Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 Online Certification Course

Cannabis education that empowers you to sell more

Learn how to look past the hype of THC and Terpene labels & boost your sales and customer trust with credible cannabis recommendations.

Canada’s 1st and ONLY Cannabis Sommelier Certification.

More than a course, it’s a community of passionate cannabis professionals. Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 program develops your skills and gives you real tools that dramatically shortcuts your path to being the local expert that sells more with confidence.

Credible education you can rely on

Interactive education provided by industry experts

Stay up-to-date with market insights and connect with our community of weed lovers

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Choose your Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 certification course: in person or online

Special Bonus, weekly live Study Hall sessions with our instructors and our community of Cannabis Sommeliers.

For the best learning experience, we recommend you acquire your own cannabis to use as learning samples with the digital resources we provide. A list of recommended cultivars will be provided to you after you complete your enrolment.

Not able to obtain cannabis? Don’t sweat it. You can still learn with our videos and Study Hall sessions. Just like a cooking show, you don’t need all the ingredients on hand to learn how to cook a dish.

Online Course
Only $347 CAD

Self-guided, interactive online learning
with engaging videos and demonstrations

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Cannabis Sommelier Level 1
Online Certification

All digital.
Start learning now. 

Reg $347

Go at your own pace: certify yourself in 1 day, over a weekend, or take the entire year!

What you get in the program:

  • 8+ hours of engaging bite-sized videos and demonstrations
  • Cannabis Sommelier Student Workbook (digital) and curated resources
  • 1 Year access to your Level 1 online content – available on desktop, iOS and Android mobile devices with an internet connection. 

PLUS live online Study Hall sessions with our instructors and community!

What you’ll learn

Cannabis Sommelier
Level 1 Certification Program

Cannabis Ancestry, History & Culture

Learn how to give appreciation and respect to the ancestry, history and culture of cannabis from around the world by being able to identify its lineage and grade its quality.

Botany & Biochemical Constituents

Break down the various cannabinoids and chemicals that the plant can produce.


Learn the solvent-free and solvent-based extraction methods and the potency ranges of each product type.

Consumption Methods

Learn to provide safe guidance with each consumption method.

The Endocannabinoid System

Learn about the endocannabinoid system and entourage effect. Gain an understanding of why cannabis affects people differently and the medical contraindications for cannabis use.

Quality Assessment

Learn how to distinguish between low, medium, and high-quality cannabis. Identify potential issues with bud contamination and problematic bud.

Best Practices for Providing Guidance

Learn the compliant language and approach to guide cannabis consumers safely and effectively. Know how to engage with anyone on cannabinoid potency, terpene profiles, ancestry, and production method.

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Meet Your Instructors

Julie Domingo, CEO of CannaReps

Julie Domingo, CEO

Julie provides exemplary cannabis education and helps cannabis companies deliver the ultimate customer experience. Breaking barriers comes naturally to Julie, as the first Canadian female Apple Expert trainer, and the pioneer that obtained the first cannabis compassion club business license in Canada, while winning Lift industry awards 3 years in a row. As one of the rare women of colour CEO’s in the industry, Julie is humbly committed to removing stigmas, building community, and increasing industry standards for high-quality products and compassionate service.

Adolfo Gonzalez, Headmaster and Co-Founder of CannaReps

Adolfo Gonzalez C., Headmaster

The master educator of the CannaReps crew, Adolfo brings 20+ years of experience as a grower, community organizer, researcher, and consultant in the cannabis industry. Whether you’re an eager student or an industry veteran, Adolfo inspires people to adopt the ‘eternal learner’ mindset when it comes to cannabis because he believes that it can change lives and help communities heal when we treat the plant and its users with respect and understanding. Adolfo’s advocacy for dispensaries, clients, and deeper research in cannabis often see him at the head of the room, presenting his research and moving public policy forward. 

Our Cannabis Sommeliers LOVE our tools and techniques,
and positively impacting lives every day

“Novice, intermediate or expert—regardless of your cannabis knowledge, CannaReps will educate you, engage you, and leave you feeling excited and better informed for you part in the industry. Inspirational speakers, hands-on learning, and a course unlike any other!”

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Daniel Yamamoto

Cannabis Educator
Concord Medical Centre

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Kaya Arai

PR & Communications Specialist
Eminence Organic Skin Care

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Scott Goodman

Cannabis Consultant at Eden Empire
Cannabis Educator for TRUE FACT

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re a beginner who’s curious about the budding industry, a current industry professional who’s looking to brush up on cannabis product knowledge, or an entrepreneur looking to expand their knowledge—this course is the right answer for you! We give you solid, proven, evidence-based data that is as up-to-date as possible so you leave the class with all the top information.

The Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 program is great for beginners as the content provides critical and foundational concepts to understanding cannabis. We have had many cannabis “newbies” take the course and by the end, they feel empowered and confident in their cannabis knowledge. As this is a comprehensive program, you don’t need to do any additional reading or study prior to the program. A list of recommended articles, publications, and books to further your knowledge is provided in our references section.

Our Cannabis Sommelier courses were originally developed for in-person learning in a classroom setting where learners can study cultivars hands-on. We’ve developed the online course to deliver the same hands-on experience with skill-building activities!

This new delivery format gives us three advantages:

  1. A lower price point!
    In-person, Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 is normally $499 (plus travel expenses for out-of-town learners). We’re now able to offer the online course for just $257 CAD! Tuition is subject to change.
  2. The convenience of learning at your own pace!
    The program is now self-guided so you can pause, review a section, or take a break as life demands without losing access. We welcome all types of learners and are even more easily available to clarify concepts and answer questions. Your online course and exam never expire.
  3. Learn online from anywhere!
    The course content is accessible anytime from your computer or mobile device, as long as you have an internet connection. So many of you have asked us to come to your city or country—now we can learn in the comfort of your own home!
  4. Study Hall sessions!
    We’ve never been able to offer this to students before. Your online certification includes a bonus of 6 months (currently extended during the pandemic) of Study Hall sessions with the CannaReps team. We also make these videos available for playback in case you miss them.

This is a hybrid of an online course and live training. The core content is offered on our website where you get a combination of videos, hands-on activities, quizzes, and reference hand-outs. 

The live component is our weekly Study Hall sessions which are a new feature to our alumni community. The fun and relaxed sessions are where you get to the latest updates on all things cannabis—directly from our instructors. Ask all your questions, connect with other learners, and stay up-to-date on the latest cannabis products and science. Not only does our team deliver extra bonus content every session, but this is also a great networking opportunity for those interested in the cannabis industry!

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the core content of your course for as long as you like—across any and all devices you own.

As part of your course, we provide almost everything you need to learn. For the best learning experience, we recommend you acquire your own cannabis (approximately 10.5g) to use as learning samples with the digital resources we provide. A list of recommended cultivars will be e-mailed to you after you complete your enrolment.

  • Not able to obtain cannabis? Don’t sweat it — choose the Digital Certification option! You’ll learn all the core content by watching our videos and attending the Study Hall sessions. Just like a cooking show, you don’t need all the ingredients on-hand to learn how to cook a dish!

Yes, this course is available internationally and we already have students across the USA and around the world.

One of the hurdles that you may encounter is your ability to access cannabis depending on the laws applicable to your state or country. However, you don’t need to have cannabis on hand to enjoy the program, as you can still learn by watching us complete the demonstrations.

Bulk registrations for Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 can be purchased in quantities of 6 or more. You’ll have an online administration page to enrol each team member now or in the future as your team grows (we’re happy to help!). Contact us at for more information.

This is a self-paced course, with a total of 8-10 hours of instructional lessons. All the topics are broken down into mini-lessons so you can stop for a break after each lesson or activity. The best experience is to take the course in sequence as the course is designed in a building block style where each lesson is a foundation for the next. The last lesson ties in all the learning provided in previous sections.

We believe so strongly in our courses that you will gain knowledge and confidence about cannabis for your own consumption and guidance for others. If you feel that you are unsatisfied with the course content and that it did not add value to your understanding of cannabis, please contact us within 30 days and we will give you a refund.

Now Available! The Cannabis Sommelier Level 2 program is a highly interactive program that requires close examination of cannabis products in person. Successful completion of Cannabis Sommelier level 1 is required before taking the Level 2 program. 

We are considering offering parts of Level 2 content online such as the lectures and theories in the near future so please stay tuned. The interactive and sensory development components are impossible to conduct online as there is a large component of smelling and handling products—many of which are difficult to find on the market. There are also regulatory restrictions preventing us from shipping out cannabis products and we must adhere to them. 

Level 2 is a very fun and interactive experience, where it is worth meeting and learning with other cannabis community members. The activities we have designed include group work and the discussions among the students are very valuable to cement your learning. We hope to be able to host Level 2 sessions in select cities across Canada in 2023.

Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for course date announcements.


Age verification required to ensure students are of legal age to access Cannabis.

18+ in Alberta, 21+ in Quebec, 19+ in all other Canadian provinces, 21+ in the USA.