Responsible Beverage Service Training

RBS training under the requirements of CA Assembly Bill 1221 will become mandatory on July 1, 2022. This new state mandate will require certain alcoholic beverage servers and their managers to successfully complete an ABC approved RBS training program and exam no later than August 31, 2022.

Who Needs Responsible Beverage Service Training?

Responsible beverage service is required of all restaurant staff in California. Everyone, including bar tenders, servers and managers are required to complete responsible alcohol service training to be compliant with the Alcohol Beverage Control policy.

Alcohol Certification in California

With our training and through the ABC of California, you will be licensed and able to work in any restaurant or bar. As an employee, you are required to take the training and you are able to use it in any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. RBS certification is assigned to you, not the restaurant or bar you work for.

As defined by California’s AB 1221 law, an “Alcohol Server” includes anyone who:

  1. checks customer identification for purposes of alcoholic beverage service or entry to an ABC on-premises licensed establishment
  2. takes customer alcoholic beverage orders
  3. pours alcoholic beverages for customers
  4. delivers alcoholic beverages to customers

As you can see, any restaurant or bar staff that interacts with alcoholic beverages needs to be RBS certified.

An “Alcohol Manager” is any person who trains, directly hires or oversees alcohol servers at an ABC licensed establishment in the state of California. It additionally includes any person who trains alcohol servers how to perform the service of alcohol for consumption for an ABC on-premises licensee, including but not limited to, when to check identification or when to refuse service to a customer.

Similar to an alcohol server, an alcohol manager also needs to be RBS certified to be compliant with state laws.

What If I Recently Completed RBS Training? Do I Need to Take Another Exam to Be Compliant in California?

Yes. None of the responsible beverage service training providers currently offering services in California are ABC approved for the upcoming statewide mandate. You are responsible for re-taking the training to meet the 2022 standards as set forth by the ABC.

Are You Purchasing Responsible Beverage Service Training for a Company?

RBS Training Online

MindMeld and has partnered with the ABC of California to offer a course that is made available online. Our training ensures you meet the qualifications to be compliant in the state of California. Once completed, you will receive a certificate to be submitted to the ABC confirming you are suited to work in a restaurant or bar that serves alcohol.

Save time and money using our easy online training module and be completely RBS certified in no time.

Questions About RBS Training?

We work hard to answer your questions. Get in contact with us today and we will quickly respond to any questions you have about our programs. Thank you! We look forward to speaking with you soon.

You can also contact us directly at 1-800-861-7642.