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The Leading Credentials For Cannabis Professionals

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 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 plant 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.

Digital Badges

Once you successfully complete a GF Institute Certificate Program, you receive a third-party verifiable digital badge through the Credly platform that proves your achievement and demonstrates your knowledge. Every time a digital badge is shared and viewed, your personal brand increases its reach and recognition.

About GF Institute

GF Institute (GFI) was formed to develop standa rdized, industry-backed credentials that bring a new level of professionalism, credibility, and equity into the cannabis industry.

Guided by industry experts and cannabis operators in every sector from seed to sale, GFI credentials are proven to help you expand your knowledge, enhance your credibility, and advance your career in the burgeoning cannabis industry today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I earned a GFI badge?

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.

How do I claim my GFI badge?

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

Why should I claim my GFI badge?

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. 

What can I do with my GFI badge?

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?

How do I share my badge on my website or other digital platforms?

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.  


Are there other benefits of a GFI 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.

How does my certificate get displayed as a badge?

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.

What's to keep someone from copying my badge?

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.