Responsible Vendor Training (RVT)
for NYS Adult-Use Licensees

A Compliance Overview Course

NYSOCM’s proposed adult-use cannabis regulation Part 125.4 will require all adult-use cannabis licensees to provide Responsible Vendor Trainining (RVT).

This twenty (20) minute course and self-test is designed to provide a full overview of the proposed training obligations applicable to all license types. Persons who complete this free training with a score of 80% or higher may optionally receive a Completion Certificate from Warwick Institute as evidence of continuing education.

Complete the free course below (knowledge check at the end):

1. Understanding your training obligations as a Cannabis licensee in NYS
  • All cannabis licensees are required to provide eight (8) hours of Responsible Vendor Training (RVT) to managers, employees, contractors, volunteers, or persons performing activities under a licensee’s authorizations.
  • Training must be completed, within thirty (30) days of engagement.
  • Training must be provided at no cost to the trainee.
  • Training must take place during the employee’s work hours, and the licensee will pay the employee their usual rate of pay while completing any required training.
  • Retail licensees and Processor licensees have different training requirements.
  • Licensees must maintain an Employee Training Manual which is provided in a printed version to employees during the RVT program.
  • The Employee Training Manual must include company-specific employee guidelines, safety and emergency procedures, and security protocols.
  • Employee Training Manual must be made available at the licensed premises to all employees, authorized personnel, and the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) upon request.
2. Different RVT Requirements for Retail Licensees and Processors
  • Must provide adequate supervision of staff, including trainees, by persons familiar with standard operating procedures for the relevant roles and activities.
  • Must ensure all staff have demonstrated capability in the activities they are responsible for.
  • Must ensure all staff are fully trained on all standard operating procedures (SOPs), including security and emergency procedures and any procedures related to employee and public health and safety.
  • Have policies and procedures for identifying training needs on an annual basis and providing ongoing training of personnel, for a minimum of eight (8) hours per year, for each full-time employee.
3. How Licensees Train Personnel
  • Licensees may provide their own training and develop training curriculum and materials, provided that the training meets the minimum core curriculum standards.
  • Licensees may contract with third parties who will provide suitable curriculum.
4. Who Pays for Training
  • All training must be provided to employees and qualified workers free-of-charge by licensees. Qualified workers includes all managers, employees, contractors, volunteers, or persons performing activities under a licensees authorization.
5. Training Verification
  • Licensees must document completion of RVT by each qualifying person.
  • Licensees must retain records and make them available upon request by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Records must include:
    • Trainee’s Name
    • Trainee’s Hire Date
    • The name and itemized list of all training satisfactorily completed by the trainee.
6. Penalties for Non-Compliance
  • Failure to retain records or to make records available by request to the OCM can result in disciplinary action, including:
    • Civil Penalties
    • License Cancellation
    • Suspension
    • Revocation
    • Denial of Renewal
    • Civil or Criminal Fees, Fines, or Penalties
Test Your Knowledge …

People who achieve 80% correct on this self-test, can receive an optional certificate of completion at no charge.