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Cannabis Programs


Established in 2009, NACPT is the first career college in Canada to introduce dedicated Cannabis programs. 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.

NACPT offers two Cannabis Post-secondary 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 programs carefully chosen for graduates and industry experts.

Join the first Canadian government-approved cannabis post-secondary diploma programs, certificate programs, and corporate training & consulting at NACPT Pharma College.

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.

Contact Info

Cannabis Program

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Working Days: Mon – Fri
Working Hours: 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Course Offers

Graduate Diploma

Cannabis Quality Control & Quality Assurance

Program Code: CAN.QC.QA.DIP

Full-time: 35 Weeks

Industrial Cannabis Production Technology

Program Code: IND.CAN.PROT.DIP

Full-time: 35 Weeks


  • “I am from the food industry. After this training, I have in-depth knowledge and the information needed for [a career in the] Cannabis Industry. I feel like I have been fulfilled with knowledge and understanding of the regulations, responsibilities I can bring to my work to deal with challenges. All is well.”

    Alpesh Patel
    Quality Assurance Specialist
  • “I am absolutely honored to have been under your study. You have shown me what a graceful, knowledgeable, highly educated woman in a leadership role acts like. I cannot wait to continue my education with your business. Your integrity and the fact that you risked your reputation and career to help improve and set standards for the cannabis industry is astounding. Thank you”

    Olivia Brown CNHP, RRPR
    CEO - Professional Cannabis Consulting Inc.
  • “I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and I was looking for a career change in the cannabis industry. Excellent QA training and I appreciate the insightfulness of the requirements. Thank you, instructors, for sharing your “life experience” in the pharma/GMP/cannabis field. I truly admire your professionalism. Right after the completion of the QA training, I landed in a QA lead role in a leading cannabis company”

    Chandresh Vyas
    Quality Assurance Manager
  • I got outstanding attention from NACPT. They are outstanding in helping students search for jobs, prepare a resume and interviews, personality development, etc. Teaching staff and administrative staff are friendly and very flexible, Year 2017.

    Mohammed Siddiqui
    Production Associate
  • “Helped reinforce concepts and helped me to visualize. It gave me a better idea of what to expect in the Cannabis Industry.”

    Owen Mitchell from
    Quality Assurance Associate
  • Perfect place for study under the supervision of the director, her dedication in helping students with great knowledge and with excellent industrial networks are reaping success stories of NACPT students.. Wish this institute would help as many students as possible with their experienced staff, who are current professionals from Pharma industries. The director and her associates are fantastic and really helps students in difficult times.. Feeling happy for being a student here, Year 2016.

    Siva Babu Jonnalagadda
    Volunteer - Milner Health Care
  • It was good! Year 2020.

    Daniel Pobojewski
    Cannabis Master Grower Practices
  • Excellent Lectures. Exceallent learning Programs, Year 2020.

    Joji Joseph
    Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Cannabis Quality Assurance webinar
  • Great workshop. Valuable Information. Year 2020.

    Fabiana Lapa
    Senior Account Manager at Isolocity, Cannabis Quality Assurance webinar
  • It was very useful and many information was covered during this training. Year 2020.

    Alireza Asghari
    Quality Assurance Manager at ROSE LifeScience Inc. Cannabis Quality Assurance webinar
  • Lecture was good, including the nutritive value of food, nutrition facts table and how it impacts on the treatment of diseases especially cannabis edibles for medical purposes. HACCP analysis was very good with details, overall. Year 2019.

    Rachel Lyza
    Nutrition Manager, Canadian Society of Nutrition Management Preventive Control Plans for Cannabis
  • The case studies and examples shared along with the dean’s much disciplined expertise really elevated our understanding of the quality control we need to be concerned about at every stage of the cannabis supply chain order to meet the highest international standards in a post-legalization world. A cross sectoral understanding of pharmaceutical and food service industries really enhanced the foundation of this course. Year 2019.

    Arundati Dandapani
    Preventive Control Plans for Cannabis
  • Useful to hear from experienced professionals and to validate the information currently understood. Year 2019.

    Dario Jeginovic
    Senior Consultant at CannDelta Inc. Preventive Control Plans for Cannabis
  • Very good starting point for PCP. Year 2019.

    Nav Sidhu
    Manager - Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs at Motif Labs Preventive Control Plans for Cannabis
  • This course was very useful in reassuring that all my studies have been correct along the line of following all aspects of GXP. Year 2020.

    Katsirakeron McCombe
    Cannabis Master Grower Practices Production Team Member at SUBLIME CULTURE
  • Thankyou for including the students in this session. It was extremely useful and insightful. It was a great overall summary of the details that I have learnt by attending the NACPT Industrial Cannabis Production Technology course which I am enjoying alot. I am planning to combine my training as a lawyer with the skills I am learning on the course to embark on a new exciting career. Thank You NACPT. Year 2020.

    Kevin Deren Naidoo
    Cannabis Master Grower Practices South African Regulatory Lawyer
  • Thank you for the internship!

    Black Rose Organics

Student Hired Companies:


Healthcare / Research / Government organizations

Instructor Profile

Prof. Alex Goldstein

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.

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Dr.Carlos Aragon

Carlos Aragon


– PhD, Biotechnology, M.Sc., Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Carlos Aragon is a Specialist in Process and Products at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, 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.

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Dr. AKM Abdul Hai

Dr. AKM Abdul Hai


– Organic Chemistry, PhD

Dr. AKM Abdul Hai has years of experience as a Product Development Scientist involving API Synthesis and Analytical Method and Formulation. His extensive knowledge of processes of Biopharmaceutical drug products supported his career in Canada and abroad. To name a few, Dr. Hai has worked as a Scientist in Matesci Inc, Scarborough and CMI Cosmetic, Toronto. Dr. Hai completed his PhD from Okayama University, Japan and acquired specialisation in Organo-copper Chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical and Bio pharmaceutical Modern Technology.

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Elena Cristache

Elena Cristache

Senior Scientist

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.

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Gaurav Raval

Gaurav Raval


– Pharma Chemistry, Pharma Sciences at University of Toronto

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

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Gavin Clark

Gavin Clark

Managing Director, Delta Eight Pharmaceuticals Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Production Technology

Gavin Clark has a deep understanding of cannabis and the developing industry in Canada as well as internationally. This includes the many beneficial properties of cannabis chemistry, their medical applications as well the legal framework regulating it in Canada. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Political Science. 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.

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Karim Meghji

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.

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Rathi Pharam

Rathi Param

President / Founder & Dean

– B.Sc., Post Graduate Pharma QA & QC, MBA / TECH

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.

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  • 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.

Partner Companies

Global Medical Procedures

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: 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

Blackrose Organics

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(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

Pharma Medica

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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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