Whether you employ bartenders at a restaurant or bar or you bartend at your own bar, consider bartender training for all your bartenders -- even if it's not required in your state. Students learn much more than mixing drinks; many programs include classes in bar setup, customer service, money handling, inventory control, liquor laws and liability. Bartending classes help bartenders perform better, earn better tips and reduce your worry about employee turnover.
Several sources exist for bartender certification. To get the most out of training, send employees to accredited bartending classes. An accredited online bartending school offers bartenders all the knowledge they need. For the least expensive option, look for training DVDs you can order online.
1. Check your area's requirements for alcohol server certification (separate from bartender training), which you can also receive through bartending schools.
2. Course work alone won't cut it, so if employees can't properly set up a bar at home for training, either use your bar for training or look for local bartending schools where they can practice what they learn.
3. Typical bartender certification takes about 40 hours to complete, so exercise caution with bartending schools that cut corners to shorten their courses.
Send your employees to schools for bartendingReasonable in price, bartending schools provide the instruction, personal attention and atmosphere for a well-rounded and effective bartender certification program.
Get training online through accredited bartending schoolsYou can definitely find legitimate and successful bartending schools online. These programs come reasonably priced, provide customer support and let students work at their own pace.
Increase employee knowledge with bartender training DVDsIf your state doesn't require certification and you need your bartenders working now, you can still help them improve their skills through bartending training DVDs. Many of these DVDs also provide an avenue for certification, leaving your options open.
- The minimum age for bartenders varies from state to state and ranges from 17 to 21, so check on the required age before you hire anyone. When you're checking, also verify whether your bartenders actually have to go through bartender certification, since many states don't require any formal training.