Bartending License

There is no such thing as a “Bartending License”. In any state.

Have you ever asked how to become a licensed bartender?
Some people don’t realize that there is no bartending license.

Becoming a bartender doesn’t require some sort of state or national standard.
There is no standardized testing given by the Board of Education to determine
a persons ability to work as a bartender.

There are bartending schools that advertise a bartending license as part of their program.
They might be using the term, on websites or advertising, in order to attract people
to their program. I see nothing wrong with that as long as they clarify that actual bartending
doesn’t require a license.
If they’re misleading you with that then you might want to reconsider going to their school

HOWEVER:
Some states do require that you take some sort of Alcohol Safety
and  Service Training.

This training will teach you about:

  • Your legal responsibilities when serving alcohol.
  • How to responsibly serve Alcohol.
  • Not serving minors.
  • Not over serving customers.
  • Specific State Laws.
  • Spotting fake IDs.

Two examples of programs that cover this type of training are
ServSafe and TIPS.

This type of training doesn’t teach you how to properly mix a drink or pour
a draft beer.

If you want to be a bartender then find a State approved program and take that course.

Do this even if your state doesn’t require it.
This will be a PLUS when applying for jobs and show that you
know how to serve alcohol responsibly and you aren’t a liability.

Here are a few links for some states.

Alabama

https://www.alabcboard.gov/licensing-compliance/responsible-vendor-program

Alaska

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/amco/AlcoholicBeverageFAQs.aspx

Arizona

https://azliquor.gov/communications/trainers/trainers.cfm

Arkansas

https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/alcoholic-beverage-control/responsible-permittee-program/

California
https://www.abc.ca.gov/education/register-for-licensee-training/

Colorado

https://sbg.colorado.gov/liquor-enforcement-laws-rules-regulations

Connecticut

https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/liquor.htm

Delaware

https://legis.delaware.gov/SessionLaws/Chapter?id=27946

Florida

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/alcoholic-beverages-and-tobacco/

Georgia

https://dor.georgia.gov/alcohol-tobacco-1/alcohol-tobacco-regulations

Hawaii

https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/liquor-control

Illinois
https://www2.illinois.gov/ilcc/Education/Pages/BASSET/Home.aspx

Idaho

alcohol awareness training

Montana
https://mtrevenue.gov/liquor-tobacco/liquor-education/

Missouri

https://atc.dps.mo.gov/

New York
https://sla.ny.gov/training

Louisiana
https://www.servsafe.com/access/ss/Catalog/ProductList/104

Pennsylvania
https://www.lcb.pa.gov/Education/RAMP/Pages/RAMP-Training.aspx

Texas
https://www.tabc.texas.gov/training_and_certification/approved_seller_training_schools.asp

Washington
https://lcb.wa.gov/mastrvp/mandatory_alcohol_server_training

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