Advanced Dispensary Associate Certificate

Available through college partners

Dispensary agents play a critical role in the cannabis industry, helping educate clients and patients about the effects of cannabis, while ensuring a good shopping experience and ultimately – a good experience with the products.

Now you can study what it takes to be a dispensary agent, so that you can launch your new cannabis career. This fully online course can be completed at your convenience, and includes 45 hours of instruction put together by the leading cannabis industry experts.

Program Details


45 Hours




45 Hours



Course Description

This program was designed by industry professionals to help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful dispensary agent. You’ll learn cannabis basics, along with industry best practices that will allow you to quickly walk into a role in any cannabis retail environment. 

Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a certificate of completion from your chosen college. Additionally, you’ll gain access to the Employer Network, which includes access to a digital badge to display your credential, as well as membership to the GF Institute, the professional organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professionalism, credibility, and equity in the cannabis industry. 

Topics Covered

You will study a range of topics, including: the history and botany of the cannabis plant, cannabinoids, terpenes, and the Endocannabinoid System, as well as health and safety training, best security procedures, inventory tracking, the importance of documentation and record-keeping, and product safety.

Course modules include:

  • The Importance of Health and Safety
  • Hygiene and Personnel Best Practices
  • Product Safety
  • Packaging and Labeling
  • Sanitation and Cleaning
  • History and Botany of the Cannabis Plant
  • Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Delivery Methods and Cannabis Products
  • Dosing, Titration, and Quality Assurance
  • Clean and Safe Cannabis
  • Transporting Cannabis 
  • Best Practice Security Procedures
  • The Importance of Tracking your Inventory 
  • Documentation and Recordkeeping
  • Pest Control 
  • Facility and Sanitary Operations
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Onboarding New Patients: What to Cover

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you’ll be able to: 

  • Define compliance and operational excellence
  • Analyze plant and human biology in relation to cannabis 
  • Identify the various cannabis products and delivery methods available to the customer
  • Examine quality customer service and patient care to increase sales
  • Understand dosing and titration strategies for patient care excellence
  • Optimize health and safety procedures

Sample Course Content

This certificate serves as a thorough training for the job role of a dispensary agent. 

Once you have completed all three units and passed the exams, you will be rewarded with the official Advanced Dispensary Associate Certificate. Below you can explore sample course content from the video lectures.


The programs are self-paced and you can register and begin the courses at any time. You’ll have eight weeks to complete the program starting from the date you register.

The programs were designed to be completed in eight weeks. You may complete the program faster, depending on the amount of time you dedicate each day. 

Students should expect to dedicate around 6 hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from the college they choose. 



  • Those interested in becoming a dispensary employee
  • Existing dispensary employees
  • Dispensary team leads



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