Moraine Valley's Cannabis Retail Certificate prepares you to mitigate risks for cannabis businesses and company employees by demonstrating how to safely and compliantly sell cannabis to patients and customers, as well as protocol for handling the complex situations that arise in a cannabis retail operation.  The legalization of marijuana is causing a large employment growth in the cannabis dispensary industry. This certificate will make you marketable with the skills required to seek entry-level employment in the licensed medical or adult-use cannabis industry.


This program is offered at the Palos Hills campus and the Southwest Education Center in Tinley Park.

A Cannabis Retail Certificate allows you to start a career in the new growing cannabis industry as a Retail Specialist, Budtender, Store Manager, Operations Associate, Operations Lead, Assistant Dispensary Manager - Dispensary Manager, or Retail Inventory Manager.

Illinois employment is expected to more than double over the next 2 years and reach 29,400 jobs by 2021.  Job growth is expected to continue to 63,000 cannabis related jobs by 2025. (Tom Schuba. “Number of pot jobs in Illinois to grow to 63,000 by 2025, report says” Chicago Sun Times, 7, October 2019).
Entry-level wages are typically $15-$17 per hour.  Some companies offer full benefits and stock options for full-time employees.  (Abdel Jimenez. “Companies are Recruiting Employees for the Start of Recreational Marijuana Sales in Illinois.” Chicago Tribune, 16 October 2019).
Students seeking employment in this industry must be 21 years or older, comply with Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) requirements for the Medical and/or Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensary Agent Identification Card(s), and consent to fingerprint-based criminal history record check as required by state law.
This course is not eligible for Title Iv funds.
Students can inquire about a private loan with a Financial Aid Counselor, explore scholarships, or make payment arrangements.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Cannabis Retail Specialist Certificate1503Business


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