Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASA) created the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) online training program to provide easy access to the training that our experienced staff have used to train thousands of patients, regulators and medical cannabis industry professionals over the last decade. Our training has been created by recognized world experts and includes tools that regulators, industry leaders, and their staff can use to prepares individuals to understand state and local regulations and to learn required safety and operational protocols. PFC on-demand training also offers classes focused on the basics of cannabis as medicine and common therapeutic uses of cannabis.
Since 2002, ASA has trained over 1,000,000 people in the country and has distributed even more education materials. ASA’s PFC on-demand courses are offered as live recordings of our training events. These online videos are updated regulatory as our training adapts to a changing regulatory landscape. We offer a range of certifications in different disciplines (cultivation, laboratory, distribution, manufacturing) intended for a variety of levels, such as entry level staff, management, and regulatory work.
This package contains enrollment in the Core Cannabis Training (CCT), plus the National Cannabis Standards Training (NCST) in the area of Distribution Operations.
CCT provides the foundation of all PFC educational programs and is the prerequisite for any additional trainings. The CCT program is taught in sections, providing a well-rounded understanding of the history of medical cannabis laws, cannabis as medicine, cannabis science and research, and running a safe cannabis business.
NCST is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHP Cannabis monograph and AHPA guidelines. The NCSTs are available in four (4) cannabis industry disciplines including cultivation and processing; manufacturing, packaging, labeling and holding; distribution; and laboratory analysis.
PFC Core Cannabis Training
Cannabis as Medicine (1 hour)
The course gives participants an overview of the most current cannabis research, how cannabis works in the body, different varieties of cannabis and cannabinoids, and the various cannabis-based pharmaceuticals currently available.
Business Operations (1 hour)
The course teaches how to deliver the best quality of care to customers, how to handle interactions with Federal Law Enforcement, what to do in an emergency situation, and how to ensure the safety of cannabis products.
Understanding the Law (1 hour)
The course is an overview of federal cannabis laws, the history of medical cannabis laws, which states have medical cannabis laws, and the conflict between state and federal laws.
State Specific Compliance Training (SSCT) (2 hour)
These courses are designed to give individuals a comprehensive foundation of knowledge of the laws pertaining to Cannabis businesses, as well as, the regulations that govern day to day operations. The SSCT course is broken into two components: state and local laws & state and local regulations.
National Cannabis Standards Training (one of the following)
Distribution Operations (2 hours)
This course is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHPA guidelines. In this guide you will learn the skills necessary to implement Best Management Practices relating to the distribution of cannabis and derived products directly to compliant individuals through storefront operations, delivery services, direct-from-garden operations, and growing co-op operations.
Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling and Holding Operations (2 hours)
This course is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHPA guidelines. The training is designed for individuals engaged in the manufacturing of cannabis and derived product and provides the tools necessary to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices.
Cultivation and Processing Operations (2 hours)
This course is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHPA Recommendations to Regulators. Learn the skills necessary to implement Good Agricultural Practices including pesticide guidance, facility requirements, water resource management, recordkeeping, product safety recall systems, adverse event recording, and information disclosure.
Laboratory Operations (2 hours)
This course is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHP Cannabis Monograph and AHPA guidelines. This guide is designed for individuals performing laboratory analysis of cannabis and cannabis-derived products. The guide will examine good laboratory practices and facility security, sample handling and disposal, data management, personnel safety and hygiene, and reporting activities that may be unique to laboratories analyzing cannabis, cannabis-derived products, and hemp samples.