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CANNABIS POST-SECONDARY DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Program Details

  • Program code: CAN.QC.QA.DIP
  • Credential Awarded: Post Secondary Diploma
  • Program Duration: 35 Weeks
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Program Intake: October 25, 2021 | January 24, 2022

*Please Note:Weekday and weekend schedules are available, contact the college for more details.

Program Overview

NACPT is the first college in Canada to provide government-approved cannabis post-secondary diploma credentials widely accepted by the Canadian and International Cannabis industry and regulatory standards. The legalization and commercialization of cannabis have increased demand for Quality Assurance Persons, Quality Control Analysts, Quality Assurance consultants, Quality Assurance Coordinators, QA Auditors and other QA/QC-related jobs in Canada. Successful completion of this nine-month cannabis diploma program will provide students with career-related skills and knowledge on cannabis Good Production Practices (GPP), Good Documentation Practices (GDP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), QA auditing, QC cannabis testing, cannabis scientific technical writing, cannabis quality assurance systems, quality management systems (QMS), and cannabis regulatory framework.

The Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance program provides you with the technical knowledge and skills for assuring that each cannabis product is safe and suitable for sale or to be provided under the Cannabis Act and Regulations. Our Quality Assurance for Cannabis training is recognized by industry leaders and accepted by regulatory agencies across Canada and at a global level.

The training will allow you to develop all the Quality Assurance systems and Quality Control program for cannabis and related companies including Good Production Practices (GPP), EU- GMP, Quality Assurance (QA) programs and Quality Management Systems (QMS), instrumentation (HPLC, GC, Dissolution and other systems), testing software training, record keeping, complaint, recall, sanitation, audit and inspection. The diploma will also cover implementing written procedures for the approval or rejection of all products, specifications, representative sampling plans, test methods, controls, results that affect the purity, quality and the composition of cannabis products, and change control, CAPA and gap analysis technical components.

Attendees may interact with the class and lead trainers for more clarifications or concerns. At the conclusion of training, qualified graduates will be awarded a post-secondary diploma. Employees of cannabis companies may utilize our certificate to fulfill their training needs as per Health Canada’s regulatory requirements.

The NACPT faculty are highly experienced professionals from the industry who have an extensive understanding of current industry trends in cannabis quality control and quality assurance. Hands-on experience is provided through quality control training, industrial workshops, guest speakers’ sessions, field trips, case studies, and internship opportunities for successful career placement.

JOB ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (OPTIONAL)

NACPT offers its unique job development program for all graduates. Being a part of the program will allow the graduates to work with an industry professional, individually, to obtain the maximum job opportunities in the Cannabis QA/QC industry. As part of the job development program, the career development team will help each NACPT graduate tailor the resume, prepare candidates for specific job positions, conduct mock interviews, connect with industry experts, and have exclusive access to the job market. Every qualified student will receive references on particular projects completed under this program. You will also have the opportunity to with NACPT alumni working in pharma or related sectors.

NACPT has designed this Job Development Program to help the students prepare a career plan knowing the industry better through expert advice. Please note that this program is optional and is not mandatory for graduation. Learn More.

GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS / EDUCATIONAL PLANS

NACPT offers various grants under the Government of Canada as well as scholarships to our students who are qualified for the same. Find out all the available grants from the link below.

Program Outline

Semester 1

CANQ001 – Cannabis Good Production Practices

CANQ002 – Introduction to Cannabis Laboratory Testing

CANQ008 – Cannabis Plant Science

CANQ0013 – Cannabis Regulations

CANQ009 – Cannabis Quality Assurance System

Semester 2

CANQ005 – Development of Cannabis Standard Operating Procedures

CANQ006 – Cannabis Good Documentation Practices

CANQ007 – Cannabis Scientific Technical Writing

CANQ003 – High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Semester 3


CANQ004 – Gas Chromatography

CANQ0010 – Cannabis Audit and Inspection

CANQ0011 – Quality Assurance for Cannabis Plant Biotechnology

CANQ0012 – Cannabis Licensed Producer Application

CANQ0014 – Cannabis Quality Management System

Industrial Workshops – The program will include industrial workshops where the students will closely work with the institution to go through industrial exposure.

