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About the State-Certified Alcohol Seller-Server Training Courses
Our State-Certified Responsible Alcohol Seller-Server Training Courses provide you with all the necessary knowledge and techniques you need to be a responsible server of alcohol. Specifically, you will learn:

  • how to protect yourself and your establishment from liability;
  • how alcohol affects your customers;
  • how to recognize the effects of alcohol on your customers;
  • how to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated;
  • how to intervene when you need to cut someone off;
  • how to prevent and deal with disturbances, and;
  • how to accurately check IDs and recognize minors.

Employer Lawsuit Liability
Over the past years a growing number of alcohol liability lawsuits that have been settled both in and out of court have included attempts to collect damages from alcohol licensees for everything from auto accidents, personal injury, property damage, pregnancy, STD’s, rape and fights. As an employer, your best defense is to ensure all of your employees are RBC Certified within 30 days of employment.

Dram Shop Laws
Dram shop or dramshop is a legal term in the United States referring to a bar, tavern or the like where alcoholic beverages are sold. Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid.

Dram shop liability refers to the body of law governing the liability of taverns, liquor stores and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Generally, dram shop laws establish the liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties (those not having a relationship to the bar) as a result of alcohol-related car crashes and other accidents.

The Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program is the State of Illinois’ seller-server training program.

Responsible Alcohol Beverage Server Training – On Premise & Off-Premise
Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) is a community-based approach to reducing risks associated with retail alcohol environments. RBS has three essential elements: policy development, merchant education, and partnerships with law enforcement. The goal is to reduce alcohol-related problems by holding merchants accountable if they violate state and local laws, such as sales to minors and intoxicated patrons. Good RBS means that bars check IDs, refuse service to drunk patrons, and the community gets involved to ensure safe alcohol service and sales.

Research shows that simply training servers and sellers is not enough to create long-term change; a successful RBS program must be rooted in the community. This means conducting an assessment to find out which outlets are problematic. From this assessment comes a training program that is tailored to the community’s concerns: off-sale (stores), on-sale (bars, restaurants), or special events (fairs, festivals).

Server training is part of RBS, but it must be connected to house policies that clearly define how alcohol is sold. Key management personnel must endorse these policies and everyone, from the doorman to the owner, must comply with local and state laws.

Alcohol Seller-Server Training
Alcohol Seller-Server Training is a form of occupational education typically provided to servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. Usually underwritten by employers in the hospitality, food-service and related industries, this training is regulated and mandated by state and local laws predominantly in North America, and increasingly in other English-speaking countries such Australia. In North America the primary purpose of this employee-training is to mitigate liability during a lawsuit involving intoxication by providing evidence of intent on the part of the establishment that serves and sells alcoholic beverages – a “reasonable efforts defense.”

Secondarily, this training is considered effective in reducing incidences of over serving patrons to the point of intoxication, and in preventing sales to minors. For the establishment paying for this training, the most immediate tangible benefit is a reduction in liquor liability insurance premiums paid by all organizations serving or selling alcoholic beverages. Another benefit is regulatory compliance. Increasingly in the United States (for example, in the States of Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana), licenses or permits to serve or sell alcoholic beverages are contingent on obtaining this form of training for employees.

In the United States, this training is taught by a wide range of educational providers, from individuals to the state. The cost, quality and content of training varies widely from program to program, and from state to state. The term “Alcohol Server Training”, as a consequence, is often an umbrella attached to the overall intent of the training, if nothing else. This training usually carries some testing and certification, related to local state regulations, but few programs are provided nationally to any standard. Some states allow online testing for certification but others, like Louisiana require attendance at a class with a live trainer.