What it Takes to Work in Alberta’s Legal Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is poised for expansive growth in Canada and companies are hungry for talented and innovative entrepreneurs to help build the future landscape of legal cannabis. It will be the responsibility of today’s new employees to pave the way for Canada’s legal cannabis movement and its progress towards compliance and growth. It is important to know the specific requirements needed for staff to work in Alberta’s retail cannabis industry. If you think you have what it takes, read our latest blog to learn more about what you need to get started today.


The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (or AGLC) has established strict regulations around the emerging private retail cannabis industry in Alberta. The province has outlined a number of requirements for individuals looking to gain employment in the its budding new industry. If you are looking to get involved in the marketing or distribution of cannabis in Alberta, there are two main types of jobs AGLC is responsible for regulating:

      • Cannabis Representatives:
        • Individuals who market cannabis in Alberta
      • Retail Staff:
        • Owners
        • Managers
        • Supervisors
        • Cashiers
        • Security Staff

To get a job in Alberta’s cannabis industry, candidates must be an AGLC approved Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW) by completing the following hiring requirements:

1. AGLC SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training Program

Similar to a ProServe certificate for serving and selling alcohol in Alberta, the AGLC SellSafe program is an online course designed to prepare part-time and full-time retail staff on how to responsibly sell legal non-medical cannabis.

Here are some of the topics covered in the AGLC SellSafe training program:

  • Public responsibility
  • Laws and liability
  • Protecting minors
  • Understanding cannabis
  • Intoxication and impairment
  • Responsible service strategies
  • Assessing the customer

Note: The SellSafe certification is mandatory for cannabis hires in Alberta and must be completed prior to applying to the AGLC to be a Qualified Cannabis Worker.


2. Completed Qualified Cannabis Worker Form

Upon receiving your SellSafe Certification, in which you are allotted 30 days to complete, the next step is to complete the Qualified Cannabis Worker application. This application will determine whether or not you are approved to become a cannabis worker in Alberta and is valid for five years once approved. The AGLC requirements for becoming a QCW are outlined in section 1.6 of the AGLC Retail Cannabis Store Handbook.

As a first-time applicant, documentation requirements include:

  • Identification
    • If you were born in Canada, provide a copy of your birth certificate, Canadian passport or Indian status card
    • If you were not born in Canada, provide a copy of Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or immigration documents such as a permanent resident card, landed immigrant document or current work/study permit
  • An original, unaltered criminal records check from the local police service or RCMP dated within the last three months

Note: The AGLC is quoting a 2-4 week processing time for QCW applications.


Our team of revolutionary pioneers at Cannabis Cowboy are equipped to answer your questions and guide you through AGLC’s hiring requirements. At Cannabis Cowboy we strive for excellence and are dedicated to empowering the community by fostering relationships and education.


Our team at Cannabis Cowboy is looking to grow exponentially. We are in the market for bud experts, store managers, and security across a number of storefronts in the following locations:

Calgary, AB

Lethbridge, AB

Airdrie, AB

Being a part of the our team means you’re a passionate and personable individual who loves working with and educating the public while fostering positive relationships within the community. You have the opportunity to become an integral part of the Cannabis Cowboy retail operations as we launch into the Canadian market. As a candidate, being well-versed in cannabis is an asset, but curiosity and hard work are both necessities.

Legalization is fast approaching, so submit your QCW application to the AGLC for approval today. Become a part of history with one of Canada’s leading cannabis lifestyle brands and join the Cannabis Cowboy team today!