Bartending License and Schools

Bartending school may offer you the opportunity to perfect your drink mixing technique and improve your people skills in preparation for a job as a bartender. Continue reading to learn more about bartending schools and licensing requirements. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Bartending training is obtained through certificate programs available at community and vocational colleges. Typically offered as a single course, these classes are hands-on and allow students with both simulated and real liquor, learning everything from customer service skills and proper mixology techniques, to alcohol regulations.

Schools Both online and in-person options exists
Licensing Online and in-person courses are available through technical and vocation schools. Requirements vary per state.
Salary (2014) $19,050 (Median)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ABC bartending schools, Professional Bartending Academy'

Can I Find Online Training?

Bartending training is offered through online programs, and typically offers the same courses as traditional classes. In some programs, you may interact with your instructor extensively and complete assignments through e-mail. You may also receive instruction through demonstration videos and flashcards. Some schools include the bartending tools you need along with their teaching aides.

Do I Need To Be Licensed?

Licensing requirements for bartenders are established by individual states. Some states may refer to a bartending license as bartending certification. Either term usually includes a minimum age requirement and completion of a training program. Most bartending programs include the appropriate licensing or certification program in their curriculum.

Licensing, or certification, consists of training bartenders how to serve alcohol responsibly, spot the signs of intoxication and how to react accordingly. Required state licensing or certification could include one or more of the following programs:

  • ServSafe
  • SMART (Servers and Manager Alcohol Responsibility Training)
  • TIPS Program (Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol)
  • RBS (Responsible Beverage Service)
  • ABC Regulations (Alcohol Beverage Control)

What is the Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for bartenders are expected to increase by twelve percent from 2012-2022. This increase may be due in part to the high turnover rate for this field. Bartenders typically earn a significant portion of your income through tips received. In May 2014, the median annual salary for bartenders was $19,050.

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  • The Art Institutes

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    • Virginia: Arlington
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  • Harvard University

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    • Massachusetts: Cambridge
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    • North Carolina: Durham
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    • California: Stanford
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    • Indiana: Notre Dame