Explore Budtending Cannabis Education Course

Professional Certificate in

Budtending 101

Course Goals

  • Understand setting, duties, and responsibilities of dispensary jobs
  • Demonstrate best practices for customer interaction
  • Ability to identify a patient’s medical cannabis needs
  • Obtain pre-emptive problem-solving skills to utilize within a dispensary
  • Use oral and written medical cannabis terminology. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common state-approved diseases and conditions
  • Perform basic dosage recommendations
  • Exhibit knowledge of dispensary standards, ethics, laws and regulations

Earn your Herbal Risings Budtender Certification online with the Cannabis Training Budtending Course designed for those who want to apply the best knowledge to their patient care practices. If you want to become a budtender or need to improve your dispensary training experience, this course is the dispensary training course of all courses!

After the completion of Budtending 101, you should be able to: 1. Understand setting, duties, and responsibilities of budtending jobs. 2. Demonstrate best practices for customer interaction. 3. Ability to identify a patient’s medical cannabis needs. 4. Obtain pre-emptive problem-solving skills to utilize within a dispensary. 5. Use oral and written medical cannabis terminology. 6. Demonstrate knowledge of common state-approved diseases and conditions. 7. Perform basic dosage recommendations. 8. Exhibit knowledge of dispensary standards, ethics, laws and regulations.

This course is designed for professionals aspiring to become budtenders. Future dispensary agents, current budtenders, trimmers, and others who want to pursue medical marijuana jobs are the key beneficiaries of this course. Budtending 101 is an excellent introduction for anyone who wants to learn the synergestic effect between the human body and cannabis. Pre-requisites Budtending 101 students should have prior customer service or hospitality experience. Prior exposure or knowledge of medical marijuana is not required, but definitely beneficial. Learn the fundamentals of entry-level dispensary jobs including budtender expectations, concentrates, patient care, classifications, and more. Must pass course with an 80% to receive certificate. 6 unit text course (with photos). 24/7 access to potfessors for Q&A. Certificate of achievement. *Regularly peer-reviewed by industry professionals.

The Herbal Risings Cannabis Education Training Program was developed for dispensary bound goals. Herbal Risings Certificate ensures that associated dispensaries and other employers adhere to best practices by meeting Herbal Risings Principles & Standards. An Herbal Risings certificate gives students, learners, health care practitioners, dispensaries, employers, job seekers peace of mind. The Herbal Risings goals  are to instill industry standard of excellence in the areas of consistency, accountability, and quality care in the emerging market. Herbal Risings cultivators leaders in the medical cananbis industry. Visit the Herbal Risings Course Catalog to see our current offerings.

Units in this program

Herbal Risings' Budtending 101 Course

Before you can begin working in a dispensary, most states require dispensary agents to possess a valid agent card and pass an extensive background check which sometimes takes several days to acquire. During this time, you will be expected to familiarize yourself with dispensary practices, tasks, and phrases. This course acquints you with the most common dispensary words and phrases. You’ll also learn what it takes to be the become the best budtender you can be!

You will learn about the classification of 4 cannabis plant types. You will be quizzed at the completion of this unit. By the end of the unit, you will be able to compare and contrast flower types with a strong emphasis in daytime use versus nighttime use.

In this unit, you will learn about the different types of concentrates. By the end of the unit, you should be able to identify concentrates by type. For a more in-depth look at concentrates, we recommend following this course with the Concentrates Specialist course. 

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In this unit, you will learn about this highly misunderstood dispensary product. You will learn about the many types of edibles, and how dosing works. We’ll show you how a budtender should explain these characteristics to the patient.

This unit will cover common ailments and conditions treated with medical marijuana.

Customer service is an integral part of budtending and should not be seen as an extension of it. A dispensary’s most vital asset is its patients. Without them, your job would cease to exist. By the end of this course, you will have a new way of handling patient care within the dispensary and will be well on your way to becoming an outstanding budtender!

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Chad Olshavsky Herbal Risings
Chad Olshavsky is the creator of the Budtending 101 course. He applies his experiences of dispensary management, CBD wholesale and distribution, hospitality service, commercial grow and processing in this budtending cannabis education course. He is also the host of Toking Today Podcast

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