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California Responsible Beverage Service: Training and Certification

 The primary objective of the California Responsible Beverage Service Training Certification is to provide comprehensive education for on-premises servers of alcoholic beverages and their managers, emphasizing the risks associated with serving alcohol to minors and the potential consequences of over-serving patrons.

California Responsible Beverage Service

Is RBS Training mandatory in California

The completion of Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training for on-premises alcoholic beverage servers and their managers is mandatory. These requirements have been integrated into the California Code of Regulations.

Who needs to take RBS training?

Effective July 1st, Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training is required in California for individuals involved in serving alcohol. This requirement extends to both managers and ID checkers, making it mandatory for them to undergo the training as well.

What is the new law for bartenders in California?

 Effective July 1, 2022.  This law states that all alcohol serving establishments are required to furnish educational training for their staff. This training program comprises a 3-4 hour course and an open-book exam.

How do I get my RBS certification in California

ABC’s Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) certification entails a three-step process that is mandatory for all alcohol servers and their managers.  

#1 – Register in the RBS Portal

#2 – Completion of training provided by an authorised RBS training provider

#3 – Passing the ABC Certification Exam within 30 days of completing

If I passed an exam or received an RBS certificate from a training provider, do I still need to take the ABC Alcohol Server Certification Exam?

YES!  It is imperative to pass the ABC Alcohol Server Certification Exam within 30 days following the confirmation of your training. Merely possessing a certificate from the training provider does not fulfill the requirement for obtaining the California Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) certification.

What is the difference between ABC and RBS certification?

Upon finishing the training, servers must successfully complete an RBS exam administered by the ABC to obtain their certification. To clarify, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) server training denotes the mandatory completion mandated by the government body, while Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training specifically denotes the alcohol server training program’s name.

How long does my Responsible Beverage Server Training Certificate last?

Certifications are valid for three years. Your certification must be renewed prior to its expiration to remain valid.

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About ABC Server Training:

With over 40 years of experience in the hospitality sector, we are providing an easy-to-use and accredited platform for individuals and businesses to maintain compliance with nationwide Responsible Server regulations. Our goal is to educate servers with information known to reduce alcohol-related risks in the workplace while they ultimately earn the certification required by their operating states. We offer 100% online state-approved and state compliant courses for server training that are accessible from just about any electronic device with simple and easy to use interfaces.


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