Additional Program Info

  • Skills Acquired
  • Career
  • Admission Requirements
  • International Students
  • Domestic Students

Skills Acquired

Following are some of the skills you learn through this program:

  • Develop licensing processes by Cannabis Regulations Act
  • Develop QA (Quality Assurance) practices
  • Develop cannabis technical procedures, policies and protocols
  • Design self-inspection and regulatory inspection methods
  • Implement Quality Assurance Systems
  • Establish quality and risk management systems
  • Prepare and perform audit and inspection for cannabis companies
  • Perform cannabis product-tests
  • Review and approve procedures, protocols and Certificate of Analysis
  • Ability to perform product release
  • Conduct investigations
  • Perform Gap analysis
  • Ability to work with regulatory agencies
  • Ability to respond to inspection comments
  • Deal with customers complaints, returns, recalls and destruction
  • Review and approve change control procedures
  • Implement GxP into the cannabis process and systems
  • Make appropriate recommendations for improvements
  • Understand QAP roles, QA and QMS systems, and all regulatory requirement protocols

Career

Careers to pursue after graduation:

  • Responsible Person (RP)
  • Qualified Person in Charge(QPIC)
  • Quality Assurance Person (QAP)
  • Policy Makers/HR Associates
  • Cannabis Consultants/Educators
  • Cannabis Auditors
  • Cannabis Inspectors
  • Cannabis Technicians
  • Cannabis Analysts
  • Cannabis Technical Writers
  • Cannabis Extractors
Who Can Apply

Admission Requirements

  • High School graduate with background in Biology/Chemistry and Mathematics or equivalent;
  • Students at the age of 18 or above
Admission Requirements

International Students

  • Attach a copy of your academic record in your native language and in official/certified English translation.
  • Students from countries where first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency:
    IELTS Academic: An overall minimum score of 6.0 (no single test score below 5.0),
    TOEFL: 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 88 (internet based),
    CAEL: Overall band score of 60.
  • Students without an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent must write the Wonderlic Assessment Test.
  • Students who are or above 18 years of age should pass the Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test.
    (The assessment will help measure the cognitive ability and problem-solving aptitude of prospective employees for a range of occupations.)
  • Students are required to submit a Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Submit your application with required documents to info@nacptpharmacollege.com
Admission Requirements

Domestic Students

  • Attach a copy of your academic record in your native language and in official/certified English translation.
  • Students without an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent must write the Wonderlic Assessment Test.
  • Students who are or above 18 years of age should pass the Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test.
    (The assessment will help measure the cognitive ability and problem-solving aptitude of prospective employees for a range of occupations.)
  • Students are required to submit a Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Submit your application with required documents to info@nacptpharmacollege.com

application procedure

Please allow for 1 – 2 business days for our administrative team to review your application.

Once your application has been reviewed, our administrative team will contact you to book a meeting for any grant application (if applicable) or to create your payment plan.

Fee Structure

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Faculty of Cannabis Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Dr.Carlos Aragon

Carlos Aragon

Professor

– 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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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.

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Gaurav Raval

Professor

– B.Sc.in Pharma Chemistry, M.Sc.in 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.

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Kunal Sudan

CEO, Delta Eight Pharmaceuticals, Faculty Member of Industrial Cannabis Production Technology

Kunal Sudan earned his BA from McMaster University and Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Ryerson University. Kunal has been training students and cannabis licensed producers in various topics in the cannabis industry since 2019 at NACPT Pharma College. He has a thorough knowledge of Health Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations and all related regulations required in the cannabis industry.

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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 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. She is an innovative and creative leader with more than twenty years of hands-on experience in many scientific industries (medical cannabis, medical devices, environmental, food, pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical), complemented with fifteen years of academic and corporate training experience. She possesses extensive expertise and knowledge of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Formulation, Validation, Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Technology, Process Improvements, Auditing, and Inspection.

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