Engaging Compliance Training: The 5 Sets of 5 Technique

Compliance with existing cannabis laws and regulations is paramount for licensees, dispensaries, and grow operations alike. Ensuring that industry professionals not only understand these regulations but also retain the knowledge for practical on the job application can be a challenge. Enter the “5 Sets of 5” technique, a structured approach that simplifies complex concepts in compliance training, ultimately safeguarding the industry’s integrity and reputation while keeping pace with emerging laws.

A Closer Look at the 5 Sets of 5 Technique

The “5 Sets of 5” method revolves around five main phases of instruction tailored to adult learners in the cannabis sector:

 At the outset, learners are introduced to five key compliance points they will explore during the session. Cannabis Trainers uses this technique during our live sessions, beginning each section with a short 5 question true/false quiz. This stage of introducing knowledge sets a clear outline, ensuring participants understand what to expect and the core regulations they will engage with, such as licensing requirements, safety protocols, and legal boundaries.

Application Through Modules: Following the introduction, learners delve into five distinct modules that share scenarios or case studies relevant to the cannabis industry showcasing the laws that dominate the cannabis industry. These modules are carefully crafted to prompt participants to apply compliance concepts in practical, real-world situations. Whether navigating through compliance checks during a dispensary audit or ensuring adherence to cultivation standards, each module reinforces learning points while honing decision-making skills crucial for industry professionals.

Learner Involvement: 

In the realm of adult learning, the importance of learner involvement cannot be overstated. Unlike younger students, adults bring a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the educational setting, making their active participation crucial for meaningful learning. When adult learners are involved in the planning and evaluation of their education, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated. This involvement fosters a sense of ownership and relevance, ensuring that the learning experience is directly connected to their personal and professional goals. Moreover, active participation encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and the application of new skills in real-world contexts. Ultimately, learner involvement transforms the educational process into a collaborative and dynamic journey, enriching both the individual and the learning community. This also means cannabis workers are more likely to retain and use the learning gained while on the job.

Formative Assessments/Quizzing: 

Adult learning, especially in the compliance realm,  requires a unique approach that recognizes the varied experiences and motivations of mature students. One crucial element in this process is the use of formative assessments or unscored quizzing. Unlike summative assessments, which evaluate learning at the end of an instructional period, formative assessments are ongoing and provide valuable feedback throughout the learning journey. This allows adult learners to identify areas needing improvement and adjust their study strategies accordingly. Additionally, formative assessments foster a supportive learning environment by encouraging self-reflection and active engagement. By incorporating these assessments, Cannabis Trainers can better meet the needs of our adult learners, facilitating more effective and personalized learning experiences.

Recap and Consolidation: The final phase involves summarizing the five key compliance points, ensuring participants grasp and retain the essential takeaways. This recapitulation reinforces understanding, empowering learners to leave the session with a firm grasp of the compliance framework and its implications for their roles within the cannabis industry.

Why It Works: Leveraging the Power of Five and Storytelling

The effectiveness of the “5 Sets of 5” technique stems from its simplicity and psychological appeal. By grouping information, the method aligns with the principle that structured information is easier to remember and apply (Zhan, et al. 2018). Moreover, the use of scenarios within the modules in compliance training taps into the power of storytelling, allowing participants to visualize regulatory challenges and solutions in a narrative format. This not only enhances comprehension but also fosters a deeper connection between compliance concepts and real-world scenarios, preparing industry professionals for the complexities they may encounter.

Implementing the 5 Sets of 5 Technique in Cannabis Compliance Training

In the dynamic landscape of cannabis compliance, where regulations can be intricate and subject to change, the “5 Sets of 5” technique offers a flexible yet structured framework for effective learning and training. Cannabis Trainers tailors their live and custom training sessions around this format, breaking down complex regulatory requirements into manageable segments and weaving them into relevant scenarios reflective of the cannabis industry’s operational challenges. By doing so, compliance training becomes more than just a legal obligation—it becomes a cornerstone for upholding industry standards, ensuring consumer safety, and bolstering the reputation of cannabis as a legitimate and regulated sector.

In Conclusion

The “5 Sets of 5” technique represents a paradigm shift in cannabis compliance training—an acknowledgment that effective education is not just about transmitting information but also about structuring it in a way that resonates with industry professionals. By adopting this method, Cannabis Trainers empowers the industry workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate regulatory complexities confidently. Ultimately, the technique serves as a catalyst for promoting compliance, fostering ethical practices, and elevating the industry as a whole. Ready to discover professionally curated and managed cannabis responsible vendor training specifically designed to stimulate on-the-job recall? Contact Cannabis Trainers to discuss training for your team.



Zhan, L., D. Guo, G. Chen, and J. Yang. “Effects of Repetition Learning on Associative Recognition Over Time: Role of the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, no. 12 (2018): 277. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2018.00277.


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