Cannabis Program

No of Programs offered: 2

Credential Awarded: Diploma

Delivery: Full-time

Delivery Mode: On-campus / Online


Established in 2009, NACPT was one of the first colleges to introduce dedicated Cannabis programs in Canada. Over the years, our programs have produced professionals working in various cannabis-related sectors around the world. Our programs help shape the cannabis space and innovate cannabis technology for tomorrow through current technology and regulatory requirements. Join the first Canadian ministry approved cannabis postsecondary diploma programs, certificate webinars, and corporate training.

NACPT offers 2 Cannabis diploma programs – Cannabis Quality Control & Quality Assurance (CAN.QC.QA.DIP) and Industrial Cannabis Production Technology (IND.CAN.PROT.DIP) – and more than 20 cannabis certificate webinars carefully chosen for graduates and industry experts. Join our programs to connect with the cannabis industry and work towards obtaining recognized credentials and designations.


Student achievements and Statistics

NACPT has a record of large number of its graduates from the cannabis program working in leading cannabis and related companies.

Significant number of graduates from each cannabis batch are starting their own business in the cannabis sector as well.

Graduate Diploma:

Cannabis Quality Control & Quality Assurance 

  • Program Code: CAN.QC.QA.DIP
  • Duration: 35 Weeks

Industrial Cannabis Production Technology 

  •    Program Code: IND.CAN.PROT.DIP
  •    Duration: 35 Weeks



Rathi Param is the president/founder of the NACPT Pharma College, International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA), and Validation Tech Inc.  Rathi earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry from University Ottawa, MBA in Technology from the University of Phoenix, and Post Graduate Pharmaceutical QA & QC Certification from SRN Institute.


She is an innovative and creative leader with more than twenty years of hands-on experience in many scientific industries (medical cannabis, medical devices, environmental, food, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical), complemented with fifteen years of academic and corporate training experience. She holds extensive expertise and knowledge in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Formulation, Validation, Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Technology, Process Improvements, Auditing, and Inspection.


Today, Rathi is the Dean of NACPT Pharma College, Head of Health Canada approved Research and Development cannabis facility of IMCA, and Head of Cannabis Laboratory at Validation Tech Inc. Rathi is recognized for developing the first-ever ministry approved Cannabis Diploma programs in Canada. She also acts as the Quality Assurance Person (QAP) consultant for Green Amber Canada (Cannabis Producer) and holds consultant positions for many new and existing cannabis companies in Canada. Moreover, Rathi has assisted medical cannabis companies to become a Licensed Producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes through Health Canada.


In the past 15+ years, Rathi has held strategic management roles in major Canadian pharmaceutical companies. Validation Scientist at Patheon Inc., Validation Services Manager at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto., Validation Specialist at Ciba Vision, Mississauga., Validation Quality Engineer (Consultant) at iPOC, Toronto, QA Director at CMAX Technologies, Validation Director at Validation Tech Inc., and Quality Assurance Person in charge at Green Amber Canada, Vancouver to name a few.


Rathi’s interest in helping students, employers, and professionals across the world to commence their careers in the cannabis, pharmaceutical, and related industries was the motivation behind the launch of NACPT Pharma College, International Medical Cannabis Association (IMCA), and Validation Tech; to provide hands-on training and create a platform to direct the pathway to successful recruitment by the pharmaceutical, cannabis and related companies.


LinkedIn:- Rathi Param


  • Naheed Kausar, M.Sc., QA Senior Manager from SGS, Faculty Member of Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance


With 20 years of quality control and quality assurance experience in the pharmaceutical industry and an M.Sc. in Chemistry, Naheed Kausar joined the North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology in 2013. She is heading the Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, GMP, GPP, GCP, GLP, and GDP courses and teaching students to handle industry regulations with care. Her expertise in the technical and regulatory divisions of cannabis and pharmaceutical companies helps students understand the companies’ regulatory body and compliance requirements.


LinkedIn:- Naheed Kausar



  • Gavin Clark, Managing Director. Delta Eight Pharmaceuticals, Faculty Member of Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance


Gavin Clark has a deep understanding of cannabis and the developing industry in Canada and internationally, including the many beneficial properties of cannabis chemistry, their medical applications, and the legal framework regulating it in Canada.


