Industry Training

    As state medical cannabis laws and regulations continue to evolve, medical cannabis-specific trainings have become increasingly mandated. States such as Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have mandated comprehensive training for all staff working or volunteering in state-licensed medical cannabis facilities. PFC’s required staff training program is online and onsite to meet the requirements of state mandated training programs.

    PFC currently holds the first government-issued educational permit from the District of Columbia to provide the required staff trainings for the District’s legal medical cannabis providers.  Additionally, PFC has been awarded a contract with the State of Maryland to train all compliance inspectors for the State’s medical cannabis program.

    As a leader in medical cannabis education since 2002, ASA has distributed millions of copies of educational literature to patients, healthcare professionals, researchers, industry labor, regulators, and concerned community members and has conducted thousands of legal and advocacy trainings nationwide.

    Online training is now available!

    Required Trainings

    The PFC companies are required to train staff.  Trainings include the online and live Core Cannabis Training, the National Cannabis Standards training(s) and a State Specific Legal and Compliance training. New course material is designed to fulfill the requirements of state mandated trainings and enrich your company’s staff.  PFC trainings are available online or are offered in-person by a PFC Certified Instructor.

    PFC Training is open to health providers, industry employees, auditors, and advocates. Click on our online offerings.  These courses are offered online, onsite, and in webinar format. Register for more information.

    Core Cannabis Training

    Find out what research is revealing about the therapeutic potential of cannabis, and learn what types of pain, disorders and diseases this plant potentially relieves. Clinical trials and their importance are also covered. Finally, see what groundwork has been laid for future cannabis research.

    This module gives a brief history of opioids and cannabinoids, and explains how the endocannabinoid system was discovered. The workings of the endocannabinoid system. This module will also explore the physiological role of endocannabinoids.

    Gain a fundamental understanding of the cannabis plant by learning the varieties of cannabis and their uses, the most common cannabinoids, the effects of cannabis, and the difference between psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

    Cannabis-Based Medicines covers the cannabis pharmaceuticals that are currently available. It also takes a look at cannabis extracts and concentrates and how they might be used. The module concludes with a section on cannabis edibles including a brief discussion about how cannabis might be incorporated into topicals, food and drink.

    Targeted at dispensary workers, this module covers customer service, how to identify and handle medical emergencies, and patient education. A discussion of the Patient’s Bill of Rights finishes the module.

    This module prepares you for interactions with federal law enforcement (FLE). Know what to do in event of detainment or arrest as well as how to answer questions from FLE. Finally, understand when Miranda warnings apply.

    Cannabis businesses, like other businesses, are at risk for being robbed . Know what to do should this happen. In this module, learn what operations should be followed during a robbery to keep employees safe . Discover what logistical and security preparations should be taken in advance to decrease the chances of a robbery and what protocols should be in place for staff and customers should they bep resent during a robbery.

    Dispensaries, cultivators, and processing centers alike need to take precautions to ensure the safety of their product. Learn how to spot contaminants and maintain safe and sanitary conditions. Security considerations will also be discussed. The module concludes with tips on neighborhood and community relations.

    National Standards Courses

    Based on the AHPA Recommendations to Regulators for Cultivation and Processing operations, this online and onsite training applies to all types of cultivation operations including outdoor, greenhouse, and indoor cultivation facilities. This online and live training provides learners with skills to implement Good Cultivation Practices including pesticide guidance, facility requirements, water resource management, recordkeeping, product safety recall systems, adverse event reporting, and information disclosure. This course also explores best practices and safe handling procedures for operations that provide post-harvest processing of cannabis.

    Designed for individuals engaged in the manufacturing of hemp and cannabis-derived products, this training is designed to provide learners with the tools necessary to comply with General Manufacturing Practices including general personnel responsibility and safety, physical condition of the plant and surrounding grounds, manufacturing controls including packaging, holding and labeling controls, cannabis material acquisition, inventory and recordkeeping, fielding and documenting complaint,product returns, product safety recalls, and adverse event reporting.

    This online and live training provides participants with the skills to implement Best Management Practices relating to the distribution of cannabis, cannabis-derived products, and hemp-derived products directly to compliant individuals through storefront operations, delivery services, direct-from-garden operations, and growing co-op operations. This training includes information regarding personnel policies, facility security, product acquisition, record keeping, customer policies, implementable product safety recall systems, and adverse event reporting.

    Designed for individuals performing laboratory analysis of cannabis, cannabis-derived products, and hemp products, this online and onsite course has been developed to educate learners on good laboratory practices and focuses on facility security, sample handling and disposal, data management, personnel safety and hygiene, and reporting activities that may be unique to laboratories analyzing cannabis, cannabis- derived products, and hemp product samples.

    State Specific Compliance Training

    Medical cannabis facilities are often regulated by both State and local laws. During this training, participants will get to know their local and state medical cannabis laws and how those laws apply to them as medical cannabis facility staff, as well as to the patients they will be serving.

    This training provides a broad regulatory overview, necessary to maintain compliance, in all disciplines of the medical cannabis industry. Because compliance may be subject to both State and local oversight, this training discusses the specifics of both local and State regulatory provisions.

    Additional State Requirements

    This course is recommended for all staff who will be working in cultivation and processing facilities. During this course, students are familiarized with key definitions pertaining to pesticides and learn how to properly read a pesticide label. The course will also explore the importance and function of tolerance thresholds, major chemical families, Restricted Entry Intervals (REI’s), and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) as well as employee safety and employer responsibilities. The second portion of this course covers the key components to successful IPM.

    This course is recommended for all PFC company staff engaged in cultivation and processing operations . Designed to help cultivators reduce their impact on the environment, this course provides tools for reducing the carbon footprint of cultivation operations as well as the use, recycling and reuse of mediums. In addition, this course discusses appropriate nutrient use, the consequences of mined and imported materials, and the proper storage of chemicals. Water resource use, storage, and reduction techniques are also addressed in this course as well as the proper tracking of materials used during the cultivation process.

    This course is recommended for of all PFC staff regardless of their discipline(s). During this course, learners will be provided with an overview of paradigm shifts and global perspective relating to Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC). Details on developing and implementing QA/QC systems will be discussed including method validation and General Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) as they relate to QA/QC topics. (Offered online and onsite)

    Program Guide

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