The ServSafe Alcohol program prepares bartenders, servers, hosts, bussers, valets, bouncers and all front-of-house staff to effectively and safely handle difficult situations in your operation.
Alcohol service involves many risks. Failure to act responsibly could result in fines, imprisonment, losing your liquor license, increased insurance costs, or losing your business.
Prepare yourself to handle these risks with responsible alcohol training from a trusted and experienced source, the National Restaurant Association.
Students choose from two exams when registering for a course. The ServSafe Alcohol Primary Exam tests basic understanding. The ServSafe Alcohol Advanced Proctored Exam tests proficiency in key concepts.
Training and exams formats: online and classroom
Classroom training and exam: English and Spanish
Online training and exam: English
The ServSafe Alcohol® Training program is developed by the National Restaurant Association and experts who have direct experience with the risks involved in serving alcohol. Our connection to the foodservice industry provides insights that help prepare you for difficult situations
SERVSAFE ALCOHOL MATERIALS
Our materials help define responsible alcohol service best practices because we involve specialists in regulatory agencies, law, insurance, medicine, law-enforcement, restaurants and academia to create them. ServSafe Alcohol materials reflect scientific research in an easy-to-understand format. Learn more.
Training and exams are available online and in a classroom. Compare formats.
Classroom courses can be taken in English and Spanish.
The online course is in English.
Most exams are taken in English; the Primary Print Exam can also be taken in Spanish.
EXPERT ALCOHOL SAFETY EDUCATORS
ServSafe Alcohol Approved Instructors and Registered Online Proctors must meet minimum experience and educational requirements. You can be confident that practical, real-world experience guides your training.
HOW DOES SERVSAFE ALCOHOL COMPARE?
ServSafe Alcohol is the right decision. See why.
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STEP 1 … CHECK REQUIREMENTS
Check South Carolina local regulatory information and your organization’s policies to determine your training and certification needs.
STEP 2… SELECT TRAINING AND EXAM OPTIONS
Select the training and exam option that best meets your needs, regulatory requirements and schedule. You can use different formats for the course and exam. For example, you can take an instructor-led course and on online exam.
- Textbook and print exam available in English and Spanish
- Online course and online exam available in English
- Training and Exam Format: Choose online or classroom
- Exam Type: Choose the ServSafe Alcohol Primary Exam or ServSafe Alcohol Advanced Proctored Exam (regulatory requirements may determine which exam you take.)
STEP 3… FIND INSTRUCTOR/PROCTOR OR CLASS
You need an Instructor if you are taking classroom training and exam. You will also need a Proctor if you are taking the ServSafe Alcohol Online Course and Advanced Proctored Exam.
If you already have an instructor or proctor, skip this step.
Proctored Online Training and Exam Option
Find a proctor to administer your exam. The exam proctor will need to be physically present to administer an exam.
Primary Online Training and Exam Option
You do not need an instructor or proctor for the ServSafe Alcohol Primary Online Program. Skip this step.
STEP 4… PURCHASE MATERIALS
Ask your instructor and proctor what materials you need to purchase. In some cases, the instructor will provide materials.
Purchase the appropriate online course and exam.
STEP 5… TAKE COURSE
Complete your training.
STEP 6… TAKE EXAM
Upon passing the exam, you will receive your alcohol safety certification.