Definition - What does Master Grower mean?
A Master Grower is essentially an informal/unofficial certification or status within the legal cannabis industry. It is conferred by several different organizations both in classroom settings and online to prepare individuals to oversee all aspects of a marijuana growing enterprise. In other words, the title is handed down by peers in the industry, rather than a governing institution or equivalent.
Master Growers must not only be well versed and experienced in the growing of cannabis, but be generally educated in the fields of horticulture, agriculture and/or botany. Organizations and companies that hire Master Growers generally expect that they can handle every aspect of the grow from designing the space, figuring the equipment needs, composing the growing protocols, and may even be responsible for hiring all of the staff that would ultimately report to him or her.
Hydrolife explains Master Grower
There is not currently a standardized Master Grower program or any set of universally recognized skills that a Master Grower must possess. There are also no accredited institutions of higher education that confer the title of Master Grower onto anyone.
The status of Master Grower may or may not be required by all companies or individuals looking to hire someone to oversee their growing operation.
A proven combination of horticultural skills in the field or greenhouse setting, an acumen for making sound business decisions, and an understanding of growing cannabis will often substitute for any document touting one as a Master Grower.
Likewise, a person can, with experience, assume the role of Master Grower among many other growers, unofficially, by simply taking charge of the grow and being the troubleshooter.
If a grow room is operated by a sole individual, that person may or may not simply refer to themselves as a Master Grower, by default.