabis. Since announcing the program, the College has formed partnerships with several industry leading licensed producers such as Green Amber Canada, Canadian Hemp Farmers Alliance, Grow Legally and many more – partnerships that have opened doors for internships and work placement opportunities for students. NACPT Pharma College invites local and international students to the newly launched programs at NACPT Pharma College.

NACPT Pharma College’s Industrial Cannabis Production Technology (Graduate diploma) and Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs are open to applicants who possess a diploma or degree in the areas of horticulture, greenhouse technology, agricultural sciences, plant sciences, biology, chemistry or a related discipline.

NACPT Pharma College offers many healthcare related post graduate diploma, diploma, and fast track certificate training programs in pharmaceutical, bio-technology, food, cosmetic, nurtaceutical, medical devices, cannabis, engineering and other related sectors. For more information, visit www.nacptpharmacollege.com

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Cannabis Programs in Canada

Published On: May 15, 2019
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NACPT Pharma College launched two different unique Cannabis Diploma programs in Canada. The programs are Canada’s first postsecondary diploma credential in “Industrial Cannabis Production Technology” and “Cannabis Quality Assurance and Quality Control”. These Cannabis Programs in Canada will prepare students for starting a new business in the cannabis space and successful careers in the country’s rapidly growing cannabis industry. Cannabis Program Summary These cannabis programs will prepare students for successful careers in the country’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry or develop a new business in this cannabis space. Both Cannabis diploma programs will also provide training on the complex Health Canada

NACPT Pharma College launched two different unique Cannabis Diploma programs in Canada. The programs are Canada’s first postsecondary diploma credential in “Industrial Cannabis Production Technology” and “Cannabis Quality Assurance and Quality Control”. These Cannabis Programs in Canada will prepare students for starting a new business in the cannabis space and successful careers in the country’s rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Cannabis Program Summary

These cannabis programs will prepare students for successful careers in the country’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry or develop a new business in this cannabis space. Both Cannabis diploma programs will also provide training on the complex Health Canada that governs the industry in Canada. “The education and training in the booming cannabis industry is critical to anyone who wants to start a business or develop an interesting career in an industry which will not be easily saturated for another century,” said NACPT Pharma College president, Rathi Param.

Cannabis Programs


Industrial Cannabis Production Technology, Ministry approved Diploma

Students in the Industrial Cannabis Production Technology program will receive hands-on training in cultivation, extraction, and cultural practices of cannabis production, including plant nutrition, environment, lighting, climate control, pest control, and production technology. Both Cannabis diploma programs will also provide training on the complex regulatory framework that governs the industry in Canada.


Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Ministry approved Diploma

Students in the Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance program will receive hands-on training on laboratory instruments such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Dissolution Apparatus and other major instrumentations, while obtaining experience in laboratory testing, including assay, dissolution, disintegration, Pesticide contaminations, foreign materials, loss on dry and other chemical testing and instrumentations.

NACPT Pharma College also offers many corporate training in both recreational and medical cannabis sectors.

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