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Applications will CLOSE on February 28th!

With the overwhelming demand we’ve experienced over the past two years, our admissions process has become quite competitive. Be assured, each and every application is thoughtfully weighed and carefully examined.

Final acceptance notifications will be sent by no later than March 17th.

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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.

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Everyone is welcome to apply and begin their journey towards becoming a Ganjier.  There are currently nearly three hundred Certified Ganjiers around the globe!

However, to become a Certified Ganjier requires commitment, in addition to 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.

To become a Certified Ganjier, you must successfully complete all 3 steps in the Certification process within 18 months from the date of your enrollment: 

Step 1 – Complete the Online Training 

Step 2 – Attend the In-Person Training 

Step 3 – Successfully Pass all three in-person exams 

  • Knowledge Exam
  • Service Exam
  • Assessment Exam 

Combining online coursework, tutorials, hands-on training, written and skill exams and an exclusive Systematic Assessment Protocol (The SAP) Ganjier will equip you with the skills and knowledge few in the industry (even the most seasoned veterans) possess.

The Ganjier Certification is a self-paced study program.  You may complete all three steps at any time, provided it is within 18 months from the date of your enrollment.

Paid in full at the time of enrollment, tuition for the Ganjier program is only $2997 and includes the online curriculum, 2 day in-person training, and one attempt at the 3-part exam. 

You can also choose to pay your tuition over six installments (with a small finance fee).

Yes.  Due to the Live Training aspect of the curriculum, as well as the three in-person certification tests, travel to Humboldt County, California, USA will be necessary to complete your certification.  Please note, travel expenses are NOT included in the tuition fee and are the sole responsibility of the student.

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

Please view the Booking Calendar for currently available seats.

Scholarship applications are currently closed.  Applications will reopen during our next enrollment period.  

We are pleased to offer a limited number of tuition scholarships for each enrollment cohort.  The application based scholarship covers 100% of the tuition and is offered strictly to those individuals who have been most directly and negatively impacted by the “War on Drugs”.

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 your Live Training date ONCE at no charge.  Additional changes will result in a $275.00 fee. 

Any and all cancellations made within 14 calendar days of your booked Live Training date will result in a $275.00 rescheduling fee.  Exam dates may only be changed or rescheduled with a $275.00 fee. Should you have to reschedule, you must do so in writing to: info@ganjier.com

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for additional details and information.

Green Flower, the global leader in cannabis education, worked in partnership with the Ganjier Council, 18 of the cannabis industry’s most respected and brilliant minds spanning disciplines from cultivation to concentrates, chemistry to commerce, to develop the standards, curriculum, tools, and testing that powers the rigorous Ganjier Certification.

Drawing structure and inspiration from well-established wine, beer, chocolate, and cigar Certification Programs, Ganjier was developed over multiple years with volunteer participation from the esteemed Ganjier Council — 18 experts who collectively hold over 600 years of cannabis experience, contributing more than 8,000 hours of development time.

  • Kevin Jodrey, Founder of Port Royal and Wonderland Nursery, Renowned Breeder and Cultivator, Emerald Cup and Golden Tarp Judge
  • Frenchy Cannoli, Master Hashishin, Cannabis Aficionado, Educator
  • Patrick King, “The Soil King,” Cannabis Entrepreneur, Founder of Soil King Garden Center, Plant Nutrient Expert
  • Jeffrey Raber, Organic Chemist, Chief Scientist, Co-Founder and President of The Werc Shop
  • Mel Frank, Hall of Fame Cannabis Breeder, Legendary Cultivator, Author of The Marijuana Grower’s Insider’s Guide
  • Swami Chaitanya, Iconic Cultivator, Competition Judge, Entrepreneur, Founder of Swami Select
  • Nikki Lastreto, Co-Founder of Swami Select, Cultivator, Cannabis Competition Judge
  • Nick Tanem (aka Nikka T), Award-Winning Hash Master, Owner of Essential Extracts
  • Wendy Kornberg, Legacy Cultivator, CEO of Sunnabis, Educator/Advisor
  • Omar Figueroa, Cannabis Legal Expert, Defense Attorney, Founding Member of National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Amanda Reiman PhD, Cannabis Educator, Advocate, VP Community Development for Flow Cannabis Co
  • Genine Coleman, Executive Director, Mendocino Appellations Project, Educator, 
  • Justin Calvino, Cultivator, Co-Founder of Emerald Exchange and The Mendocino Appellations Project, Executive Director, Terroir Mendocino
  • Kimberly Hooks, CEO of Frenchy Cannoli Brand, Aroma / Flavor Expert, Educator
  • Aaron Varney, Co-Founder of Dockside Cannabis, Educator, Advocate
  • Josh Wurzer, President of SC Labs, Cannabis Scientist, Educator
  • Alec Dixon, Co-Founder of SC Labs, Educator, Terpene Wizard
  • Derek Gillman, Managing Director of Ganjier, Legacy Cultivator, Connoisseur
    1. The Curriculum
      The Ganjier program represents the most thorough and rigorous cannabis sommelier program in the world, covering important topics such as cannabis quality, history, botany, science, genetics, cultivation, consumption, and service. Each portion of the curriculum is taught by the esteemed Ganjier Council, giving students unprecedented access to learn directly from the world’s most experienced cannabis experts.

