Get Marijuana Trained: 5 Ways a Cannabis Certification Can Help You
Cannabis is over a $15 billion dollar industry in the United States alone. And no, that’s not a typo.
Marijuana brings in more money than wine (and we know Americans love their wine).
It’s legal in Washington D.C. and 11 other states. The cannabis revolution is well on its way to becoming a way of life.
With the explosion in the U.S. market comes hundreds of thousands of new jobs every year. And, they’re eagerly awaiting the perfect candidate.
Filling those jobs is like the California gold rush. Everyone wants a piece, but there isn’t enough for everyone. So, what can you do to stand out from the crowd?
Enrolling in a cannabis certification program is a step in the right direction.
Although no current standards of education exist for cannabis at the federal level, it can still be beneficial for you and your future. Keep reading to learn why a cannabis certification can help jump-start your career.
What Does a Cannabis Certification Cover?
Regardless of what you’re interested in, there’s a certification program for you. The cannabis education industry is exploding with a wealth of valuable information. It’s up to you to use it to your advantage.
Some of the most common cannabis specialties include:
- Growing: Learn about growing methods. This is just to get an understanding of a growing facility overall. Helpful to get “entry level” cultivation or site worker positions if you have absolutely no experience with plants. The more advanced positions ie: Director of Cultivation, often need degrees in horticulture.
- Dispensary ownership: Some training classes have been set up to help you understand how to apply and what you need to apply to start and maintain your own cannabis dispensary.
- Legal: Many training classes will give some overview of the regulations surrounding marijuana so you and your team are equipped with the legal knowledge you need for success in the industry. Be sure the person speaking has the background to address your state specific needs.
- Medical marijuana: Learn about using marijuana as a medical treatment for disease and illness. Every dispensary owner and agent should be mandated to attend and be certified in one of these classes to ensure accuracy of the information shared.
- Delivery services: Reviewing the laws and regulations as they apply to securing a delivery position.
5 Reasons Getting Certified Will Boost Your Budding Career
The cannabis industry created between 200,000 and 300,000 new cannabis jobs between 2017 and 2018. And, there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
Although the industry is booming, competition for those marijuana jobs is at an all-time high. Because of that, you need to do everything possible to market yourself as the dream candidate.
Taking a cannabis certification course is a good way to make that happen. Here’s why.
1. Prove Your Knowledge, Versatility, and Dedication to the Industry
The marijuana industry is as complex as it is intriguing. Plus, it changes frequently as new states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. Staying up to date with laws, regulations, cultivation, and medical benefits can be challenging.
Plus, there’s a lot of bad information out there.
But, joining a good cannabis certification program will teach you what you need to know. It’ll also prove to your future employer that you care about learning and are up-to-date with the industry.
2. Marijuana Certification is a Powerful Networking Opportunity
The foundation is built by people who are in love with what they do. Every person you meet is an opportunity to get your foot in the right door. You never know where that relationship might take you.
Attending an in-person cannabis certification program may not always be possible. But, it’s one of the best ways to meet face-to-face with others like you.
Every teacher, speaker, and classmate is full of future potential in the cannabis industry!
3. You’ll Stand Out Among Hundreds of Other Applicants
The marijuana industry is one of the fastest-growing markets in the United States. It’s an emerging business that everyone wants a piece of.
That means you’re competing with hundreds (if not thousands) of other applicants for the same job. So, standing out isn’t a maybe. It’s a must.
Right now, HempStaff averages between 100-200 resumes PER CANNABIS JOB OPENING!
Getting your cannabis certification will help you catch the eye of your future employer immediately. Many companies create 3 piles, the first is for those who have already worked in a dispensary, the 2nd are those who have taken cannabis training and the 3rd is the rest. The piles then are gone through in order, and the 3rd pile rarely gets called for cannabis interviews.
4. More and More Employers Require it for their Employees
Who would you rather hire to fix the leaky plumbing under your sink?
- A licensed plumber
- Or… someone who claims to be good at it but doesn’t have professional training, maybe they watched some You Tube videos…
Probably the former, right? You want your plumbing fixed the first time around. The cost of hiring someone without any training to back them up could mean a flooded basement, and a lot more money than if you would have hired the right person in the first place.
Employers are starting to see things the same way. Many are even requiring some form of certification to be considered for the job. They want to be able to rest easy and feel confident in their choice to hire you. Currently states like Illinois and Maryland REQUIRED annual training for all dispensary owners and employees – this is becoming a new trend!
Pro-tip: Not all information is created equal. So, be sure to choose a reliable certification program. Choosing a bad one could end up hurting your chances and wasting your time/money. Also find out who has written, approved and is teaching the course. If the course is not taught by someone with at least 5 years’ experience working in the cannabis industry, we suggest moving on.
5. Education Leads to a Trustworthy and Compliant Industry
It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is illegal at the federal level. Working within the marijuana space is risky. But, educating the people who run it will help turn it into a trustworthy and compliant industry moving forward.
Laws and regulations surrounding the cannabis industry are muddy at best. But, advancing the industry using knowledge, education, and the backing of science can help it move cannabis forward in a positive light.
Being compliant within the confines of cannabis state laws and regulations is difficult. Especially if you don’t know what you’re up against. Understanding the space that surrounds the cannabis industry will help keep workers and consumers safe. Plus, it could keep you and your coworkers out of prison!
8,000+ Certified Dispensary Agents – Will You Be Next?
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the marijuana revolution. Hundreds of thousands of cannabis jobs are added every year.
Finding a marijuana job is easy. Landing a marijuana job isn’t. So, what now?
Employers in the cannabis industry prefer to hire trained professionals who stand out above the rest. HempStaff’s cannabis certification program has helped over 9,000 professionals in 36 states do just that.
Are you going to join them? Learn more about HempStaff’s upcoming cannabis dispensary training courses, today!