Shayna Schonauer from Sacramento is the first to complete the two-year, 2,000 hour training program managed by pot employers and the United Federation of Commercial Workers, overseen by the Department of Industrial Relations.

Shayana Schonauer receives her certificate for completinghe two-year, 2,000 hour training program managed by pot employers and the United Federation of Commercial Workers.  Photo by Ryan Harris, KFBK

This is on-the-job training, which Schonauer says you can get from a dispensary willing to ensure you get the right skills.

Schonauer says she has to learn about all the products and their potencies, whether it's flower, edible or topical, as well as how to verify if patients have legit recommendations and what's right for them, especially if they're new to cannabis.  "You want to make sure that you are getting that perfect dose for them," Schonauer said, "so they're getting the relief that they need and not creating a bad experience that possibly could deter them from using it in the future."

Schonauer added that she is also trained on how to make sure the products aren't contaminated with things like mold or pesticides so patients, especially those with compromised immune systems, get the safest medicines.