There are no California State licensing requirements for bartenders
but you should contact your local city and county offices to make sure
there are no local requirements. That said, you would do well to
complete the LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) and TIPS
(Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol) training
programs even if they are not required in your locality.
Are your Bartenders And Wait Staff Certified?
"There are no state laws regulating server or bartending training.
Some cities or counties may require server and bartending training as
part of their Conditional Use Permit process (e.g., City of Dana Point
in Orange County or Taylor Hall in Claremont or The Carousel in Santa
>> What is the LEAD Program?
"The LEAD Program is a free, voluntary prevention and education
program for retail licensees, their employees and applicants. It began
on January 1, 1991 with a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Since February 1995, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has
funded the program. Since 1991, the LEAD Program has trained over
The curriculum is designed for licensees, managers, and employees.
There is no separate management curriculum. Program length is 3-1/2
hours, except for Fairs/Special Events Training, which is 2 hours."
Lead: Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
LICENSE APPLICANT TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR APR ? JUN 2005
>> TIPS Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol:
"A server is anyone who attends any of our eight TIPS programs and
learns how to prevent the misuse of alcohol. Servers attend TIPS
sessions, conducted by TIPS trainers, and are certified for a period
of three years."
Click on "Upcoming Server/Student Training"
Click on "Trainer Referral Database"
Choose "CA" Search
Additional Links of Interest
Miss Charming's Bar Resume
"This page is to help assist you in making a Bartender's Resume".
MADD: California Laws
Bartending Laws for the state of California
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please post a
clarification request *before* closing/rating my answer and I'll be
happy to reply.
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Clarification of Answer by
30 May 2005 14:14 PDT
Hi again, lucemcapio,
It's always easier to find evidence of something that exists rather
than something that doesn't, isn't it? There isn't a CA statewide food
handling permit for bartenders (if there were, it wouldn't be that
hard to find), but again, check to find out local requirements. For
How do I get a San Bernardino County food handler's card?
"The San Bernardino County Code requires food workers employed in San
Bernardino county to possess a valid, unexpired Food Worker
Certification Card. County Code defines food workers as waiters,
waitresses, bartenders, buspersons, cooks, dishwashers, hosts,
hostesses managers, meat cutters, deli persons, etc.
This card must be issued by a County approved training institution.
All food workers must obtain certification within fourteen (14) days
of employment. Classes are available in English and Spanish."
All wait staff from BartenderGirl? are certified food workers, from
the county of San Bernardino Environmental Health Services.
General Alcohol Regulation in California: Laws Regulating Server Training
(p.s. would love to hear if/when you get the job!)