Certification Details

Training Time: 6:00 Hours (Required)

Enrollment Duration: 90-Day Access

Credential Issued: Badge & Certificate

Authorized: Illionois IDFPR-Approved

Team Enrollment: 20 – 40% Discount

$87.00

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Advanced Responsible Vendor Certification

Accredited: Green CulturED has been authorized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as a Responsible Vendor Training Organization to deliver our compliance certification to cannabis industry workers.

This certification is delivered in a “Choose Your Adventure” format (so you’ll get access to over 40+ training) to meet IDFPR’s mandated RVT requirements of eight (8) total hours annually. Our Advanced Responsible Vendor Certification provides all learners the ability to choose a variety of “RVT adventures” (ex. dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, etc.) that will train them on what actually matters to do their job. In addition, these “adventures” will meet all employee, manager, supervisor, and principal officer training required by Illinois state laws.

We’ve created an “adventure” to address these state requirements and simply put, the “personalized adventures” are 100% based upon job roles to make your six (6) hours of RVT requirements impactful. Our Advanced Responsible Vendor Certification delivered via “Choose Your Adventure” provides the huge advantage of personalized training based on the interests or responsibilities of entire teams (ex. Dispensary Technicians, etc.) to focus on their job in the cannabis industry.

Agents must receive a minimum of eight (8) hours of RVT instruction annually. Additional training is required for dispensing organization agents to effectively operate the Point-of-Sale (POS) system, state “Seed-to-Sale” verification system, proper inventory handling and tracking, different specific-use cannabis products, instruction for regulatory inspection preparation and any type of law enforcement interaction, awareness of the IDFPR legal requirements to keep an agent’s license.

Every dispensing organization must maintain evidence of all the training records for each agent in its files. Dispensary agents must complete eight (8) total hours of Responsible Vendor training offered by an IDFPR-approved organization. Anyone who fails to complete their eight (8) hours of annual training may be suspended, revoked, or have other disciplinary action. Upon certification completion, this will meet all IDFPR’s annual compliance requirements for an organization to maintain its “Responsible Vendor” designation for any organization’s cannabis workforce.

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Micro-Learning Format

  • Time: 6:00 Hours (Required)
  • Video: 5+ Training (Minimum)
  • Resources: 5+ eBooks (PDF)
  • Glossary: State Legal Terms
  • Assessment: 5+ Quizzes
  • Grade: 70%+ Required
  • Display: Badge & Certificate
  • Validity: 1-Year Renewal
  • Language: English (CC)
  • Enrollment: 90-Day Access
  • Format: Choose Adventure
  • Pre-Req: RVT 2-Hour (View)
  • Authorized: Illinois IDFPR

Choose Your "5 Adventures"

Your Five (5) "Adventures" Are Five (5) Different Paths Where You Complete One (1) Training in Each Category That'll Make it 100% Personalized & Meet All "UN-FUN" Compliance Requirements.

1. "Retail Adventure" (Complete 1 Training)

Dispensary Technician Role

You're the "face" of any cannabis business & you need to KNOW what it'll take on the "frontlines" to go from zero (0) to up & running right away...


Video: 59 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 20 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Delivery User Experience

Delivery is a new option that doesn't require the consumers to physically GO to a dispensary & this is a "new standard" ordering method now...


Time: 56 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 18 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

HIPAA & Medical Cannabis Patients

When a medical doctor recommends cannabis, this classifies a patient as a HIPAA-covered entity & puts you right under its compliance...


Time: 1:35 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 42 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Hospitality & Social Consumption

Hospitality operations are now running, you'll need to learn HOW it'll work whenever there's consumption onsite (ex. hotels, dining, etc.)...


Time: 1:52 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 34 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Product Delivery Methods

Discover all four (4) of the delivery systems (ex. inhalation, digestion, orally & topicals) for ALL consumers who'll want a wide variety of options...


Time: 53 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 15 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Abuse Signs & Strategies

Learning the SIGNS of abuse is the 1st step to telling when anyone is under the influence it's illegal to sell so learn all about signs, symptoms...


Time: 46 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 14 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Retail Dispensary Technician Skills

Find cannabis industry skills that 100% adhere to strict safety protocols that cover a big range of daily DUTIES, etc. & to be in legal compliance...


Time: 56 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 20 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

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2. "Cultivation Adventure" (Complete 1 Training)

Cannabis Worker Pesticide Use

This Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training is very cannabis-specific guidance to meet ALL of the gov't Environmental Protection Agency law...


Time: 55 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 20 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Breeding Cannabis Plants Program

Selective breeding can enhance physical traits, LIKE root ball, branching structure, leaf size, leaf volume & structure of this very amazing plant...


