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How to Get Your Staff Certified to Serve Alcohol in California

Serving alcohol in California requires staff to be certified in Responsible Beverage Service (RBS). This certification ensures that servers understand the laws and regulations surrounding alcohol service and are equipped to handle situations responsibly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get your staff certified to serve alcohol in California:

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1. Understand California’s RBS Requirements:

  • In California, RBS certification is required for all servers and sellers of alcohol. The certification must be obtained from an accredited RBS training provider.

2. Choose an Accredited RBS Training Provider:

  • Select an accredited RBS training provider. California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) provides a list of approved providers on their website.

3. Enroll Your Staff in an RBS Training Course:

  • Enroll your staff in an RBS training course offered by the accredited provider. The course covers topics such as California alcohol laws, checking identification, recognizing signs of intoxication, and handling difficult situations.

4. Complete the RBS Training Course:

  • Ensure that your staff completes the entire RBS training course. The duration of the course may vary, but it typically takes a few hours to complete.

5. Pass the RBS Certification Exam:

  • After completing the training course, your staff will need to pass an exam to obtain their RBS certification. The exam tests their knowledge of the material covered in the course.

6. Receive Your RBS Certification:

  • Once your staff has successfully completed the training course and passed the exam, they will receive their RBS certification. The certification is valid for three years.

7. Renew Your RBS Certification:

  • RBS certification in California must be renewed every three years. To renew their certification, your staff will need to complete a refresher course and pass the exam again.

8. Maintain Compliance with California Alcohol Laws:

  • Ensure that your staff follows all California alcohol laws and regulations, including checking identification, refusing service to intoxicated individuals, and complying with age restrictions.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your staff is properly certified to serve alcohol in California. This not only helps you comply with state laws but also ensures that your staff is equipped to serve alcohol responsibly and safely.


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