A Guide to California Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training

Alcohol becomes the center of any celebration or grief. But if not consumed responsibly, it also has the potential to intoxicate you. The duty lies on the server, establishment, and the patron to responsibly consume alcoholic drinks in the recommended quantities. To establish a uniform rule, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) created the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) under the RBS Act of 2017 to provide necessary serving skills and mitigate alcohol-related tragedies in California.

Let us learn more about the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training.

What is RBS Training Program?

The RBS training program is a state-wide program authorized by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) department that educates alcohol servers, licensees, and agents on the following key areas, either online or in-person:

  • Dangers of serving alcohol to minors or intoxicated patrons
  • Risks related to over-serving alcohol
  • How to reduce alcohol-related crimes in local communities, like driving under the influence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Who is RBS Training for?

The RBS training program is for anyone who wishes to become a server or is currently employed as one in licensed alcohol-serving establishments. These can also include managers, bartenders, waiters, and establishment owners where on-premises alcohol is available.

What are the Five RBS Curriculum Requirements?

  • The social impact of alcohol sales
  • The impact of alcohol on the body
  • State laws related to alcoholic beverage control and driving under the influence
  • Intervention techniques
  • Development of management policies to prevent service and sales to minors and intoxicated customers

Details About the State RBS Examination

After completing the course, candidates are required to take the state RBS exam using the link ABC provides. The exam consists of fifty questions. You need to answer at least seventy percent (35 questions) correctly. Each candidate gets three attempts to pass the exam.

RBS Training Program FAQs

  1. Is RBS training mandatory?
    Yes. The new state mandate requires on-premises alcoholic beverage servers and their managers to successfully complete RBS training and exam approved by ABC before August 31, 2022.
  2. How to find ABC-approved RBS training providers?
    ABC has begun approving AB 1221 compliant RBS training courses from various RBS training providers from Monday, March 29, 2021. You can find the approved RBS training providers on the RBS portal.
  3. What is the course length?
    The ABC-approved in-person and online courses range from approximately ninety minutes to four hours in length.
  4. What is the exam fee for the RBS exam?
    The RBS exam costs $3.00, included as a part of the alcohol server’s registration on the RBS portal. You will need to pay the fees for each attempt.
  5. Where can I find updates related to the RBS program?
    You can find out all recent updates to the RBS program on the official ABC website.

About A+ Server Education

Get trained for a responsible beverage service program by enrolling yourself into A+ Server Education. We have over 15 years of experience in the industry which qualifies us to give you the knowledge needed to get your permit. If you have any questions about our training courses, reach out to us at (503) 740-5509 or our toll-free number (877) 740-5509. You can also email us for more information.