Time: 57 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 16 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

GACP Cultivation & Best Practices

Study the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the Good Agriculture & Collection Practices (GACP) when growing medical plants...


Time: 1:47 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 32 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Marijuana Air Circulation

Indoor Air & Grow Environments

Know exact indoor air & grow conditions to avoid all the FATAL errors that can easily happen within cultivation facilities (you must recognize a risk)...


Time: 1:10 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 28 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Plant Fertilizers & Medium Additives

Learn to 100% properly fertilize & use mediums that will grow cannabis plants FASTER so you'll have much larger yields every time you harvest...


Time: 1:04 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 22 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Nutrients & Plant Deficiencies

Identify deficiency signs to learn HOW cannabis will require the three (3) primary ones (or macro-nutrients) & micro-ones too for optimal health...


Time: 1:16 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 30 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Plant Genetics Program

Every "Cannabis Cup" winner who's breeding, it is NO small feat, so learn to do it right & ensure a great Return on Investment (ROI)...


Time: 56 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 17 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

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3. "Manufacturer Adventure" (Complete 1 Training)

Cannabis Food Safety Handler

This is an "equivalency" to the ServSafe® Food Safety Certification that's widely recognized safety training & IDEAL for every edible maker...


Time: 1:47 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 35 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Good Manufacturer Practices (GMP)

Learn the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) extremely vital for products & ensures they're produced by all high-quality standards...


Time: 1:21 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 26 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Bakery Equipment & Worker Safety

The bakery business can be enjoyable & edible consumption is growing to apply all of the OSHA standards when using hazardous equipment...


Time: 57 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 21 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Product Packaging & Labeling

Instructions on how to use products properly & consume them safely, their THC/CBD content, serving amount, health risks & disclaimers, etc...


Time: 52 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 12 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis-Infused Edible Products

Homogenization of all concentrates within an edible batch is critical & every serving must contain exactly the same CBD/THC dose levels...


Time: 50 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 14 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Making Ancient Cannabis Hash

Find how making hash from cannabis is a very ancient art form (aka "Charas") & how resin was made VIA rubbing plants is an early form...


Time: 1:01 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 23 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Machine Guarding (OSHA Standards)

This OSHA standards-based training is a must for machinery that may commonly cause injury during ANY cannabis product manufacturing...


Time: 50 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 18 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

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4. "Laboratory Adventure" (Complete 1 Training)

Gov't Cannabis Testing Programs

Learn Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) for any analysis programs & this will HELP laboratorians who are being asked to do testing programs...


Time: 1:30 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 25 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Different Types of Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis Extracts & Concentrates

Most concentrates use extracted cannabis oils that are rich in terpenes & cannabinoids (giving each its UNIQUE set of aroma, taste & effect)...


Time: 36 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 16 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 10 Question (70%)

Certificate of Analysis (COA)

You'll read COAs that are verified documents that detail the testing LAB results of products to provide answers & those product qualities...


Time: 34 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 12 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 10 Question (70%)

What To Look For When Shopping For CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabinoid

Here's a step-by-step training on the factors to consider when shopping for a CBD product & to help any beginner learn the variety of forms...


Time: 1:27 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 35 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Introduction to Plant Chemistry

It is a complex plant that has opposing effects, a very scientific look of the plant structure, its genetic makeup & all of the "active" chemicals...


Time: 31 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 13 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 10 Question (70%+)

Chemical Cannabis Industry Hazards

Hazardous Material (Hazmat)

Our OSHA standards-based Hazmat training provides information regarding chemicals, safety operations, any emergency responses...


Time: 45 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 8 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Analysis & Testing Facilities

All cannabis products are 100% required to be tested by conducting an analysis that's always needed for its quality, various cannabinoids, etc...


Time: 27 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 12 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 10 Question (70%)

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5. "Safety Adventure" (Complete 1 Training)

Cannabis Robbery Awareness Safety

Keep your assets, staff, cash & product safe by having the prevention procedures, robberies preparation & KNOW what to do during/after...


Time: 54 Minutes (Avg)

eBook: 14 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Safety & Health Concerns

Help promote public safety to REDUCE any public harm through consumer education & learn many different "canna tips" to teach...


Time: 1:12 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 25 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Law Enforcement Interaction Safety

Interactions can be very devastating since ANY interaction with any law enforcement can result in fines ($$$) & penalties (potentially arrested)...


Time: 1:07 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 23 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Worker Safety Compliance

When you’re working (ex. those who cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, test, etc.), you must PROTECT yourself from health & safety issues...


