Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate

Available through college partners

Get equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, in-demand cannabis retail professional with dispensary agent training.

Taught exclusively by leading industry experts and operators, this 9-week online certificate program gives you a foundational understanding of the cannabis supply chain, as well as the skills needed to excel in the cannabis retail environment, including product knowledge and customer engagement. 

Program Details


45 Hours




45 Hours



Course Description

Delivered through video lectures, readings, and e-learning modules, this interactive online dispensary training program will ensure you have the knowledge and credibility needed to build your career in cannabis retail, work in a dispensary, or even start your own dispensary.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive an official Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate backed by the GF Institute, the industry-standard in cannabis credentials. Plus, you’ll gain access to the GF Institute Employer Network, a platform of growing cannabis companies eager to hire graduates with this type of education and qualification.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the cannabis industry and take your career to the next level. Enroll today and join the ranks of other successful cannabis retail professionals!

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.

You'll learn:

  • How cannabis works in the body
  • Medical conditions cannabis can be used for
  • Delivery methods and how they influence psychoactivity
  • Flower, topicals, tinctures, concentrates and infused products and edibles
  • The major and minor cannabinoids
  • Therapeutic uses of THC and CBD
  • Terpenes and how they interact with cannabinoids
  • Setting customer expectations
  • Titration and dosing
  • State and local compliance considerations
  • Distribution in the cannabis supply chain
  • Intro to processing and manufacturing
  • Long term viability of extraction and infused products
  • Evolution of the distribution sector
  • Traceability and recalls
  • Social sustainability
  • Fair labor practices
  • Policies and procedures
  • Record keeping…and more

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 nine weeks to complete the program starting from the date you register.

The programs were designed to be completed in nine 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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