How long is the Certified Bartender program?

Depending on your pace you can earn your certification in as little as one to two weeks.  You have twelve months to complete your certification.


What will I learn?

Our program covers a minimum of 14 course objectives in bartending covering key concepts of Bartending best practices & teamwork, Safety and responsible alcohol service, Customer service & professionalism, Bar tools and equipment, Using the senses in cocktail mixology, Spirit production and styles, Basic liquor groups, Beer & wine production and service, Ciders, Meads and Sakés, Drink preparation and garnish, Cocktail making and recipes, Finding job opportunities, Applying and interviewing for jobs.  To further sharpen your skills, you will also practice with special hands-on activities and pointers to help you earn better tips.  These are all here to help you remember key topics.  Consider the activities as your homework designed to get you to practice your drink-making (and tasting) techniques.


Do I need to have experience bartending?

You don’t need to know about bartending before you take the course…you just need passion and commitment! Program lessons, assignments and study tools will guide you through the course step-by-step. Learn at your own pace and study on your own terms, when it’s convenient for you.  If you already have some experience behind the bar, this course will give you tips, pointers and techniques to further hone your craft and provides valuable knowledge about products and best practices.


Do I get to drink cocktails?

As you are training for a career in bartending, you must know that the industry is very serious about promoting responsible drinking. You will be expected to conduct yourself as a professional at all times which means keeping a clear head and staying sober while performing your job. Tasting is part of understanding cocktail-making, so you may choose to take part in activities where alcohol is sampled solely for the purpose of sensory evaluation, only if you are of the legal minimum age for the retail purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages in your state or country.


Do I still need TIPS training if I take your course?

It is highly recommended that you obtain certification from TIPS or another third-party alcohol server training in addition to your Certified Bartender designation.  This demonstrates your commitment to responsible alcohol service as a professional bartender.  For this reason, Bartenders Association Internationale has negotiated a discount for its students for eTIPS online training for intervention procedures.


How can I use my certification?

Graduates may use the designations, “Certified Bartender” or “CB” and the Certified Bartender logo. The Certified Bartender designations and logos are a symbol of your professionalism, understanding of, and dedication to your industry. The Certified Bartender designation is officially registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and applications have been made to register the CB acronym and logo. Certificate holders are encouraged to use the logo on their stationery, business cards, web pages, marketing materials, publications, etc. Using your certification and credentials you have earned as a Certified Bartender will assist you in preparing for job opportunities in the bartending, dining, entertainment and hospitality industries.


If you're serious about getting your Certified Bartender® credentials and building your credibility, visibility and success in a bartending career of your choice, we urge you to GET STARTED!