Now Hiring Budtenders in Calgary!

We’re always looking for knowledgeable, eager candidates to grow our team! The ideal budtender is respectful, personable and provides exceptional service towards our guests. If this sounds like you, please review the requirements below and apply through our Google Application Form below:

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Who is Bud Bar?

Founded in Calgary, we are your friendly, local-owned, community-forward dispensary approaching cannabis in a welcome and responsible manner. We are committed to providing our guests with memorable experiences for every cannabis journey.

Our core value is to create trusting relationships with lasting, repeat guests, while fostering a company culture conducive to workplace satisfaction and personal growth. We are looking for passionate and dynamic individuals who find purpose in helping others to join our team.

How Do I Become A Budtender?

To work in the cannabis industry, all applicants must complete the Sellsafe course and Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW) application process through the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission (AGLC)

Step 1: Obtain A Police Background Check

Get a Police Background check from your local police station. (Online or third-party criminal records checks will NOT be accepted with the exception of Edmonton Police Service (EPS) or Calgary Police Service (CPS)). Costs may vary and take up to 2-3 weeks to receive. Police checks must be dated within the last 3 months.

Calgarians can use the Calgary Police’s online portal to submit a request for a criminal background check without visiting a police station! Check out Calgary Police Information Check Application

Check out the Calgary Police Website to learn more about this information check.

Complete AGLC SellSafe training. This requires about 3-4 hours of online training.
This course can be completed at

Download and complete the AGLC QCW application form.See Requirements for retail staff | AGLC
Email or mail your QCW Application form, a copy of your SellSafe License, your police background check, and a copy of your passport or birth certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Budtender?

A Budtender is a knowledgeable salesperson at a cannabis dispensary, responsible for guiding customers through various cannabis products such as strains, edibles, and concentrates. They offer advice based on individual needs, educate customers on safe usage, and stay informed about the latest trends and regulations in the cannabis industry. As experts in their field, Budtenders are crucial in ensuring a safe and satisfying customer experience in dispensaries.

A QCW, or Qualified Cannabis Worker, is a certified individual authorized to work in the cannabis industry, particularly in roles that involve handling cannabis, such as cultivation, processing, or sales. This certification is a regulatory requirement in some regions, ensuring that workers have the necessary knowledge and training regarding cannabis laws, safety protocols, and responsible handling. The QCW certification is a testament to a worker’s proficiency and compliance with industry standards and legal regulations.

In Alberta, working in the cannabis industry requires specific certifications such as a QCW (Qualified Cannabis Worker) and SellSafe certification. These certifications ensure that individuals are knowledgeable about cannabis laws, safety protocols, and responsible handling or selling practices within the province. The QCW certification is crucial for those handling cannabis products, while SellSafe is more focused on responsible sales techniques. It’s important to familiarize yourself with Alberta’s legal requirements and industry standards to determine which certifications are necessary for your desired role in the cannabis sector.

This process involves a few things! In order to get your QCW status, you need to apply with your Sell Safe certification and police background check. The Sell Safe certification process is online, and usually takes an individual 2-4 hours to complete. The police background check can take up to 3 weeks to obtain, so it is recommended that this is done first. You can then mail or deliver your QCW application to a designated AGLC office. It typically takes the AGLC 2-6 weeks to approve the QCW applications.

You can cut off a few days if you drop off your application in-person at a designated AGLC office! Sometimes you can call the AGLC to plead your case and ask for an expedited review of your application.

Working in the cannabis industry can be enjoyable, especially for those with a passion for cannabis products and culture. It offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of a growing and evolving sector, engage with a diverse clientele, and educate others about cannabis. The industry’s innovative nature provides a dynamic work environment. However, like any job, it also comes with its challenges and demands professional commitment. The degree of enjoyment largely depends on your interest in the field, your role within the industry, and your adaptability to its unique and changing landscape.

A good Budtender possesses a blend of knowledge, skills, and personal attributes. They should have an extensive understanding of cannabis products, effects, and consumption methods to provide accurate and helpful advice. Strong communication skills are essential to effectively educate and guide customers, particularly those new to cannabis. Additionally, a good Budtender should exhibit excellent customer service skills, patience, and empathy, ensuring a positive and informative experience for all customers. Familiarity with current industry trends and regulations is also crucial. Above all, a passion for the cannabis industry and a commitment to responsible service are key traits that distinguish a good Budtender.