Gavin is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. As Managing Director of Delta Eight Pharmaceuticals, Gavin is involved in research and development work in medical and recreational cannabis.  Gavin is currently working as an advisor to cannabis-based businesses, including Newstrike and Up Cannabis.



  • Prof. Karim Meghji, Senior Scientist


Karim Meghji is a well-seasoned senior scientist with 25 years work experience in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, CRO/CMO and CDMO companies. He acquired his MSc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo where he conducted research in microbial biotechnology and wrote a thesis on production, purification, and characterization of extracellular carboxylesterases from B. subtilis.  Prior to joining North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology (NACPT), Karim worked as a senior scientist in a CDMO and generics company called DPT Labs, in San Antonio, Texas (now acquired by Mylan N.V.), that specialized in topical dermatologic products. Karim has also worked for companies like QLT Inc. in Vancouver that developed the blockbuster photodynamic therapy drug Visudyne for wet age-related macular degeneration and worked as a research associate and safety officer for a leading CRO/CMO company formerly called Northern Lipids, Inc (now Evonik Transferra Nanosciences) in Vancouver, specializing in development and manufacture of complex drug delivery systems using lipid nanoparticle science. In these companies, Karim was responsible for optimizing, developing and validating HPLC and GC methods for analysis of peptides, cytotoxics, small molecules, siRNA and dsRNA in liquid, semi-solid, aerosol foam and liposomal drug formulations. In his role as CMC Manager in a virtual biotechnology company formerly called Protox Therapeutics Inc (acquired by Sophiris Bio Inc) in Vancouver, Karim oversaw and managed all chemistry, manufacturing and control aspects of the company’s pipeline by successfully working with third-party contractors.


Linkedin :-  Karim Meghji



  • Dr.Carlos Aragon, Process Improvement Consultant, Sanofi Pasteur Ltd, Faculty Member of Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance


Dr. Carlos Aragon is a Manager in Process and Products at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, in Toronto. He has 15 years of experience working in research laboratories, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry; research & development and Quality Control achieving results, improving new techniques, procedures and products with advanced scientific knowledge.


He has strong understanding and knowledge in analytical method development such as Bioreactors fermentation processes, Chromatographic Procedures focus on HPLC, FPLC, and UPLC. He also possesses a good knowledge of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s), for labs and knowledge of FDA, TPD and ICH requirements. Dr. Aragon is a Biochemist who completed a PhD in Biotechnology from University of Lisbon, Portugal and was associated with University of Lisbon (Portugal) and University of Ciego de Avila (Cuba) as Researcher and Supervisor. Through his research work, Carlos developed in-depth knowledge and skills in cannabis bio-technology.


Linkedin :- Dr. Carlos Aragon



  • Elena Cristache, QA Manager, Faculty Member of Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance


Elena earned her Bachelor of Engineering Degree Faculty of Industrial Chemistry and Cannabis Quality Assurance Certificate.


Elena is a quality and results-driven professional with over 15 years of experience in Pharmaceutical and related industries, managing Quality Systems and training employees with leading pharmaceutical companies such as Apotex Corp.,  GERMIPHENE Corp, and BAXTER CORPORATION. In her past roles, she was an instrumental part in ensuring that good documentation practices (GDP) were being followed by all employees and provided coaching and training where necessary to ensure compliance. When large organization system changes such as a new Global Service Platform and QMS TrackWise8 were to be implemented, Elena managed all aspects of the training and supported employees through the difficult transition. Moreover, Elena has a tremendous grasp of the quality toolbox and has successfully helped the organization investigate root cause & analysis to resolve complex business issues.


Elena has in-depth knowledge about many cannabis instrumentations such as HPLC, GC, GC-MS, and dissolution apparatus.


LinkedIn:- Elena Cristache



  • Gaurav Raval, Training Team, NACPT, Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance


Gaurav Raval joined the NACPT Lead Training Team in 2020 as part of the Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance department. He has trained students and employees in cannabis analytical testing, method development, and validation using HPLC, GC, and Dissolution Apparatus.


Gaurav Raval is a highly focused and detail-oriented analytical scientist with ten years of academic and professional experience specializing in R & D, analytical method development and validation, technical instrumentation, and scientific report writing. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toronto (St.George Campus). During his M.Sc., he conducted cutting edge research work in collaboration with two well-known professors (Dr. Heiko Heerklotz and Dr. Shirley Wu). His research’s primary focus was the biophysical interaction of anti-cancer drug Doxorubicin with novel lipid nanoparticles using various analytical instruments.


