Advanced Dispensary Associate Certificate

Gain advanced job skills and knowledge to excel as a dispensary agent. 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 recordkeeping, and product safety. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared for a career working in cannabis retail.

  • Gain access immediately upon registration
  • 100% online
  • 8-week program
  • Pay in full ($800) or 
  • Three monthly installments of $283.34 


*You MUST be 18 years or older to enroll in any of our cannabis certificate programs.
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Topics covered include:

Unit 1
  • Marijuana’s Effects on the Human Body
  • Cannabis Control Commission 
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Checking IDs
  • Code of Massachusetts Regulations
  • Health and Safety Best Practices
  • Waste Disposal
  • Patient and Consumer Allotment & Right to Refuse Sales
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Transportation and Delivery
  • Business Records
  • Labeling
  • Enforcement & Discipline
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 


This unit fulfills the requirements for Responsible Vendor Training in Massachusetts

Unit 2
  • History and Botany of the Cannabis Plant 
  • Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and the Endocannabinoid System 
  • Delivery Methods and Cannabis Products 
  • Dosing, Titration, and Quality Assurance 
  • Onboarding New Patients: What to Cover 
Unit 3
  • Creating a Health and Safety Plan 
  • Transportation Requirements 
  • Best Practice Security Procedures 
  • Inventory Tracking 
  • The Importance of Documentation and Recordkeeping 
  • Product Transactions, Testing, and Storage