HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED/LICENSED BARTENDER?
If you are looking to become a bartender, there are a few important steps you should take before applying for jobs. Step 1 is to get certified from a bartending school. Step 2 is to take an alcohol awareness course (typically referred to as a T.I.P.S Certification). Once you have done both of these, you are ready to start applying for your first bartending job.
STEP 1: GET CERTIFIED AS A BARTENDER
The best way to become a bartender is to start by taking a certification course from a notable bartending school. Here at The Bar School, our bartender certification course (The Bartending Masterclass) will help you learn the foundations of bartending & functions of the job. The course will train you how to be a bartender, how to make drinks, and how to make more money doing the job. The best part, is the course is online, which means you can learn at your own pace, on your own time, for half the cost of an in-person bartending school.
STEP 2: GET T.I.PS CERTIFIED
Once you have taken a bartending course, you are going to need to take an additional alcohol awareness training. This training will dive into the specific alcohol serving laws within your state, and train you how to safely serve customers. We recommend using the company known as "TIPS" to get this training (visit: https://www.gettips.com). Getting a "TIPS Certification" is not required by law in most states, however we highly advise all our students to get it. Most employers will actually require bartenders and servers to be TIPS Certified in order to work at their business. The TIPS training will not only educate you on the specific alcohol laws within your state, it will make you a more qualified candidate for employers.
STEP 3: APPLY FOR JOBS
Now that you have your certification from The Bar School, as well as your TIPS Certification, you are ready to start applying for jobs. Before you start handing out your resumes to every bar in your area, it's important to do some research. Look at the various types of venues out there, and apply to ones that are aligned with your personality. Do you want to work at a high volume nightclub? Or would you rather work at an upscale restaurant with wine and spirits? Maybe you prefer a craft cocktail bar? Or maybe just a neighborhood sports pub? Whatever it might be that interests you, do some research and apply to the places you can see yourself thriving in. There is nothing worse than getting served by the bartender who hates where they work!