What is the RBS Training Program?
Assembly Bill 1221 (2017) created the Responsible Beverage Service
Training Program Act with the intention of reducing alcohol-related
harm to local communities. The bill required the Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control to create the Responsible Beverage
Service Training Program (RBSTP) to ensure on-premises servers of
alcoholic beverages and their managers are educated on the dangers
of serving alcohol to minors and over-serving patrons.
Approximately 56,000 ABC licensees have on-premises alcohol sales
privileges, which means alcohol can be consumed on site. On-premises
locations include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants,
tasting rooms, clubs, stadiums, movie theaters, hotels, and caterers
or mobile bar services.
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To meet the new training requirement, any on-premises alcohol
server or manager must register in the RBS Portal, take training
from an authorized RBS Training Provider like BartenderGirl.com, and
pass the ABC Alcohol Server Certification exam within 30 days of
their confirmed training. Servers and managers must be certified
within 60 days of their first date of employment.
Approved Training Provider Disclaimer: The Department has certified
that the curricula presented by the approved training providers
meets the requirements set forth in the California Code of
Regulations Title 4 §§162-166. The Department's review is limited to
the content required by the aforementioned regulations, therefore,
the Department cannot confirm the accuracy of any non-regulated
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If you have questions about
the accuracy of the information provided by one of the training
providers, or object to the manner in which the information was
presented, please contact the training provider.
Approved training providers
are not employees of the Department or otherwise affiliated with the
Mission of the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program
Our mission is to ensure effective Responsible Beverage Service
training for servers and their managers to curb harm related to
underage drinking and the overuse of alcohol in California