Cannabis Dispensary Operations Diploma

A Dispensary Operations  Diploma readies you for cannabis, customers and compliance.

With cannabis distribution legal in 38 states and districts and counting, the need for qualified dispensary administrators, operators and sales people has never been higher. Cannavision Institute’s accredited Cannabis Dispensary Operations program, delivered online over 7 months, equips you with the managerial knowledge and skills needed to excel as an employee or get started as an entrepreneur.

Learn to navigate state and federal cannabis laws, provide expert guidance to clients, and oversee a licensed cannabis dispensary. Understand the regulations and opportunities in transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. Gain the expertise to securely transport and track cannabis between business licenses. Most importantly, expand your career horizons.

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Program Details – 7-Month Diploma

The Cannabis Dispensary Operations program provides managerial knowledge and assists with dispensary operations in alignment with state and federal laws that regulate cannabis distribution to clients. The program prepares students to work to oversee a licensed cannabis dispensary. Students should acquire skills to interact with and educate cannabis clients in a regulated environment and the foundational knowledge to pursue additional careers in the cannabis industry.

Students seeking employment in this field must be 21 years or older and comply with regulations regarding a criminal background check. Dispensary employees will need to meet State Department of Financial & Professional Regulations requirements to acquire an Agent Keyholder Card.  In addition, the program could prepare students for employment in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management for the cannabis industry. This program should prepare transporters to apply state laws and regulations to securely transport and track cannabis between business licenses. To be employed as a cannabis transporter, employees must be 21 years of age, meet the requirements to obtain a Department of Agriculture identification card, and pass a federal fingerprint test. 

In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem-solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal to about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment as a cannabis dispensary employee and/or cannabis dispensary transportation administration position.  

Students must possess a high school diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (e.g., GED), and pass a Digital Learning Readiness Assessment with a score of 60 or higher.

Students who will not be 21 years old by the time they graduate from the program are not advised to enroll due to a potential inability to find employment in the cannabis field in their state.

All students must be interviewed by an admissions representative to determine if they have the maturity, motivation, commitment and dedication to succeed in the programs they have chosen and the qualities of personality that will help make placement assistance effective.

Students who have been convicted of a crime which may affect their ability to be eligible for employment in their chosen field may be denied admission.

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. Click here to apply online.

Program Length:7 Months
Total Hours:600
Books & Fees:$2,300

This program is asynchronous, meaning students do not meet for class at specific times; instead, students complete their weekly assignments, quizzes, tests, and discussions as their schedule dictates.

Students participate in two classes every five weeks and should expect to commit 12-15 hours weekly to homework and studying. Each week begins Monday and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM Eastern, except week five, which ends Thursday at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Instructors have live, virtual office hours to provide students with academic support.

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Introduction to Cannabis
This course will discuss the basic life cycle of the plant/plant properties, and the natural origins and evolution of cannabis. Course will also include topics related to how cannabis influenced commercial, medical, ritual and religious practices in culture. 

 Introduction to Cannabis Advocacy
This course covers logistic concepts including cannabis stigma, societal perception and current research in cannabis medicine 

Dispensary Operations
This course covers logistic concepts including transportation, inventory, packaging, warehousing, materials handling, order processing, safety protocol and facility location. 

The Experience of Illness
This course explores illness as a social scientific construct, including exploring the intersection of chronic illness and personal identity. The course provides students a practical look at how Cannabis Patient Care Specialists communicate with (and educate) patients. 

Cannabis Plant Genetics
This course covers logistic concepts including cannabis seeds, strain lineages, cross-breeding, cloning, and research testing. 

Cannabis Retail Strategies
This course covers content related to cannabis retail strategies that include customer service, line management, and accessories.  

Human Resource Management
This course is an introductory course in human resources. Topics include business management and strategy, workforce planning, human resource development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management. 

Training and Development
This course introduces students to the development of training programs.  Students will learn various strategies for training and for designing training programs that are based on user needs. 

Staffing and Hiring Process
This course focuses on recruiting, selections, and hiring practices. Students will examine what today’s workforce expects, how to efficiently use the recruitment budget, and all steps within the hiring process. The course also provides an overview of the ways in which teams are formed and how they can contribute to an organization’s effectiveness. It takes a close look at the way groups become coherent teams, why groups sometimes fail to perform, and how to build an effective team. 

Managing Cultural Diversity
This course focuses on the management of persons from diverse countries and cultures. Culture-specific issues and issues of diversity in the workplace are introduced. Problems, cases, and research assignments associated with managing in a multicultural and international work environment are focal points of this course.  

Student Success Strategies 
This course explores the basic principles to achieve success in various settings including time and stress management strategies, study skills, professionalism, policies and procedures. Learning and communication methods will be explored in order to promote student success in school and in the workplace. Additionally, the student will learn basic word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software skills. 

Professional Success Strategies 
This course is designed to prepare students for career success through a focus on professionalism. The course will emphasize the development of work and human resource skills and professional ethics. Students will learn how to portray professionalism in behavior, presentation, dress, and work ethic, and will also study the professional standards of their chosen industry. 

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Grow Your Skills In:

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Operate point-of-sale systems and managing sales processes.

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Learn how to plan for, purchase and manage inventories and identify its impact on organizations.

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Understand the medical use of marijuana on people and animals.

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Understand the cannabis laws in your state.

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Dispensary & Retail

Your diploma allows you to work in either a retail store or a dispensary.

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Consumer Behavior

Identify patient and customer concerns to connect consumers with best products for their need.

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Featured Graduate

I chose the cannabis program to help further my education within my job and to get further ahead in my career. The learning experience was great! The program helped me learn knowledgeable information and how to help customers better. I feel amazing about my new career.

Megan Howard
Cannabis Dispensary Administration Diploma

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