During his M.Sc. program, Gaurav also worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for teaching undergraduate life science courses and upper-year pharmacy courses (both labs and lectures). He also obtained a specialized Teaching Fundamental (TF) certificate at the TATP Institute at University of Toronto. Prior to joining NACPT, Gaurav worked as a Senior Analytical Chemist at leading cGMP contract development and manufacturing company called Dalton Pharma Services. He also worked as a Scientist at a pharmaceutical contract testing company called Exova Inc. (now called Element Materials Technology). At these companies, Gaurav was primarily responsible for optimizing, developing, and validating HPLC/UPLC and GC analytical methods for the analysis of various product formulations, including cough syrups (Impurity analysis), tablets, lipid formulations, biological products (Vitamins and Amino Acid analysis) and cannabis products (CBN creams and CBD oil). Gaurav has an intensive working knowledge of cGMP, GLP, USP, and ICH guidelines.


Linkedin :- Gaurav Raval



  • Alex Goldstein, CPP, CISSO, Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Production Technology


Alex Goldstein, CPP, CISSO, holds an Honor BA from York University, double-majoring in Criminology and History, a Certified Protection Professional Certification from ASIS International, and a Certified Information Systems Security Officer Certification from the United States Committee on National Security Systems. In his 14 years of progressive experience servicing the Canadian public sector and private Security industries, most recently, he worked with Led Threat Risk Assessments and suitability reviews, site audits, Standard Operating Procedure reviews, and site/design plan consulting for cannabis companies across Canada. Over the last few years, Alex has been closely working with many start-ups and existing leading cannabis companies to develop security plans, plant management systems, and facility design.


Linkedin :- Alex Goldstein



  • Dr. AKM Abdul Hai, Senior Scientist, Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Production Technology


Dr. AKM Abdul Hai has many years of experience as a Product Development Scientist involving API Synthesis, Analytical Method, and Formulation Development.  His extensive knowledge of processes of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical drug products supported his career in Canada and abroad. To name a few, he has been working as a Chief Scientist at Molesci & Matesci  Inc, Scarborough and worked as Chief Scientific Officer with CMI Cosmetic, Toronto. Dr. Hai completed his PhD from Okayama University, Japan in the field of Beta-Lactam Antibiotic Chemistry and his work is published in high level research journals and acquired specialization in Organo-copper Chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.  Dr Hai also did Post-doctoral research at the Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, USA.  He carried out  Research on Ionic Liquid Synthesis and its application to Plant Derived Biomass conversion to small molecules of commercial application.  He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Modern Technology.


Dr Hai was a Senior Chemist with Toronto Research Chemicals Inc, Toronto and worked on the Synthesis of Organic Complex molecules for Biomedical Research. Dr. AKM is heavily involved in Cannabis oil extraction processes and cannabinoids based product  Formulation and Analytical development. Dr. AKM has been closely working with many start-up and existing leading cannabis companies in terms of  cannabis product development and extraction  process design.


Linkedin :- Dr. AKM Abdul Hai

  • NACPT Pharma College conducts cannabis career and business information/networking events on monthly basis. Please contact us to register.
  • NACPT Pharma College also conducts Alumni net-working events every 6 months with the intention of assisting current students to join NACPT alumni network and alumni members to connect with the industrial workforce and exchange their ideas. The events include 1 to 2 guest speakers from the cannabis industry to join the alumni net-working events.

GLOBAL MEDICAL PROCEDURES: Global Medical producers is a leader in providing world-class medical cannabis formulations to Canada. Also, GMP holds a partnership network with several other top cannabis and pharmaceutical companies. The affiliation of NACPT with GMP provides opportunities for students from cannabis programs to participate in industrial workshops and seminars. GMP also aids students by hiring them and nurturing them with the production exposures including field trips within GMP certified facilities.

GREEN AMBER CANADA: Green Amber Canada handles the innovative cannabis cultivation and processing techniques. NACPT has an affiliation with Green Amber Canada, which provides services to our students based on the cultivation techniques and assortment of genetics. They also provide opportunities for students from cannabis and pharmaceutical programs to get jobs and obtain production exposures in various aspects including field trips in hemp and cannabis fields. Green Amber Canada is partnered with NACPT Pharma College and its affiliates also in terms of cannabis research and developmental studies, cannabis analytical testing, and more.

