Vermont ASAP Alcohol Seller-Server Training & Certification

Vermont alcohol seller-server safety training ensures that sellers and servers of alcohol understand state and local liquor laws and serve alcoholic beverages responsibly. An alcohol seller-server training program can also significantly reduce the risk and liability associated with alcohol service.

Why is Alcohol Seller-Server safety training necessary?

  • Alcohol safety seller-server training or certification may be required for employment to sell or serve alcohol in a state or for a business.
  • Alcohol responsible beverage service (RBS) training is necessary for position as a bartender since most employers require proper knoweldge and skills of alcohol service prior to employment.
  • Establishments that sell and serve alcohol and may require alcohol service training: bars, restaurants, hotels, taverns, night clubs, banquet halls, liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations.

The goals and objectives of the Alcohol Seller-Server safety training program are:

  1. Train and educate sellers and servers to engage in responsible alcohol service;
  2. Spot signs of intoxication and utilize various intervention techniques;
  3. Prevent DUIs and alcohol-related fatalities;
  4. Stop underage sales and underage drinking;
  5. Create safer communities and establishments where alcohol is served;
  6. Educate owners, managers and staff on liability, state laws, and local ordinances regarding alcohol service.

Alcohol Training Mandatory for Servers in Vermont
§ 239. Licensee education
(c) Each licensee shall ensure that every employee who is involved in the sale or serving of alcohol beverages completes a training program approved by the department of liquor control before the employee begins serving or selling alcoholic beverages and at least once every 24 months thereafter. Each licensee shall maintain written documentation, signed by each employee trained, of each training program conducted. A licensee may comply with this requirement by conducting its own training program on its premises, using information and materials furnished by the department of liquor control. A licensee who fails to comply with the requirements of this subsection shall be subject to a suspension of no less than one day of the license issued under this title.
Source: Vermont Statutes – Title 7: Alcoholic Beverages, Chapter 9: Licensing, 7 V.S.A. subsection 239. License education

Vermont Dram Shop Laws: Yes
Servers of alcohol may be held civilly responsible for improperly serving alcohol. “Dram Shop Law” allows certain people who are injured to get money damages from the person who served the alcohol.


Vermont Alcohol Seller-Server Training Info

  • Alcohol Seller-Server Training
  • State Contact Info
  • State Regulations

Vermont Alcohol Seller-Server Training Course

Course Description
The alcohol seller-server training course provides the student with the necessary knowledge of laws regarding alcohol service and proven techniques needed to be a responsible seller of alcohol and for providing a safe environment for customers. Specifically, you will learn:

  • how to protect yourself and your establishment from liability;
  • how alcohol affects your customers;
  • how to recognize the effects of alcohol on your customers;
  • how to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated;
  • how to intervene when you need to refuse a sale to someone;
  • how to prevent and deal with disturbances;
  • how to accurately check IDs and recognize minors;
  • how to prevent second-party sales; and
  • how to refuse a sale.

Audience: Employees in establishments that sell and serve alcohol in bars, restaurants, hotels, taverns, night clubs, concessions, banquet halls: bartenders, bar backs, servers and managers.

Credit Hours: 3 hrs

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: How Alcohol Affects the Body
  • Lesson 3: Recognizing Intoxicated Customers
  • Lesson 4: Preventing Disturbances
  • Lesson 5: Minors and Liability
  • Lesson 6: Second-Party Sales
  • Lesson 7: How to Refuse a Sale
  • Lesson 8: State Laws

End of Course Test & Certificate
At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be tested on their knowledge of the learning objectives and content. Upon successfully passing the exam with a minimum of 70%, the learner will be able to download a course certificate.

Vermont Alcohol Regulatory Agency

The Vermont Department of Liquor Control is responsible for the control over the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages, which applies to all retailers, suppliers, and wholesalers who are licensed to manufacture, sell, serve, transport, or store liquor in the State of Vermont.

Vermont Department of Liquor Control
13 Green Mountain Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-4501
Phone: (802) 828-2339
Web: http://liquorcontrol.vermont.gov