GF Institute Programs

To become a member of GF Institute, individuals must successfully complete a certificate program that has been approved by GF Institute and that has been issued with a corresponding GFI digital program badge.

Compliance & Competency Certificates

Programs for cannabis employees to satisfy compliance and minimum core competency requirements.

Dispensary Associate Certificate

Whether you work in an adult-use or medical dispensary (or even delivery), the Dispensary Associate Certificate prepares you to provide superior customer service and distinguishes you, and your team, as knowledgeable and credible cannabis professionals to your customers, patients, and regulators.

Cultivation Technician Certificate

Growing cannabis is the backbone of the entire industry, and there is so much information to learn on a diversity of subjects if you want a successful career in commercial cannabis cultivation. 

Learn every aspect of the pant development cycle, understand how to optimize quality and yield while maintaining compliance, and achieve a new level of credibility with a Cultivation Technician Certificate.

Manufacturing Agent Certificate

The variety of cannabis products available on the market has increased exponentially over the last 5 years to include concentrates, vapes, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more.

Learn about the different product manufacturing techniques and extraction methods required to create these new, innovative products. The Manufacturing Agent Certificate prepares you for a successful career in the ever-expanding world of manufacturing cannabis products.

Responsible Vendor Training

The Responsible Vendor Training provides the multi-state minimum regulatory compliance training solution designed & approved to satisfy state-established requirements for responsible vendor training program components.

Recommended and available nationwide.

Cannabis Handlers Certificate

The Cannabis Handlers Certificate provides required compliance training for proper cannabis handling as well as important health and safety considerations crucial to the cultivation and manufacturing of safe, high-quality cannabis and cannabis-infused products.

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Cannabis Specialist Certificates

Specialized certificates to gain cannabis skills and knowledge through our nationwide network of community colleges.

Cannabis Cultivation Specialist Certificate

Our 9-week online certificate program offers a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis industry and cultivation best practices. The program features a diverse range of learning resources, including engaging video lectures, informative readings, and interactive e-learning modules that equip you with the requisite skills and knowledge to excel in the thriving cannabis cultivation industry. Upon completion, you’ll have the credibility and knowledge necessary to establish a successful career in cannabis cultivation, work in indoor or outdoor grow operations, or even launch your own cultivation business.

Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate

Delivered through a blend of engaging video lectures, comprehensive readings, and interactive e-learning modules, our 9-week online certificate program is exclusively taught by distinguished industry experts and operators. This program is designed to equip you with the fundamental knowledge of the cannabis supply chain, as well as the essential skills to succeed in the dynamic cannabis retail environment. By completing this program, you’ll acquire the credibility and knowledge required to build a rewarding career in cannabis retail, work in a dispensary, or even start your own dispensary.

Cannabis Extraction & Product Development Specialist Certificate

Our 9-week online certificate program, taught exclusively by renowned industry experts and operators, aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a highly-regarded and sought-after cannabis professional. With a focus on developing and manufacturing various cannabis products, including edibles, tinctures, and topicals, this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the cannabis supply chain and the foundational skills required to excel in the industry.

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Master Classes

Prestigious credentials offered through university partners, in addition to a Ganjier Cannabis Sommelier Certification.

Cannabis Healthcare & Medicine

Cannabis medicine is a rapidly growing sector of the healthcare industry, yet trusted and credible information is hard to come by. For healthcare and retail professionals who want to provide accurate information and advice, this course offers expert, in-depth instruction on the medical properties of cannabis.

The Business of Cannabis

The Cannabis Handlers Certificate provides required compliance training for proper cannabis handling as well as important health and safety considerations crucial to the cultivation and manufacturing of safe, high-quality cannabis and cannabis-infused products.

Cannabis Horticulture & Agriculture

Cannabis agriculture is a complex but rewarding process. One that takes insightful understanding to achieve successful results. This program provides both novice and experienced growers with the accurate information needed to effectively engage in cannabis production, management, and cultivation.

Cannabis Compliance & Risk Management

With a cross-disciplinary approach to key industry sectors, this program will prepare you to become an in-demand compliance professional within this fast-evolving cannabis industry. You will gain an understanding of the risks related to operating a commercial cannabis business and learn how to mitigate them with a proven Cannabis Risk Management Framework.

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Available Ganjier Certificate

Certified Ganjier Training

The foundational level of Ganjier training focuses on the accurate assessment of cannabis quality, artfully executed service, and the business of successful cannabis sales.


  • The Ganjier Systematic Assessment Protocol™
  • The Ganjier Customer Interaction Protocol™
  • Expert-Led Hands-On Training in the Heart of the Emerald Triangle
  • Much more!

Ganjier Cannabis Sommelier Certification Program

If you are an individual that would like to bolster your knowledge, credibility, and opportunity in cannabis, please click here to find a GFI-approved program that works best for you.

If you are a licensed cannabis operator that would like to enhance the knowledge, credibility, and loyalty of your team, click here to speak with us about bringing GFI credentials into your organization.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you successfully complete a GFI Approved Certificate program, you will receive an email notification with the subject: “GF Institute issued you a new badge” This will be followed by several reminders if you have not yet accepted/claimed your badge.

GFI will issue the badge via email from which will look like this.

The digital badge is a web-enabled way for you to share your professional achievements, experience, and credentials to others. You can embed the badge on your email signatures, website and resumes and share in different social media platforms. GFI badges represent achievements valued by employers, students, your peers and prospective clients. Badges will help you tell your professional story in a way that is complete and validated. 

Badges are digital assets used to communicate a learning achievement or credential. GFI badges link to metadata that provides context and verification. They can be shared across the Internet for maximum visibility and recognition.  Badges are a standard to recognize and verify learning. A badge communicates three things without sacrificing verification or context. 

  • Who did something?
  • What did they do?
  • Who says they did it?

You can share your badges with anyone through digital platforms, including on social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and via email signature or embedded in a website. 

Here are helpful links to instructions on how to share, attach or embed your digital badge.  

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.

We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certification. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.