Professionalism. Credibility. Equity.

The mission of GF Institute is to build a truly skilled and talented workforce that promotes professionalism, credibility, and equity in cannabis. Now, you can gain the job skills you need to succeed in this fast-evolving industry!

With the creation and deployment of standardized credentials, the cannabis industry can build a truly skilled and talented workforce.

Guided by industry experts and cannabis operators in every sector of the supply chain from seed to sale, GF Institute (GFI) was formed to develop standardized, industry-backed certificate programs that bring a new level of professionalism, credibility, and equity into the cannabis industry.

By training cannabis professionals properly, we believe the cannabis industry will:

Professional Cannabis Credentials

Built By The Industry, For The Industry

GF Institute consists of three independent Steering Committees that incorporate many of the cannabis industry’s most-respected leaders and companies.

The Steering Committees support, guide, and validate the curriculum of the certificate programs designed to create an industry filled with educated and skilled cannabis talent.

GF Institute Approved 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.

Available Through Select Cannabis Employers:

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.

Attention Cannabis Operators!

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Available Through Community College Partners:

Advanced Dispensary Associate Certificate

Dispensary agents play a critical role in the cannabis industry, helping educate clients and patients about the effects of cannabis, while ensuring a good shopping experience and ultimately – a good experience with the products.

Now you can study what it takes to be a dispensary agent, so that you can launch your new cannabis career. This fully online course can be completed at your convenience, and includes 45 hours of instruction put together by the leading cannabis industry experts.

Advanced Cultivation Technician Certificate

One of the most in-demand job sectors in cannabis is cultivation. If you have an interest in working with plants, this is a great career for you. Get your foot in the door and get a leg up with a cannabis cultivation training course. 

This fully online program includes 45 hours of instruction that will help you understand cannabis cultivation best practices, with instruction developed by leading cannabis industry experts. 

Advanced Manufacturing Agent Certificate

The cannabis industry continues to evolve. As part of that evolution, the products that are available to consumers has expanded as well. Manufacturing these innovative products requires trained professionals.

This online cannabis course will prepare you to work in the exciting field of cannabis manufacturing. With 45 hours of instruction developed by industry leaders, you’ll gain an understanding of best practices for extraction, infusion, product development and more. 

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Available Through University Partners:

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 Law & Policy Certificate

Get the information and insights you need to participate in the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding the cannabis industry. This program is great for those interested in compliance.

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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

Proudly Display Your Commitment to Quality

GF Institute offers digital badges to signify your credentials online, enabling GFI members to publicly and verifiably demonstrate their commitment to adhering to the highest standards available in cannabis education and training.

GF Institute has partnered with Credly, a third party skill verification platform, to provide our members with these badges.

It’s not just about sharing your achievements, either. Credly badges link to powerful metadata that provides prospective employers with context and instant verification of your training status, from the moment your course is complete.

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.

For any other questions, please email us.

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.