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Training mandate for alcohol servers and managers hits first milestone

The Responsible Beverage Service Program has celebrated its first anniversary
File photo of alcohol. Courtesy of Metro Creative Connection.

The Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Program has celebrated its first anniversary. 

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) created the mandate last year which is now a required practice for those who serve alcohol at over 56,000 statewide businesses.

"RBS training provides alcohol servers with important information to help safeguard public safety through responsible alcohol service,” said Chief Deputy Director Joseph McCullough in a press release. “ABC’s goal is to gain statewide compliance with the training requirement.” 

The RBS program went live on April 5, 2021, and alcohol servers and managers had until Aug. 31, 2022 to become certified. To date, 436,882 alcohol servers and managers have been trained and certified in responsible beverage service.

Assembly Bill 1221, signed into law in 2017, created the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act with the intention of reducing alcohol-related harm to local communities. There are currently 73 RBS training providers offering training in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The exam is available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

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