What are the Experience and Education Requirements for Testing Lab Employees?

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By: Chris J. Hoo, Esq. 
of Evergreen Law

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that of the commercial cannabis licenses available starting January 2018, testing labs will be the most elusive.  Indeed, we already know from other legalized states that there’s a shortage of qualified applicants and licensed labs, resulting in a supply chain bottleneck. 

There’s a few reasons for this.  For one, the testing lab license, unlike others, is exclusive, meaning you cannot hold any other license.  Second, with required testing machines and equipment that easily pass the $500,000 mark, the startup costs for a lab (and the general inability to secure loans from banks) makes it simply unobtainable for most individuals.  Lastly, and again unlike other licenses, testing labs have experience and education requirements for their employees:

 

1) Lab Director:

  • Doctorate in chemistry or biology and 3 years full-time, post-education lab experience OR
  • Master’s in chemistry or biology and 5 years full-time, post-education lab experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s in chemistry or biology and 7 years full-time, post-education lab experience

2) Supervisory Analyst:

  • Satisfy criteria for Laboratory Director OR
  • Doctorate and 1 year full-time, post-education lab experience OR
  • Master’s and 2 years full-time, post-education lab experience OR
  • Bachelor’s in chemistry or biology and 3 years full-time, post-education lab experience

3) Lab Testing Analyst:

  • Satisfy criteria for Lab Director or Supervisory Analyst OR
  • Bachelor’s in chemistry or biology OR
  • 2 years college coursework and 1 year full-time, non-education-related lab experience

4) Sampler:

  • Over 21 years old AND
  • 2 years college coursework AND
  • Completed minimum training requirements