If you are reading this you want to learn more about RBS, maybe want is an operative word. You may have been told you need to get RBS certified. In California, all alcohol servers and their managers have 60 days to obtain a valid RBS certification to perform their duties in a business that serves alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.

So, what is RBS? RBS, stands for “Responsible Beverage Service.” The RBS program that trains servers and sellers of alcohol to serve responsibly and to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated individuals.

Now you may be wondering, “How do I know if I need a RBS certification?” Servers, bartenders, managers, security staff, daily license designees all need RBS certification. Also, anyone who performs check patron identification, take patron alcoholic beverage orders, pour alcoholic beverages for patrons, deliver alcoholic beverages to patrons, check ID for alcohol service, or oversee, train or hire those who perform any of the previous tasks must all be RBS certified. 

This applies to restaurants, bars, taverns, nightclubs, wineries, breweries, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, golf clubs, yacht clubs, veterans’ clubs, health clubs, theaters, event centers, resorts, casinos, stadiums, airport lounges, fairs and special events. (For more information on if you might need RBS certification, click here) 

RBS training is a program that teaches servers and sellers of alcohol the skills they need to responsibly serve alcohol. The training typically covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Laws and regulations related to the sale and service of alcohol
  • Identification of fake IDs and underage individuals
  • Techniques for checking identification
  • Intervention and prevention strategies for dealing with intoxicated individuals
  • Liability issues related to serving alcohol
  • Effective communication with customers

The goal of RBS training is to prevent alcohol-related incidents, such as drunk driving, underage drinking, and alcohol-related accidents. By providing servers and sellers with the knowledge and skills they need to serve alcohol responsibly, RBS training helps ensure that alcohol is only served to individuals who are legally allowed to consume it and who are not at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.

So why do should you care?

For starters, It’s the law passed in California AB 1221 went into effect on July 1, 2022. For some this may not be enough of a reason to get their certification. The biggest reason is knowing how to prevent alcohol-related incidents, can help keep people safe. By teaching servers and sellers how to identify and intervene with intoxicated individuals, RBS training can help reduce drunk driving incidents including fatalities and other alcohol-related crimes, such as abuse or assault.

For licensees, business owners, and managers, RBS training can help reduce liability for businesses that sell or serve alcohol. In California, businesses that sell or serve alcohol can be held liable for injuries or damages caused by their customers if they are found to have served alcohol to an intoxicated person or a minor. By ensuring that servers and sellers are trained to serve alcohol responsibly, businesses can reduce the risk of liability and protect themselves from potential lawsuits. In addition, not having staff properly trained and certified with the ABC puts a business at risk for warnings and fines. It also is a factor in potential licensee revocation cases. 

All of which can be scary, no one wants to lose their liquor license. Why risk it? It is better to stay in compliance and ensure all the right people are RBS certified.

Alcohol does not have to be scary. In fact, it can be an important aspect to a thriving community. However, it needs to be taken seriously to promote public health and safety and minimize alcohol-related incidents, including injuries, fatalities, and long-term health problems. By promoting responsible service and consumption of alcohol, RBS training can help reduce the negative impact of alcohol on individuals and society.

If you work in the hospitality industry, consider taking an RBS training course to ensure that you are serving alcohol responsibly and legally.

About the Online Course

  • Learn anytime from anywhere, 24/7.
  • Mobile-friendly, self-paced-course, easily completed in one sitting in as little as 1-1/2 hours.
  • User-friendly, interactive platform will keep you interested, engaged and motivated to learn.
  • Excellent support to help you pass the state exam.
  • Downloadable and printable RBS Training Guide and full-size Certificate of Completion.