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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.

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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.

The Ganjier Full Certification Pathway costs $3,299, 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 “Online Curriculum”, and $2,999 for 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. 

Please view the Booking Calendar for currently available seats.

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

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:

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.

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