Apply for a License
- Applications and forms
- Medical Cannabis Certification Application Packet (PDF)
- Medical Cannabis Consultant Expired Certificate Activation Application Packet (PDF)
- Social Security Number Notification (PDF)
Medical Cannabis Certification Supplemental Employer Contact (PDF)
Additional information to be submitted to complete your application
- A certificate of completion by an approved training program.
- A certificate of completion of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course.
- Proof of being 21 years of age or older as required under WAC 246-72-020. Acceptable forms of proof are a copy of your valid driver's license or other government-issued identification card, U.S. passport, or certified birth certificate.
- Other information
- The application is considered incomplete if requested information is left blank – write "N/A" or place a line through section instead of leaving blank.
- The initial certification will expire on your birthday unless the certification is issued within 90 days of your birthday. Certifications must be renewed every year by your birthday. A courtesy renewal notice will be mailed to your address on record. You must keep your address current with us. Any renewal postmarked or presented to the department after midnight on the expiration date is late.
- Information regarding the medical cannabis consultant program on our website.
- See fee information below
The following non-refundable fees will be charged for certificates.
Non-Refundable Fee Type Fee Amount Application for certificate $95 Renewal of certificate $90 Late renewal penalty $50 Expired certificate reissuance $50 Duplicate certificate $10 Verification of credential $15
WAC 246-72-990 – Refund of fees
Fees submitted with applications for initial certificates, renewal, and other fees are non-refundable.
- See certification requirements below
- Successfully complete a training program approved by the secretary of health that has a minimum of 20 instruction hours as required under WAC 246-72.
- Take a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course as required under WAC 246-72.
- You must be 21 years of age or older as required under WAC 246-72.
- Proof of successful completion of the training from the program where the applicant completed the training. Provide copy of the front and back of the training certificate.
- Verification of completion of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course. Provide copy of front and back of the CPR card.
- Proof of 21 years of age or older. Acceptable forms of proof are a copy of your valid driver's license or other government-issued identification card, United States passport, or certified birth certificate. Note: If your legal name has changed since birth, please provide legal documentation of your name change. Legal documentation may include an official marriage certificate or an order by a court.
Process for approving and denying applications
Credentialing staff members review the application and supporting documents to make an initial determination on eligibility. Applications that have questionable data answers or have questionable verifying documents are forwarded to the exception application process for determination by the appropriate disciplining authority. If an application is denied, the applicant will be formally notified and have the opportunity for a hearing.
Certifications must be renewed every year by your birthday. A courtesy renewal notice will be mailed to your address that we have on record. You must keep your address current with us and complete all continuing education requirements. Any renewal postmarked or presented to the department after midnight on the expiration date is late.
Note: Certified consultants may provide consultant services only while employed in a retail store with a medical endorsement.
Approved Training Programs
- Approved programs providing consultant certification training
The Department of Health has approved three training programs. Contact information for registration and training type (online or in-person) are listed below:
Advanced Learning Management System from Medical Marijuana 411
Training type: Online
Contact information: 844-411-0500 ext. 813
P.O. Box 2782
Redmond, WA 98052
Medical Marijuana Institute-MMJI
Training type: In-person
Contact information: 206-228-5943
18601 Hwy 99, Suite 230
Lynnwood, WA 98037
The Seattle Central College Cannabis Institute and the Academy of Cannabis Science
Training type: Online
Contact information: 206-934-5448
Seattle, WA 98122
Continuing Education (CE) Requirements
- See CE requirements below
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.
- 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:
- 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.