State-Approved Training for Colorado Cannabis Vendors

The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) regulates the state's Medical and Retail Marijuana industries. According to Colorado Marijuana Rules, marijuana businesses designated as Responsible Vendors must ensure all employees complete Responsible Vendor Training within 90 days of hire and retake the course every two years.

Our online Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training course is MED-approved and teaches retail marijuana licensees how to complete safe and legal cannabis sales according to state regulations.

The course provides an MED-approved certificate and fulfills the two-hour training requirement that licensees must complete every two years. And since it's completely online, your employees can train on their own schedule and instantly download certificates after passing the final exam.

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About Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training


Our online Responsible Vendor Training course contains two hours of instruction and fulfills the MED's training requirements for cannabis vendors.

As of Dec. 1, 2022, all marijuana establishment employees must take Responsible Vendor Training within 90 days of hire for a business to maintain its Responsible Vendor status. This course allows your employees to train at their own pace and take breaks anytime.

The Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training course teaches:

  • Colorado cannabis laws and regulations
  • The health effects of cannabis use on the body
  • Signs of cannabis impairment and state laws related to operating under the influence
  • Methods for assisting customers and checking identification to prevent illegal sales
  • Health and safety standards for cannabis businesses
  • Sustainability, tracking and security requirements for cannabis packaging
  • Best practices related to cannabis product delivery and recordkeeping

All modules end with a five-question quiz to keep employees engaged and promote information retention. Students must score 80% or higher on each quiz to continue. At the end of the course, there is a 40-question final exam. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn the Responsible Vendor Training course certificate.

The quizzes and final exam include an unlimited number of attempts, so your employees are guaranteed to pass the course. Upon successful course completion, you can instantly access any employee's certificate.

Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training Outline

The Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training course includes eight modules that cover all topics required by the MED. Below is a full overview of each module.

Module 1: Colorado Cannabis Laws

Topics covered:

  • Types of State Business Licenses
  • Local Licenses
  • Requirements for Employees
  • Possession and Sale Limits
  • Hours of Sale
  • Liabilty
  • Home Growing
  • Personal Use of Cannabis
  • Voluntary Email List

Learning objectives include:

  • Summarize Colorado state cannabis laws that regulate establishment and individual agent licensing
  • Recite limits on cannabis possession, sales, home growing and personal use

Module 2: Effects of Cannabis on the Human Body

Topics covered:

  • Physical Effects of Cannabis Use
  • Mental Effects of Cannabis Use
  • Short- and Long-Term Effects
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Interactions with Other Substances

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the physical and mental effects of cannabis consumption on the human body
  • Explain the risks of mixing cannabis with other substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications or illegal drugs

Module 3: Safety Concerns Related to Cannabis Use

Topics covered:

  • Signs of Impairment
  • Using Cannabis Responsibly
  • Unintentional Consumption and Overconsumption
  • State Good Samaritan Law
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Learning objectives include:

  • Recognize signs of impairment caused by cannabis use
  • Describe how to use cannabis responsibly
  • Explain how to respond to unintentional consumption or overconsumption of cannabis
  • Summarize Colorado laws related to driving under the influence

Module 4: Responsible Retail Sales

Topics covered:

  • Responsible Selling
  • Medical Cannabis Sales
  • Lower-Dose Cannabis Products
  • Required Records
  • Prohibited Sales
  • Business Advertising
  • Checking ID
  • Refusing Illegal Sales
  • Enrolling in the Medical Cannabis Registry

Learning objectives include:

  • Determine methods for assisting and advising customers purchasing cannabis
  • Identify types of valid ID for purchasing retail and medical marijuana
  • Describe how to check identification in a manner that prevents underage sales
  • Explain how people can apply for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry

Module 5: Health and Safety Standards in the Cannabis Industry

Topics covered:

  • Health and Safety Standards
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Safe Storage of Cannabis
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Cannabis Establishment Security
  • Waste Handling and Disposal

Learning objectives include:

  • List health and safety standards for personal hygiene of staff members
  • Describe how to store cannabis safely
  • Explain how to use the METRC system to track your marijuana inventory
  • Discuss security and surveillance requirements for your establishment
  • Recite health and safety standards related to sanitation and waste management

Module 6: Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirements

Topics covered:

  • Colorado Requirements for Packaging and Labeling
  • Cannabis Labeling Protocol
  • Child-Resistant and Tamper-Evident Packaging
  • Prohibited Labeling
  • Warning Labels

Learning objectives include:

  • Explain sustainability, tracking and security requirements for cannabis packaging
  • List information, nutrition and warning labeling requirements for cannabis packaging

Module 7: Cannabis Supply Chain and Recordkeeping

Topics covered:

  • The Cannabis Supply Chain
  • Medical Marijuana Research and Development
  • Records Management

Learning objectives include:

  • Discuss the stages that comprise the cannabis seed-to-sale supply chain
  • Recall regulations related to inventory tracking and recordkeeping

Module 8: Cannabis Product Delivery

Topics covered:

  • Recordkeeping
  • Daily Limits
  • Preparing an Order
  • Verifying ID
  • Delivery Security
  • Transport Manifests
  • Vehicle Requirements

Learning objectives include:

  • List requirements for cannabis delivery orders
  • Discuss security measures for delivering cannabis

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase Responsible Vendor Training for my entire team?

Yes, you can buy multiple courses at once to ensure your current employees and new hires complete their state-required training. Explore our bulk pricing to get started.

Who needs Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training?

This course is designed for MED licensees involved in the handling and sale of cannabis at retail and medical establishments.

Workers who need to complete cannabis Responsible Vendor Training include:

As of Dec. 1, 2022, MED rules require licensees to complete this two-hour training course within 90 days of hire. Licensees must also retake the course every two years.

What are the job requirements for retail cannabis employees in Colorado?

Retail marijuana licensees in Colorado must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years old or older
  • Be a resident of Colorado
  • Pass a federal and state criminal background check
  • Complete Responsible Vendor Training within 90 days of employment and again every two years

What is the legality of cannabis in Colorado?

Colorado first legalized medical cannabis use over 20 years ago, when voters approved Amendment 20. Legal adult recreational use followed in 2012 after voters passed Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution.

Does the course expire?

Students must complete their training and pass the final exam within 90 days of registering for the course.

What are the testing requirements for Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training?

To earn a rResponsible Vendor Training certificate, employees must pass a 40-question final exam with a score of at least 70%. The exam has a 180-minute time limit, and students have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

To help prepare students for the exam, the course includes a quiz after each lesson module. Students also have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz with a score of 80% or higher.

When will my employees receive their Colorado Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training certificate?

Responsible Vendor Training certificates are available to download and print immediately after students complete the course. Business owners can easily verify training completion and access certificates as needed.

Responsible Vendor Training certificates expire one year from the issue date. Colorado requires dispensary employees to retake the course every two years.

Additional Links and Resources

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