Medical Cannabis Consultant Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

CE Requirements

Certificate holders must complete a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education each year in order to renew their certificate. Continuing education hours may be earned through in-person or seminars, lectures, workshops and professional conferences or through distance learning webinars, audio/video broadcasting, teleconferencing, e-learning, or webcasts.

The following video and quiz are required and count as two of your 10 continuing education credits:

Acceptable topics:

  • Washington state laws and rules relating to cannabis
  • Science-based information about cannabis
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Communication skills
  • Professional ethics and values

Topics not acceptable:

  • Business and management courses
  • Healthcare training unrelated to cannabis
  • Any topic unrelated to the practice parameters of a medical cannabis consultant.

Documentation of completion:

A certificate holder must provide acceptable documentation of completion of continuing education hours upon request of the secretary or an audit. Acceptable forms of documentation are:

  • Transcripts
  • Certificate of completion, or
  • Other formal documentation, which includes:
    • Participant's name
    • Course title
    • Course content
    • Date(s) of course
    • Provider's name(s) and
    • Signature of the program sponsor or course instructor. Distance learning courses are exempt from the signature requirement.
  • A certificate holder must verify compliance by submitting a signed declaration of compliance.

Other important information:

  • Under WAC 246-72-100, continuing education is required every year around the time of renewal.
  • Continuing education hours will not be carried over from one reporting period to another.
  • Up to 25 percent of certificate holders are randomly audited for continuing education compliance after the credential is renewed. It's the certificate holder's responsibility to submit documentation of completed continuing education activities at the time of the audit. Failure to comply with the audit documentation request or failure to supply acceptable documentation within 60 days may result in suspension or revocation of the certificate.
  • A certificate holder must maintain records of continuing education completion for at least four years.