The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is reminding local businesses of a new law that goes into effect on July 1, mandating Responsible Beverage Service training for anyone serving alcohol in a location where alcohol is sold and consumed on premises, including locations such as wineries, restaurants, bars, breweries, etc.
See below the number of businesses impacted in the State of the North:
91 companies in Plumas County
18 companies in Sierra County
22 companies in Modoc County
26 companies in Lassen County
270 companies in Shasta County
108 in Siskiyou County
42 in Trinity County
80 in Tehama County
The new law requires responsible beverage service training for all alcohol servers and server managers by August 31, 2022, or 60 days after their first day on the job.
The deadline for alcohol servers and their managers at more than 56,000 companies to comply with mandatory training under a new law is fast approaching. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2022, and by August 31, 2022, all liquor servers and their managers must be trained under Bill 1221 and Assembly Bill 82. AB 1221 defines an alcohol server as any person who is employed at a local ABC Licensed Establishment who is responsible for verifying identification, taking customer orders and serving or delivering alcoholic beverages.
Liquor servers and their managers must have a valid Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) certification from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Servers and their managers must pass an online RBS exam administered by ABC by August 31 to be certified. If they are new hires, they must pass the exam and be certified 60 days from their first hire date.
ABC developed the RBS program by holding statewide meetings with stakeholders to gather information to determine the best method of meeting the new training mandate. Based on the information, ABC created the RBS training portal. The portal provides access to an alcoholic beverage training service and certification program to meet AB 1221 requirements.
RBS Training and Certification is a three-step process:
- Register at ABC as a Server on the RBS Portal
- Get RBS training from an approved RBS Training Provider
- Return to the RBS Portal to take the ABC Alcohol Server certification exam.
The portal allows servers and managers to complete these steps. They can register as servers, search for training providers, and complete the exam all in one place.
“The development of the RBS portal is a great achievement. The entire certification process is online, including the ability to accept payments online,” said Jaime Taylor, head of the Licensing Division. “The RBS training program is designed to provide licensees, managers and staff with the tools and knowledge needed to promote responsible drinking, reduce youth access to alcohol and make communities safe.”
Alcohol servers and their managers play an important public safety role. More than 9,000 people died in alcohol-related accidents in California between 2009 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A study by Rutgers University shows that some states that have implemented responsible beverage service laws have seen a drop in deaths involving underage drivers. Oregon was the first state to adopt a mandatory alcohol server program in 1986, and in 1989, nighttime single-vehicle accidents were reduced by 23%, according to a joint study by the Prevention Research Center and the University of Oregon. Minnesota. By working with approved training providers, ABC hopes to reduce incidents like these, as well as other alcohol-related harm.
Potential RBS training providers are still being encouraged to submit their applications to ABC on the RBS Portal. ABC reviews training applications to determine if they meet certification standards to train servers to serve alcohol safely and responsibly.
ABC protects communities through education and the administration of prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcohol laws.
ABC is a department of the Agency for Business, Consumer Services and Housing.