How old do you have to be to bartend in California?

California – 21

The bartending age in California is 21 years old.

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Beginning July 1, 2022, any alcohol server and their manager must have a valid RBS certification from an ABC accredited RBS training provider and pass an online ABC administered RBS exam within 60 calendar days from the first date of employment.

This link will take you to the State website for training.

Is RBS training mandatory and do I need a certificate to serve alcohol in California?

RBS training under the requirements of CA Assembly Bill 1221 will become mandatory on July 1, 2022. The implementations date was modified by Assembly Bill 82. This new state mandate will require on-premises alcoholic beverage servers and their managers to successfully complete an ABC approved RBS training program and exam no later than August 31, 2022.

Currently, RBS training is only required if your local government mandates it. If you are required to take an RBS class for employment, please access the RBS Portal to search for a Department Authorized training provider and approved program.


California Bartenders Wages

  • Workers on average earn $14.69 per hour.
  • 10% of workers earn $14.00 or less per hour.
  • 10% of workers earn $23.54 or more per hour.