Time: 1:02 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 21 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Active Shooter Safety Strategies

This is a widely adopted, very effective method of active shooter response training called A.L.I.C.E. Training® as part of any work safety training....


Time: 1:10 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 22 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Industry Workplace Safety

When you're working in cannabis, there's always the general DUTY to be in a workplace that's free from any hazards while working everday...


Time: 1:23 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 34 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

Cannabis Safety & Health Programs

Every employer in the cannabis industry MUST use occupational safety & health programs that address work dangers that will exist onsite...


Time: 1:16 Hours (Avg)

eBook: 28 Pages (PDF)

Quiz: 20 Question (70%)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find Questions Frequently Asked & Answers Provided for Informational Purposes ONLY By the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Application process... applicants MUST complete attestation, submit a photo, residence proof, government identification, and disposition forms for all previous criminal offenses.

Locate a job first... you must first be hired BEFORE you'll be able to apply for an IDFPR agent Identification (ID) card to work at any adult-use or medical cannabis dispensing organization.

It's a process... according to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, applicants for an Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensing Agent Identification Card MUST have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. The IDFPR complies with regulations concerning any criminal background check and requires fingerprint vendors to confirm the identity of the individual.

This identity background verification form MUST be completed for any individuals applying for consideration for licensure in Illinois. The out-of-state fingerprint vendor or Illinois live scan vendor chosen to take the out-of-state resident’s fingerprints must be completed as written confirmation that a valid government-issued driver’s license or state Identification (ID) was presented and that the ID provided belongs to the individual being fingerprinted.

All owners, managers, employees, and agents... involved in the handling or sale of cannabis or ANY cannabis-infused products employed by all adult-use dispensing organizations or medical dispensing organizations as required by the state's Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Within ninety (90) days... the training must be completed before or after the FIRST day of employment at a dispensary, whichever is later. Training received outside of the ninety (90) day window will not meet the training required by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Annually. The two (2) hour Responsible Vendor training MUST be completed annually as part of the eight (8) annual training hours mandated by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

A wide variety of topics... Responsible Vendor training MUST include the following topics:

  • Driving Under the Influence Laws
  • Minor Cannabis Sales Prohibitions
  • Worker Health & Safety Concerns
  • Cannabis Dispensary Worker Health & Safety Standards
  • Facility Security & Video Camera Surveillance Requirements
  • Organization Recordkeeping & Consumer Records Maintenance
  • Inventory Tracking Compliance & "Seed-to-Sale" Regulations
  • Customer & Patient Privacy Issues
  • Safe Cannabis Storage Practices
  • Acceptable Identification Forms
  • All Relevant Illinois Laws & Rules
  • Permitting Inspections by Licensing & Enforcement Authorities
  • Cannabis Waste Handling & All Disposal Procedures Required
  • Cannabis Packaging & All Product Labeling Requirements Required

Yes. It must meet what's mandated in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, Responsible Vendor Training of dispensing organization agents MUST complete the requirements:

  • How to Operate the Point-of-Sale (POS) System & State’s Verification System
  • Proper Inventory Handling & Product Tracking
  • Specific Uses of Cannabis or Cannabis-Infused Products
  • Regulatory Inspection Preparedness Instruction & Law Enforcement Interaction
  • Legal Requirements Awareness for Maintaining Agent Status

The dispensing organization will maintain evidence of all training provided to each agent in its files that is subject to inspection and audit by the IDFPR. The dispensing organization will ensure agents receive a minimum of eight (8) hours of training that is required every year.

Yes. For example, our Responsible Vendor Certification is two (2) hours of training time, so the IDFPR would REQUIRE to provide six (6) hours of additional training per year. In any case, a dispensary agent, agent-in-charge, and principal officer must receive more training:

  • How to Operate the Point-of-Sale (POS) System & State’s Verification System
  • Proper Inventory Handling & Product Tracking
  • Specific Uses of Cannabis or Cannabis-Infused Products
  • Regulatory Inspection Preparedness Instruction & Law Enforcement Interaction
  • Legal Requirements Awareness for Maintaining Agent Status

Yes. All Principal Officers must meet all the eight (8) hour training requirements found in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. However, ONLY the agents are required to receive the Responsible Vendor compliance training for everyone that is involved in handling cannabis.

Yes, but... only if the secondary site is owned 100% by the exact SAME entity as the medical cannabis dispensing organization where the agent currently works. The IDFPR requires that a dispensing organization agent will only be required to hold one card for the same employer regardless of dispensing organization - adult-use or medical - license their employer holds.

