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In 2019, the state of Illinois legalized the sale and use of recreational cannabis by passing the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The law requires cannabis industry employees to complete Illinois Responsible Vendor Training annually.

Seller Server Online is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide Responsible Vendor Training. Our Illinois Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training course provides a 100% online instructional experience for individuals seeking to complete state-required training to work in the cannabis industry.

The 3.5-hour course is designed to train cannabis employees to complete safe and legal cannabis sales within the tightly regulated cannabis industry in Illinois. The state requires dispensary employees to complete this training within 90 days of starting employment.

About Illinois Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training

Our 100% online Illinois budtender certification program takes about three hours to complete. You can train at your own pace and take breaks anytime. The course is ideal for those seeking to earn an Illinois budtender license or work in dispensary jobs such as a vendor, agent, manager, owner or cannabusiness operator.

This seed-to-sale training program prepares you to:

  • Recall laws and regulations related to the sale and use of cannabis products
  • Explain the health effects of cannabis use on the body
  • Identify signs of impairment and appropriate intervention techniques
  • List methods for assisting customers and checking identification to prevent illegal sales
  • State health, safety, security and packaging standards for cannabis sales
  • Outline the seed-to-sale distribution of cannabis and recordkeeping process
  • Describe best practices related to cannabis product delivery

Each learning module ends with a five-question quiz. To continue to the next section, you need to score 80% or higher. Once you reach the end of the course, you must pass a 40-question final exam. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn your responsible vendor certificate.

You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each quiz and the final exam, so you're guaranteed to pass the course. Upon successful course completion, you can instantly download your certificate.

Illinois Budtender Training Course Outline

The Illinois Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training course includes eight modules on cannabis laws, regulations and safety. You can find a full overview of each module below.

Module 1: Illinois Cannabis Laws

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Dispensary Licensing
  • Local Ordinances
  • Personal Use
  • Medical and Retail Sales

Learning objectives include:

  • Summarize Illinois state cannabis laws that regulate the sale, possession and use of cannabis
  • Understand state regulations and taxation information for medical and retail cannabis dispensaries

Module 2: Effects of Cannabis on the Human Body

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Physical Effects of Cannabis Use
  • Mental Effects of Cannabis Use
  • Short- and Long-Term Effects
  • 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 in Module 3 include:

  • Signs of Impairment
  • Unintentional Consumption and Overconsumption
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • DUI Penalties and Impaired Driving Prevention

Learning objectives include:

  • Recognize signs of impairment caused by cannabis use
  • Recall appropriate intervention techniques for handling unintentional consumption or overconsumption of cannabis
  • Summarize Illinois laws related to driving under the influence

Module 4: Responsible Retail Sales

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Medical Cannabis Sales
  • Lower-Dose Cannabis products
  • Prohibited Sales
  • Business Advertising
  • Checking ID
  • Preventing Illegal and Underage Sales

Learning objectives include:

  • Determine methods for assisting and advising customers purchasing cannabis
  • Identify types of valid ID for age verification
  • Describe how to check identification to prevent underage sales

Module 5: Health and Safety Standards in the Cannabis Industry

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • State Health and Safety Standards
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Safe Storage of Cannabis
  • Cannabis Establishment Security
  • Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures
  • Waste Handling and Disposal

Learning objectives include:

  • List health and safety standards concerning the personal hygiene of staff and protective clothing provided by employers
  • State Illinois health and safety standards related to the security of the establishment, as well as sanitation and waste management

Module 6: Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirement

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • Cannabis Packaging Requirements
  • Cannabis Labeling Protocol
  • 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 in Module 7 include:

  • Cannabis Retail Distribution
  • Supply Chain
  • Inventory Tracking Regulations
  • 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 Transport

Topics covered in Module 8 include:

  • Cannabis Transport Personnel
  • Transporter Organizations and Agents
  • Cannabis Transport Best Practices

Learning objectives include:

  • List the eligibility requirements and responsibilities for transport organizations and agents
  • Discuss security measures for transporting cannabis between facilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs Illinois Responsible Vendor Training?

This course is designed for cannabis industry employees in Illinois who handle, sell or transport cannabis. This includes budtenders and a variety of other employees who work for the dispensary and support its operations.

Workers who need to complete cannabis Responsible Vendor Training include:

  • Budtenders
  • Dispensary agents
  • Transporters
  • Managers
  • Owners
  • Cannabusiness operators

Illinois law requires cannabis employees to complete this training within 90 days of hire, and they must retake the course annually to refresh their knowledge.

What are the licensing requirements for Illinois budtenders?

To work as a budtender or dispensary employee, you must meet the following Illinois budtender license requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Pass a federal and state criminal background check
  • Complete Responsible Vendor Training within 90 days of employment

In addition, Illinois cannabis employees must retake the Responsible Vendor Training course annually. It is also important to stay up to date on all Illinois cannabis laws and regulations.

How do I become a budtender in Illinois?

To become a budtender, you will first need to ensure you satisfy all Illinois budtender license requirements. You need to be at least 21 years old and you must complete a Responsible Vendor Training course within 90 days of starting work.

Once you have completed your training, you should take time to learn more about the cannabis industry and the various types of cannabis products offered at the dispensary. A good budtender is up to date on cannabis industry news and Illinois laws and regulations.

» Learn more about how to become a budtender

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

This online course includes eight quizzes and a final exam. Each of the eight learning modules ends with a five-question quiz. You will have an unlimited number of attempts to pass with a score of 80% or higher.

The final exam contains 40 questions. You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam and earn a passing score of 70% or higher. Like the quizzes, you can retake the exam until you pass.

When will I receive my Illinois Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training certificate?

Your course certificate will be available to download and print immediately after you complete the course. A copy will also be emailed to your employer to confirm you successfully finished training.

Your certification will expire one year from the issue date. Illinois requires dispensary employees to retake the course annually.

Can I purchase Responsible Vendor Training for my entire team?

Yes, you can buy multiple courses at once to ensure your dispensary employees and new hires complete their state-required training. Fill out the form below to get started.

Additional Links and Resources

Find more information about Illinois cannabis regulations and general safety information.

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