BLACK ROSE ORGANICS: Black Rose Organics is efficient in handling the sophisticated and organic cultivation methods in cannabis cultivation. NACPT is affiliated with Black Rose Organics, which plays a crucial role in providing opportunities for students from cannabis and pharmaceutical programs to get jobs in various firms including field trips in hemp and cannabis fields. Their group of cannabis enthusiasts is also well known for providing hands-on training in the cannabis industry. Black Rose is working with NACPT Pharma College and NACPT affiliated organizations in terms of cannabis research and developmental studies, cannabis analytical testing and more.

LAMBDA THERAPEUTIC LIMITED(CRO): Lambda Therapeutic Limited provides cutting edge service in the medical and pharmaceutical industry. NACPT has an affiliation with Lambda to deliver opportunities for students from clinical research programs regarding placements and experience within clinical studies.

PHARMAMEDICA RESEARCH INC: NACPT is affiliated with a well known Canadian research and development company called Pharmamedica Research Inc. They assist our graduates in terms of job placements and campus recruitments. NACPT invites Pharmamedica Research Inc. for the students after postgraduate diploma Pharmaceutical and Bio-pharmaceutical Clinical Research program to recruit the qualified NACPT graduates for possible job opportunities within multiple sites of the company.

CACHICO TECH CONSULTING INC: CaChiCo Tech is a pharmaceutical company with the mission of producing high-quality health products and equipment. CaChiCo Consulting is partnered with NACPT to provide corporate training services regarding medical devices, vaccines, agro pesticides, and so on used in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across the world and accruing suitable projects for NACPT graduates.

A.S. CHEMICAL LABORATORIES INC: A.S chemical laboratory is a pioneer in supplying pharmaceutical API to many pharmaceutical/chemical companies, food , and flavor industry. NACPT has established an affiliation with A.S. Chemical Laboratories in terms of providing quality service and training to our students. The services provided during the training sessions will be based on chemical analyses, method development, and validation. A.S. Chemical Laboratories also offers the job for co-op/contract positions for qualified NACPT candidates.

CHEMI PHARMACEUTICAL INC: NACPT has extended the partnership with Chemi Pharmaceutical Inc. to provide corporate training and placement services. Both NACPT and Chemi Pharmaceutical Inc., are working based on student services. A wide range of services regarding the chemical and pharmaceutical industry will be taught to the students along with the hands-on experience. The Company will also recruit the best performing students during the training session.

ARGUS LABORATORIES INC: Argus Laboratory is a small-scale laboratory in Toronto, Ontario. It provides services  on cannabis, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical testing. Argus is currently aiming towards R&D Method Development as well as providing superior training programs to college students and graduates. Their team of chemists is experts in quality control and method development. NACPT has an affiliation with Argus to provide excellent training to our students in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CANNABIS ASSOCIATION: NACPT has an affiliation with IMCA opportunities to offer more opportunities for students from cannabis and pharmaceutical programs. ICMA plays a major role in recruiting students regarding the  R&D fields. Also, students attain exposure in various aspects including infused product developmental studies, tissue culture, cloning,  stability studies, and testing method development and validation. There are various other affiliations of NACPT to aid students in placements and exposures regarding the related fields.

VALIDATIONTECH INC: NACPT is a leading company in modern validation technology. They provide services to several cannabis and pharmaceutical industries. Currently, Validation Tech Inc., is a Health Canada’s approved cannabis testing facility to provide analytical testing services to cannabis licensed producers and natural health products (NHP) in the market. NACPT is affiliated with Validationtech Inc., in terms of participating in the outsourcing projects for cannabis and NHP analytical testing, facility validation, utility validation, equipment validation (IQ/OQ/PQ), method development and method validation, computer validation, cleaning validation, sterile validation, process validation, cleanroom certification, temperature mapping, and many more related services. Validation Tech provides co-op/contract positions for qualified NACPT candidates.

PATHEON Inc., is a pharmaceutical company who produces pharmaceutical medications and performs technology transfer, validation, quality control and quality assurance services to its clients. Patheon Inc.,hires NACPT graduates in various capacities. 

CMAX Technologies Inc., is a R&D company in Markham, Ontario. CMAX Technologies Inc. provides services for Natural Health Products (NHP) and Cannabis R&D. NACPT has an affiliation with CMAX Technologies Inc.,  to provide excellent training to our students in cannabis and NHP.

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