California has one of the largest alcohol markets in the United States with over 56,000 businesses in the state that sell alcohol on-site. These businesses have a sizable impact on the California economy.
Beginning July 1, 2022, the Responsible Beverage Service Training Act will go into effect.
The law requires that anyone who serves alcohol, manages servers, delivers alcohol, takes orders, or checks IDs at a business that serves alcohol on-site must be trained to serve alcohol legally and safely to the public by August 31, 2022. The law authorized the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to establish the Responsible Beverage Server Training Program (RBSTP). Under the program, every alcohol server and their manager must have a valid Responsible Beverage Server (RBS) certification from ABC.
They can accomplish this through a three-step process:
- Register with ABC as a Server on the RBS Portal
- Take RBS training from an approved RBS Training Provider
- Return to the RBS Portal to take ABC’s alcohol server certification exam.
You can begin step one by registering with ABC through the RBS training portal. For more information about the law, click here.