No. An agent-in-charge must be a full-time employee of the retail dispensary, but an agent-in-charge can NOT be the agent-in-charge of more than one dispensary. However, the agent-in-charge of a Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organization may serve as the agent-in-charge for an Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensing Organization operating at the exact same dispensary.

Yes. Agents with Medical Cannabis Dispensary Agent Identification Cards can ALWAYS serve purchasers at an Adult Use Dispensing Organization License located at the same site as the medical cannabis dispensary that's allowed by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

No. The definition of "dispensing organization" in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act only includes dispensing organizations with the SAME site or adult-use dispensing organization licenses. The definition does not include medical cannabis dispensing organizations that have not obtained the same site license from the IDFPR. Because a medical cannabis dispensing organization without the same site license is not a "dispensing organization" and does not authorize the licensing of individuals to work at medical cannabis dispensing organization.

Micro-Learning Experience

Engaging & Interactive Training

  • Access to all micro-learning videos, each is filled with engaging videos & digital materials created by leading EXPERTS who do this every day in the cannabis industry.

Supplemental Learning Activities

  • Downloadable resources & access activities anytime from any device or via our Mobile App to complete your training anywhere & even 100% offline (NO Internet is required).

Knowledge Assessment Quiz

  • Assessments are at the very end of every micro-learning module so you'll need to ACHIEVE a grade of at least 70% to assess & validate your cannabis industry knowledge.

Digital Certificates & Badges

  • Upon passing, instantly receive your digital certificate(s) and/or badge(s) that acknowledges your accomplishment & DISPLAY your knowledge on LinkedIn to build credibility.

Responsive Support Team

  • You’ll see we’re quite different by how our team provides a thoughtful, HUMAN response to all your inquiries in two (2) hours or less (during Monday – Friday business hours).

Members-Only Community

  • You'll join our EXCLUSIVE member community, where we'll help you build a network with professionals in the cannabis industry & alert you to opportunities that fit your skillset.

Accreditation & Authorization

Our "Claim-to-Fame" is Being The "Most Accredited (or Authorized)" Training Provider in The Industry to ENSURE What We Do Actually Meets All Those Cannabis Regulator Requirements.

Colorado MED

We're authorized by Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) to deliver our entire Responsible Vendor, Cannabis Delivery, Hospitality & Social Consumption required training.

MED Authorized

Massachusetts CCC

We've been authorized by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) in Massachusetts state to provide the Basic & Advanced Responsible Vendor Training Curriculum that is required.

CCC Authorized

Illinois IDFPR

We're authorized by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide their state-required Responsible Vendor compliance training for handling cannabis.

IDFPR Authorized

West Virginia OMC

Authorized by West Virginia's Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) where the Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) has authorized our state-required industry education certification.

OMC Authorized

Alaska AMCO

Authorized by Alaska's Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) to deliver our entire Marijuana Handler Permit training that is required for all of the state's licensed establishment agents.

AMCO Authorized
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Federal OSHA

Authorized Outreach Trainers for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to provide Department of Labor (DOL) 10/30-Hour Card via our recognized Authorized OSHA Trainer team.

OSHA Authorized

Utah UDAF

Authorized by Utah Department of Agricultural & Food (UDAF) has authorized as a 3rd-party training program provider to certify all of the medical cannabis agents that are required to be compliant.

Utah Authorized

Washington DOH

Authorized by Washington's Department of Health (DOH) to provide their medical cannabis consultant training program that is required in all licensed retail stores with a medical endorsement.

Washington Authorized

Washington DC DOH

We're authorized by Washington D.C.'s Department of Health (DOH) to deliver their medical cannabis industry certification that will be required for every manager of licensed facilities in the district.

District Authorized

Ohio BOP

Authorized by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy (BOP) as a foundational dispensary & continuing education to certify all employees that are required to be compliant in the state's medical cannabis industry.

Ohio Authorized

Vermont CCB

Authorized by the Vermont Cannabis Control Board (CCB) as an authorized trainer of customer-facing employees of retail cannabis establishments in the state to legally sell products to consumers.

Vermont Authorized

Maryland

We're authorized by Maryland's Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) to deliver their Cannabis Dispensary Agent Training (CDAT) as a responsible training provider that's required to be compliant.

Maryland Authorized

Federal EPA

Authorized Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Trainers for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide their compliance training to "Agricultural Workers" & "Pesticide Handlers" employees.

EPA Authorized

NCIA Association

We're a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) who's a top-notch non-profit that's always advancing the interests of our cannabis & how they're supporting our economy.

NCIA Member

SHRM Membership

As a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) which is a professional membership association that promotes the role of Human Resources (HR) via education.

SHRM Member