    1. The Systematic Assessment Protocol™
      Also known as The SAP, this is our proprietary tool created to be the most thorough and accurate cannabis quality assessment method ever developed. The SAP harnesses the power of each of the four senses we use to interact with cannabis — Aroma, Appearance, Flavor, and Experience — to critically assess the genuine desirability of cannabis flower and concentrates based on a standardized set of criteria that was vigorously debated and agreed upon by the Ganjier Council. Every Ganjier also receives access to our signature mobile app, which allows you to perform The SAP Analysis on your smartphone anytime you wish.

    • The Certification Process
      In order to ensure quality and understanding at every level, the Ganjier Certification Process is deeply rigorous. It begins with enrollment into the 10 online courses, which then feeds into the live hands-on training to get direct feedback and guidance around using the SAP and practicing correct cannabis service, which then requires months of private study to refine your palate, and concludes with a 3-part exam in cannabis service, cannabis assessment, and cannabis knowledge to test and demonstrate your mastery in the Ganjier principles. Upon completion of these steps, you will be awarded the first level of certification: Certified Ganjier, which earns you the privilege of including the initials ‘CG’ after your name to indicate your professional trade certification status.
  • Accurately Assessing Cannabis Flowers & Concentrates
  • Artfully Executed Cannabis Service 
  • Business of Successful Cannabis Sales 
  • Botany of the Cannabis Plant 
  • Unraveling the Mysteries of Cannabis Genetics
  • History of Cannabis & Consumption
  • Understanding the Science of Cannabis 
  • Art & Science of Cannabis Cultivation 
  • Cannabis Processing Methodology 
  • Contemporary Cannabis Consumption 
  • World of Cannabis Connoisseurship

The Ganjier program is available to anyone around the globe.  We’ve hosted students from all over the world, including…Germany, Italy, Australia, Chile, France, Mexico, Canada, Columbia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Thailand, Israel, Moldova, Guam, and more. 

The initial step towards becoming a Certified Ganjier is the online portion of our curriculum. However, there are three steps to becoming 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™ Exam

All three steps must be completed within 18 months from the date of your enrollment

There are several core differences. 

The Ganjier program has been modeled after the top 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 initial level of the Ganjier curriculum have been tailored to train “a master of cannabis service”, someone who will be a trusted and reliable guide for the cannabis consumer.

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.

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 nearly 7 years, currently boasts having it’s curriculum offered in over thirty colleges and universities across the US, including some within the highly regarded University of California system, University of Arizona, Syracuse, and LSU.

Green Flower incurs significant expense in administering the Certified Ganjier program. 
Therefore: 

– You may change your Live Training date, with a minimum of 14 days advance notice, ONCE at no charge. Additional changes will result in a $275.00 fee. 

– Any and all cancellations made within 14 calendar days of your booked Live Training date will result in a $275.00 rescheduling fee.

– Exam dates may only be changed or rescheduled with a $275.00 fee.

– Attendance confirmation is required 30 days prior to the booked Live Training and / or Certification Exam(s). 

Should you have to cancel, you must do so in writing to: info@ganjier.com In the event that Green Flower cancels a scheduled Live Training or Certification Exam date(s) the student will be offered the opportunity to reschedule.

Green Flower incurs significant expense in administering the Certified Ganjier program.

Therefore:

  • You have 36 hours from the receipt of your initial payment to cancel and receive a full refund.  No refunds will be made after 36 hours from receipt of the initial payment.  To receive a refund, please reach out to info@ganjier.com no more than 36 hours after payment.

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