Introduction to Cultivation for Budtenders

9 modules


Course Length
180 mins

Rikki Lee



The fundamentals of professional cannabis cultivation

An overall understanding of all areas of the business is important to increasing your level of professionalism and the quality of service you can provide to patients and customers. And one of the most important areas in our business is growing the plant. How cannabis is cultivated can spell the difference between excellent bud or an inferior product. But it’s more than just a quality issue. Different cultivation techniques affect the potency, flavor and appearance of our products, as well as the quantity of products we have to sell.

Get up-close to learn about the cannabis plant.

To be a budtender you don’t have to know how to grow cannabis, but a good understanding of how it’s grown will make you more professional, promotable, and more valuable to your clients.

Understand the process of preparing clones.

That’s where Introduction to Cultivation for Budtenders comes in. This interactive and engaging self-paced online course will give you a thorough understanding of the key elements of cultivation. Customers want the education you’ll be able to provide, giving a deep understanding to help them determine which products are best for them.

Calculate how much growing space your plants will need.

Store owners and managers, the Introduction to Cultivation for Budtenders course provides the detailed expertise that will differentiate you and your store from your competitors. Whether you own a rec store or dispensary, or you manage one, your goal is to provide your customers with the best possible experience. This often involves educating your clients about cannabis and this includes how it is cultivated. This course, along with Budtender 1 and 2, works to help you and your staff better serve your customers and create long-lasting relationships. 

Find out which type of lighting equipment to use.


Here's what you'll learn:

  • The parts of the plant and which parts are used for cannabis products
  • Species and strains, and which are most highly prized
  • Different growing techniques for sativas and indicas
  • Seeds vs. clones and how to decide which to grow from
  • The cannabis grow cycle and how it varies by strain
  • How to “veg” for maximum yield
  • How to organize a professional grow room
  • The critical components of soil for growing cannabis
  • The important role that pH plays and how to manage it
  • The fundamentals of nutrients for maximizing yield and quality
  • The basics of light spectrum and how it affects cannabis
  • The role of intensity and photoperiod in growing cannabis
  • The difference between HID and LED lights and how to select the best one
  • Water schedules and procedures for cannabis cultivation
  • The roles that carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity play in growing
  • The fundamentals of pest control


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Cannabis Industry Institute Certificate of Completion

Module 1: Introduction
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Module 2: Cannabis Characteristics
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Module 3: Cannabis Growth Cycle
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Module 4: Starting to Grow
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Module 5: Soil and Nutrient Basics
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Module 6: Lighting Basics
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Module 7: Water and Air Basics
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Introduction to Cannabis Growing Final Exam
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End-of-course evaluation
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All purchases are final. Courses must be completed within 90 days of enrollment.

Only the student who enrolls in the course is allowed to complete it. One enrollment equals one student.

To successfully complete the course and receive a Certificate of Completion you must take and pass the final exam with a score of 80% or better. If your final exam score is less than 80% you can review the course and retake the final up to two additional times. If you fail to achieve an 80% score on your final exam after three attempts you must re-enroll, pay, and re-take the course to try to achieve a passing score.

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