About NJ Cannabis Certified







NJ Cannabis Certified provides training for all entry level plant-touching jobs in the cannabis industry, including entry level cultivation, manufacturing, testing lab technician, and dispensary attendant jobs. But you do not need to work in the industry to take this class – it is open to the public – anyone interested in learning more about cannabis and how it interacts with the human body can sign up.

  • 5 Modules over 5 nights
  • Taught live on Zoom from 6-9pm
  • Students are given access to materials via our website and password-protected access into the student portal
  • Each class is recorded and posted within the portal
  • Completion of the course requires attendance and completion of a short quiz associated with each module
  • Students who complete the requirements will receive a certificate from the corresponding College
  • The course fee is $500 and you can register by clicking the links below
  • Scholarships for financial need available at Mercer County College dates
  • Scholarships always available for Veterans

NJ Cannabis Certified is the best way to learn the skills and find the job you are looking for in the cannabis industry. Each Module concentrates on a fundamental topic related to working in the cannabis industry – cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing. And since no single person is an expert in each area, we brought together a group of top industry professionals to teach you what they know best. We provide resume and cover letter building support and our instructors will give you the confidence to get that job!

Learn about New Jersey specific rules and regulations, the history of cannabis, the human body’s enodcannabinoid system, the basics of cultivation, cannabis taxonomy and terminology including cultivars and chemotypes, an introduction to processing of manufactured cannabis products and what is available here in New Jersey and elsewhere, advertising, packaging, labeling, and testing requirements, and finally the ins and outs of working in a New Jersey dispensary and how to assist patients in the medical program that have qualifying conditions.

We cover all of the topics listed in the Personal Use Rules and Regulations Administrative Code 17: 30–8.1 and it is our hope that NJ Cannabis Certified will become an approved third-party vendor to provide State mandated training in the future.


Cost: $500 | Register: Through the College Website Links Below or Directly With Us | Requirements: Access to Zoom

  • All class materials will be accessed online via password protected access
  • Registered students will be provided login credentials one week prior to class start date
  • Most employment in the industry requires you to be 21, sometimes 18
  • Any employment in the industry will require you to pass a background check

Module One:

Cannabis Laws and Regulations

Overview of federal and state laws that relate to medical and legalized marijuana across the United States, and specifically in New Jersey, including relevant details of the NJ Medical Marijuana Program, Jake Honig’s Law, The CREAMM Act and the Personal Use Rules and Regulations. Includes a discussion of business licensing, past and present, and the regulations that apply to those businesses operations. Resume building and job search advice is provided during Module 1 to help give students immediate access to possible employment opportunities.

Additional industry speakers join us throughout the class to talk about getting jobs in New Jersey and what it is like to work in the industry once you have that job. What it is like to work in a dispensary, grow, or other cannabis related professions, including providing security related services and how the United Food and Commercial Workers Union is involved in cannabis within the State.


Sarah Trent, Esq

Seth Tipton, Esq

Module Two:

Plant Physiology and the Basics of Cannabis Cultivation

Learn the basics of plant physiology and how that relates to the cannabis plant, taxonomy and nomenclature, morphology, breeding and genetics, including a primer on working in a grow. This Module is geared towards individuals that want to work for a licensed cannabis cultivator, although the topics covered in Module 2 are also important basics if you want to work in a dispensary as a dispensary technician or patient care agent.


Tom Gianfagna, PhD

Ally Verello

Bianca Schnarr

Module Three:

Manufactured Products and Testing

What manufactured products are out there in New Jersey and across the United States, how they are made, and how they are tested, with an in-depth look at the Rutgers Hemp Extension testing lab.


Tim Weigand

Kristen Goedde

Module Four:

The Endocannabinoid System

A description of the human body’s endocannabinoid system and how cannabis and interacts with it, including the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, potential adverse effects, different forms of administration, including vaping, a discussion of whole plant medicine. The above topics are taught in a way to maximize students ability to work as a dispensary attendant or patient care agent, or working in an entry level position for a cannabis cultivator or lab.


Dr. Jahan Marcu

Module Five:

Dispensary Specific Training: Compliance, Dosing and Administration, & Patient Interaction

Learn the ins and outs of working in a dispensary, including how to assist patients in the MMP with dosing and administration, how to track allotments and purchases, and the importance of compliance. Class ends with instructors conducting role plays as an example of how to assist NJ MMP patients and, in the future, adult-use consumers.


Dr. Alan Ao

Caitlin Orantes


2024 Class Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 | July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5 | Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21 | Nov 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9

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