The advantage of working in a place which serves alcohol is that you increase your average check (which means more cha-ching!). The price of alcohol in comparison to other beverages like coffee, tea, juice, pop and especially tap water has a higher markup. Alcohol is also something that gets repeat orders and in some occasions can be the major percentage of a tables check.
However with this said, serving alcohol as we all know can have repercussions if consumed at irresponsible levels (moderation is the word right?).
How can you educate yourself on this?
In the U.S. and Canada it’s a requirement in many states or provinces for you to be certified to serve alcohol in an establishment, although not all of them are mandatory so please check if you need to be certified in your state or province. You will need tocomplete a test to receive your certification. Most of the courses can be completed online and course material is generally supplied for free which you can use to review or study, which I recommend going over if you have the time.
I’ll put up a list of links where servers and bartenders can get their certification in both the U.S. and Canada. Most of these can be completed easily online.
If you find that any of the links that I provide below don’t work or you have problems then please contact me so I can check and update this post and keep it with up to date material.
Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links in which I make a commission for any purchase you make at no extra cost to you. Please only make a purchase if it’s necessary that you become certified, I’m not here to pressure or “sell” something to you. The links I placed here are intended to help you become certified and allow you to reach your goals.
- British Columbia
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
As I mentioned above not everywhere requires that you be certified to serve alcohol, but it can help better you as a server knowing this information, and can give you an advantage when it comes to applying for serving jobs as it looks good on your resume.
Rather than me rambling on here there is a lot of information for you provided in the links above, so I won’t bore you!
If you have any questions or comments about this topic then please ask away.
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