Important information for Albertans
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To work in Alberta’s cannabis industry you must be an AGLC approved Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW) by completing both of the following:
All QCW applications must include a current, original criminal records check provided by local city police or local RCMP detachment. Copies of criminal records checks will not be accepted with exception of on-line criminal records checks from Edmonton Police Service or Calgary Police Service. No other on-line or third party criminal records checks will be accepted.
NOTE: Processing time for applications is two to four weeks.
Licensed cannabis store employees require SellSafe certification to understand how to responsibly sell legal, recreational cannabis.
SellSafe is an online certification program, offered through AGLC's Smart Training Program. You are required to have this certification if you work full-time or part-time in a licensed retail cannabis store as a:
SellSafe helps staff understand their responsibilities to customers. The program also helps workers understand Alberta’s cannabis laws and AGLC policies. These rules are in place to help protect people working in the cannabis industry, their property, their customers and the public from cannabis-related harms.
You must have SellSafe certification before applying to AGLC to be a Qualified Cannabis Worker.
After you complete SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training, submit the following to AGLC:
You must meet QCW requirements if you are, or intend to be, a:
If you are a first-time applicant, include the following documents with your application:
2. an original, unaltered criminal records check from a local police service dated within the last three months
AGLC does not cover the cost of criminal records checks.
Qualification is valid up to five years. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit renewal of qualification two months prior to expiry.
To renew your qualifications submit:
You are not required to re-submit identification when applying for renewal.
You must renew SellSafe certification prior to renewing your qualification.
Expiry date of Qualified Cannabis Workers on a Work/Study Permit will match the expiry date of the applicant's current Work/Study Permit. Applicants are required to submit a new Work/Study Permit at time of renewal and may be required to complete the full renewal process. Contact the Registrations Unit at 1-800-272-8876, prior to expiry, if you have any questions regarding the renewal process.
AGLC Gaming Registrations
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert AB, Canada T8N 3T5