California Cannabis Retail Dispensary Training

Course Curriculum

Certification to Launch Your Career

Cannabis dispensary workers are the front line of the cannabis industry and help navigate product options for customers. They must understand how cannabis and cannabis products produce their effects and be able to convey dosing and safety information to customers.

A core element of working in a cannabis dispensary is familiarity and compliance with state law. In this course, we break down core concepts of dispensary work as well as provide a foundational understanding of federal and state laws and regulations.

This course covers the laws and regulations that budtenders must adhere to and the knowledge they need to provide accurate, lawful information to customers in the State of California. Completion of this course will provide a clear understanding of the laws surrounding possession and purchasing limits, consumption and travel, penalties for breaking these laws, and an understanding of the regulatory bodies that oversee cannabis businesses. In addition, it will cover security systems, ID verification, exit bag policy, delivery, hours of operation, and the supply chain. Acquiring proficiency in this course will allow budtenders to act in their role with knowledge, security, and professionalism.

Course Curriculum

  1. Federal vs. State Laws
  2. State of California Regulations
  3. Budtending Foundations
  4. Hygiene for Retail Workers
  5. The Effects of Cannabis
  6. Cultivar Selection
  7. Products, Methods of Ingestion & Dosing
  8. Customer Service

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the California Department of Cannabis Control as the regulatory agency that oversees cannabis laws.
  • Accurately communicate about city and state laws with customers.
  • Discuss relevant laws clearly and concisely.
  • Identify the regulations that must be adhered to when selling cannabis.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of regulations and limitations to sales.
  • Identify legal operating hours.
  • Recognize valid identification and the proper use of digital ID verification systems.

An Oaksterdam University certificate of completion may be printed upon passing the final exam.

About Our Self-Paced Electives

Self-Paced Programs are asynchronous, meaning you may log on and complete the courses anytime, anywhere that is convenient for you. You can access the course online as soon as you enroll.

Programs consist of reading materials developed by our expert faculty, accompanied by videos, texts, and recommended resources.

All self-paced programs include live links to a wealth of information that allow you to dig deeper into subjects of particular interest.

Each program also includes a Virtual Video and Resource Library with corresponding recorded lectures from our faculty.

Self-paced students receive access to virtual field trips, grow labs, the Oaksterdam Alumni Network, and more.

Completion of all requirements results in OU certification.

California Cannabis Retail Dispensary Training

Certification Program


Oaksterdam University’s California Responsible Vendor Training provides the most comprehensive education for pursuing a cannabis dispensary worker career in full compliance with California state law. This online course consists of educational resources developed by industry leaders and pioneers.

Certification Program – This course is only available online. There are no scheduled times. You may complete the modules at your own pace and have one calendar year to complete the course. An Oaksterdam University certificate of completion may be printed upon passing the final exam.

California Cannabis Retail Dispensary Training

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