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Creating an Entirely New Class of Cannabis Professional

Just as the wine, cheese, beer, chocolate, and cigar industries have highly-trained, certified experts qualified to distinguish the nuanced qualities of their respective products, the burgeoning cannabis industry is in dire need of its own class of educated and certified professionals that help consumers find and enjoy products that exceed their expectations.

Enter the Ganjier®

Whose multidisciplinary knowledge and astute professionalism serve to raise the standards of excellence throughout the cannabis industry. Specifically, the Ganjier is trained to:

  • Be a trusted guide for the cannabis consumer
  • Perform critical discernment of cannabis quality by understanding the finer points, nuances and complexities of the cannabis plant, from terpenes to terroir
  • Inform retail buyers of what to expect, and curate menus for optimal sales and enjoyment
  • Educate dispensary managers, staff, and budtenders on cannabis service and sales
  • Establish and maintain a trusted rapport and be a liaison between cultivator, distributor, and seller, from farm to flame
  • Develop the lexicon to accurately communicate standards, values and quality throughout the industry
  • Elevate the credibility of cannabis enterprise by having a credentialed professional on staff
  • Raise the standard of excellence, consistency, and quality in cannabis

The Ganjier Council

Led by the cannabis industry’s most respected and brilliant minds spanning six decades of experience and disciplines, from cultivation to concentrates, chemistry to commerce, the Ganjier Council was established to guide, validate, and endorse the accuracy, validity, and rigor of the Ganjier® Certification Program.

Collectively contributing 8,000+ hours of time over two years of development, the result is an unprecedented, uncompromising, rigorous and comprehensive certification program, examining and exploring the finer points, complexities, and nuances of cannabis including history, science, botany, genetics, cultivation, processing, sale, and consumption.

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The Systematic Assessment Protocol

A cornerstone of the Ganjier Certification Program is our proprietary Systematic Assessment Protocol, better known as The SAP, which is the most thorough and accurate cannabis quality assessment method ever developed.

The SAP harnesses the power of each of the four senses that interact with cannabis — Appearance, Aroma, Flavor, and Experience — to critically assess the true quality of cannabis flower and concentrates based on a standardized set of criteria.

While lab tests may be useful for providing a snapshot of the chemical profile of cannabis, in order to reliably identify the genuine desirability of any gustatory based product, we must utilize our own senses. This is known to be true in the world of fine wine, cigars, chocolate, coffee, cheese, etc. Every epicurean based industry relies upon trained specialists to assess, judge, and characterize the essence of these delicacies.

Coupled with our Certified level training, the SAP empowers the Ganjier to deliver the information and knowledge that is essential to consumers at every level, making them an invaluable asset to any Enterprise.

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In the tradition of the wine sommelier, cigar aficionado or master chocolatier, Ganjier is a first-of-its-kind rigorous, multi-tiered, comprehensive cannabis trade certification training, created and taught by the most respected names in the field with the sole intent of producing an entirely new class of cannabis professional – the Ganjier.In the tradition of the wine sommelier, cigar aficionado or master chocolatier, Ganjier is a first-of-its-kind rigorous, multi-tiered, comprehensive cannabis trade certification training, created and taught by the most respected names in the field with the sole intent of producing an entirely new class of cannabis professional – the Ganjier.

Everyone over the age of 18 years is welcome to apply to begin their journey towards becoming a Ganjier.  We have students from all over the globe who have enrolled and attended our live training sessions in Humboldt County, California.

It is strongly recommended that all candidates have a significant amount of existing cannabis experience.

Additionally, to become a Certified Ganjier requires a keen sense of smell and taste.  If you have known issues or problems with your sense of smell and / or taste, this may impact your ability to pass the Assessment exam.  Having the ability to be trained to accurately assess the qualitative and desirable aspects of cannabis is a critical component of becoming a Certified Ganjier.  If you are unable to pass any of the three exams, including the Assessment exam, you will NOT be awarded certification.

Acceptance into the program is an application based process.  

Enrollment for 2022 is SOLD OUT.  Please join the Interest List for future availability.

The Ganjier Full Certification Pathway costs $3299, and includes ALL THREE STEPS to become a Certified Ganjier: the online curriculum, in-person training, and 3-part exam. You can also purchase each step in the Ganjier Certification process separately, which is $799 for the “First Step / Online Curriculum”, and $2,999 to “Complete My Journey” which includes the Live Training & Exams ( 2-day in-person training, 3-part exam).

