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Alcohol Awareness Program
To be a professional, a bartender must be an aware and responsible server of alcohol beverage. Included in the cost of tuition is your choice of either TIPS or ServSafe Alcohol, which are nationally recognized and respected programs in responsible alcohol beverage service. These programs have been designated to promote and encourage responsible drinking behavior by teaching YOU to be more sensitized to changes that take place as alcohol is consumed and to respond in a confident, professional and effective manner in order to prevent over service. In this class we will also discuss the various state laws and how they affect you. You will also be shown different ways to recognize false identifications.
Once you have successfully passed this bartending program you will receive a certificate recognizing this accomplishment. Note: These programs are also available for a fee to those not enrolled in the Professional School of Bartending full Mixology class. Click here to email us.
As per the State of Rhode Island, General Laws, Titles 3, Chapter 3-7, section 3-7-61 “all persons who sell or serve alcoholic beverages, anyone serving in a supervisory capacity over those who sell or serve alcoholic beverages, anyone whose job description entails the checking of identification for the purchase of alcoholic beverages and valet parking staff shall receive Alcohol Server Training”……within 60 days of employment.
Massachusetts currently has no state mandate but certain towns may require training.
TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic skills -training program conducted by certified TIPS trainers. Participants learn about the effects of alcohol consumption and gain an understanding of the social and legal responsibilities associated with the service of alcohol. Through videotape presentation, interactive class discussion and skills training exercises, participants learn to recognize potential problems and intervene in a tactful manner to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. TIPS workshops are coordinated by CASE and are offered throughout the academic year.
During T.I.P.S. training, students receive training on how to increase their communication and interpersonal skills toward influencing their peer's drinking behavior in a non-threatening way. This program goes much further than the standard approach of receiving information on the dangers of alcohol, but instead students receive training on how to intervene with others who are consuming too much alcohol. T.I.P.S. is utilized nationally and is used heavily by the hospitality industry, where hotels, casinos, restaurants, clubs and taverns are getting their personnel T.I.P.S. certified. Becoming T.I.P.S. certified may help our students obtain a career in the hospitality industry. Also, many insurance companies acknowledge the value of T.I.P.S. training as an effective risk reduction tool and offer substantial savings on liquor liability premiums to T.I.P.S.-certified associations.
The Professional School of Bartending offers its students ServSafe Alcohol certification at our Providence location and T.I.P.S. at our Brockton location. These responsible server training programs are sponsored by State and National Restaurant Associations. In addition the certification is required to work in many towns in Massachusetts and statewide in Rhode Island (Jan. 2005). These programs give restaurant and food service managers and employees the knowledge, confidence and tools to think and react successfully and responsibly when serving beverage alcohol. Certification is key in the hospitality industry for securing a great career as it identifies you as a professional with the knowledge and confidence necessary to serve alcohol responsibly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Bartenders fill drink orders that waiters and waitresses take from customers. They prepare standard mixed drinks and, occasionally, are asked to mix drinks to suit a customer's taste. Most bartenders know dozens of drink recipes and are able to mix drinks accurately, quickly, and without waste, even during the busiest periods. Besides mixing and serving drinks, bartenders collect payment, operate the cash register, clean up after customers leave, and often serve food to customers seated at the bar.
Bartenders also check identification of customers seated at the bar, to ensure they meet the minimum age requirement for the purchase of alcohol and tobacco products and bartenders must demonstrate an awareness and responsibility concerning a customers state of intoxication. Bartenders usually are responsible for ordering and maintaining an inventory of liquor, mixes, and other bar supplies. They often form attractive displays out of bottles and glassware and wash the glassware and utensils after each use.
The majority of bartenders who work in eating and drinking establishments directly serve and interact with patrons. Because customers typically frequent drinking establishments for the friendly atmosphere, most bartenders must be friendly and helpful with customers.
Because maintaining a restaurant's image is important to its success, employers emphasize personal qualities. Bartenders are in close contact with the public, so these workers should be well-spoken and have a neat, clean appearance. They should enjoy dealing with all kinds of people and possess a pleasant disposition.
For more information call us. In MA (Massachusetts) call 508-588-8204 or 800-206-8037
and in RI (Rhode Island) call 401-831-6446. You may also Click here to Email us.
Licensed by the Massachusetts Office of Private Occupational School Education, Division of Professional Licensure
Successfully training and placing bartenders in jobs throughout Boston vicinity, west throughout US Routes I-95 (MA and RI) and I-495 and I-295 area,
all over the south shore, the South Coast and Cape Cod regions and all over greater Providence, Johnston, Warwick and Rhode Island since 1977.
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