Alcohol Server Training Program
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In 1987, Utah became the second state in the country to require training for all on-premise alcohol servers. Ten states now have mandatory server training laws and six have voluntary programs.
Training for the responsible service of alcohol was not the government’s idea. Before 1987, Utah’s hospitality industry was already providing this training on a voluntary basis through programs developed by the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Motel Association. The resulting legislation established a mandatory Alcohol Training and Education Seminar for employees of businesses that serve alcohol for consumption on the premises.
Who has to take the seminar?
Every individual who is employed to sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to consumers for consumption on the premises, or manage or supervise the service of alcoholic beverages must complete an Alcohol Server Training and Education Seminar.
Alcohol servers, managers, and supervisors must take and pass the seminar every three years.
Persons holding an ownership interest in an on-premise licensed establishment must also take the seminar if they perform duties as a manager, supervisor, or server.
What Students Learn
The subjects taught in the seminar include:
- Alcohol as a drug and its effects on the body and behavior.
- Recognition of the problem drinker.
- An overview of Utah alcohol laws.
- Dealing with problem customers.
- Discussing alternative means of transportation for customers who need help safely arriving at home.
When must the class be taken?
Managers, supervisors, and servers must complete the training within 30 days of commencing employment.
How is the class taught?
The Utah Division of Substance Abuse administers the program by certifying training programs (providers). The Division is responsible for evaluating and approving seminar programs that teach the responsible service of alcohol.
Neither the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control nor the Division of Substance Abuse teach, schedule or register participants for the seminar. Providers are private trainers who schedule their own classes, have their own enrollment policies, and set their own fees. To take a class, you must deal directly with the provider.
Providers charge each student a fee for the program. Fees vary, and are determined by the provider.
How to Find a Provider
A list of providers may be found on the Division of Substance Abuse’s Alcohol Server Training Program web site.
You may also phone the Division of Substance Abuse at 801-538-3939, or call the Compliance Division of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at 801-977-6800 to request a current list of approved providers.
How to look up a server
There is a web-based computer program that functions as a registry for the people who have been certified to serve alcohol in the Utah. It is maintained by the Division of Substance Abuse and called the Alcohol Server Training System. You can use it to search for the name of a certified server. You may also use the system to verify the term of a server's certification and when it expires.