Due to the Live Training aspect of the curriculum, as well as the three in-person certification tests, travel to Humboldt County, California, will be necessary to complete your certification.  

Students are responsible for costs incurred for travel and lodging (some establishments provide discounted rates exclusively for Ganjier students).  Upon registration, you will be provided with detailed accommodation and travel options to the region in the Ganjier Student Prep Guide 

Our 2-day, expert-led, in-person trainings are held monthly on our spectacular 250 acre campus located in the heart of California’s “Emerald Triangle” region from May-October. 

2023 training dates will be released in November, 2022.

We offer a limited number of tuition scholarships for the Full Certification Pathway each year.  The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition and is offered, on an application basis, to anyone who has been directly and negatively impacted by the “War on Drugs”.  If you believe you qualify, you may apply for the scholarship on your enrollment application.

Additionally, we offer flexible payment plan options for those who wish to spread the cost of the tuition over multiple payments.

To learn more about our scholarships or payment options, please contact info@ganjier.com

You may change EITHER your Live Training or Exam date (but not both) ONCE within 18 months of booking at no charge.

Additional changes will result in a $275 rescheduling fee.

Attendance confirmation is required 30 days prior to your booked Live Training and / or Exam dates.

ANY and ALL cancellations made within 14 calendar days of your booked Live Training or Exam date will result in a $275 rescheduling fee.

Should you have to cancel, you must do so in writing to:  info@ganjier.com

As a matter of convenience and financial flexibility, you are eligible to book your Exam date immediately following your 2-day Live Training.  However, we STRONGLY recommend that you return home after your 2-day in-person live training to STUDY and PRACTICE prior to booking your exam date.  The exams are thorough and rigorous.  We recommend that you only book your exam date when you are fully confident that you are properly prepared.

2023 Live Training and Exam dates will be made available for booking to currently enrolled students in November, 2022.  

There are several core differences. 

The Ganjier program has been modeled after the top wine sommelier schools. 

There are three steps to become a Certified Ganjier:

Step 1 – Complete the Online Training 

Step 2 – Attend the 2-day, In-person, expert led Live Training 

Step 3 – Pass the In-Person Written, Service, and SAP™ Exams

The Ganjier program has been specifically tailored to equip the student with the knowledge and skills to be a “cannabis sommelier”, a Ganjier. 

As an example, while we have a “cultivation” course in this program, it is not designed to teach the student how to grow cannabis.  The cultivation course teaches the student about each of the decisions that the grower makes that affect the end quality of the flower.   We discuss the qualitative differences between sungrown vs lamp grown, chemical vs organic / living soil, drying only vs drying and curing, etc.  

Each of the courses in the Certified level of the Ganjier curriculum have been tailored to train “a master of cannabis service”, someone who is a trusted and reliable guide for the cannabis consumer.

The Ganjier program, along with the 18 experts in the Ganjier Council, was developed under Green Flower.  Green Flower, the leader in cannabis education for over six years, currently boasts having it’s curriculum offered in over 30 colleges and universities across the US, including some within the highly regarded University of California system.

No.  There are no government agencies either certifying or accrediting cannabis education at this time.  We are currently in discussions with a group that anticipates establishing an accrediting body under ANSI for cannabis education before the end of 2022.  Our program has been developed with accreditation in mind and plans to seek accreditation, per the ISO / IEC 17024, standard the moment the accrediting body has been established.

The curriculum was developed by the Ganjier Council, 18 of the most respected experts in the cannabis industry with over 600 years of collective cannabis knowledge, experience, and expertise.  The Ganjier Council was established to guide, validate, and endorse the accuracy, validity, and rigor of the Ganjier Certification Program.

Ganjier Is Powered By Green Flower

Since 2014, Green Flower has been the leader in cannabis education and training, impacting millions of people around the globe, bolstering a network of 700+ credible subject matter experts, partnering with Colleges & Universities to power their cannabis curriculums, and creating the largest library of cannabis education content in the world.

Ganjier Is Powered
By Green Flower

Since 2014, Green Flower has been the leader in cannabis education and training, impacting millions of people around the globe, bolstering a network of 700+ credible subject matter experts, partnering with Colleges & Universities to power their cannabis curriculums, and creating the largest library of cannabis education content in the world.

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