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Does Delaware law require Responsible Server Training?

Yes. Under Delaware Code Title 4, Chapter 12, state law requires anyone who serves, sells, or handles alcohol (and their supervisors) to complete approved alcohol server training within 30 days of employment.

Training must be taken through an approved alcohol server training provider and needs to cover:

  • Alcohol as a drug and its effects on the body and behavior
  • Effects of alcohol in combination with commonly used legal and illegal drugs
  • Recognizing problem drinkers and identification of community treatment programs and agencies
  • Delaware laws related to drinking and driving
  • Other relevant Delaware alcoholic beverage control laws and ABCC rules
  • Intervention techniques for problem customers who have had too much to drink (or are approaching that point)
  • Advertising, promotion, and marketing of alcoholic beverages for safe and responsible drinking patterns and standard operating procedures for dealing with customers

Please note, Learn2Serve alcohol server training is NOT approved in Delaware.

How long does Responsible Server Training last?

Responsible Server Training expires four years after the issue date, at which point you'll need to renew your training.

Why should I take Delaware alcohol server training?

First of all, the state-specific, state-approved course is required by law in Delaware. Employers take this seriously because the Delaware Division Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) will reprimand or levy an administrative fine against any licensed establishment that violates the requirement.

Alcohol server training also helps you keep customers safe from drunk driving in Delaware. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 427 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Delaware from 2003 to 2012. That's a higher rate than the national average, and as an alcohol seller/server, you'll be in a unique position to prevent drunk driving.

What jobs can I get with my Responsible Server Training?

There are many different establishments you can work at with your Responsible Server Training, such as:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Caterers and event spaces
  • Liquor stores
  • And more…

Training is required for jobs where you serve alcohol for on-premises consumption, sell alcohol for off-premises consumption, or supervise those that do.

And if you’re curious about how much money you can expect to make, here is some basic wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for bartenders and barbacks in Delaware.

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Bartender $12.17 $26,970
Bartender Helper (Barback) $9.32 $19,390

However, if you are in the top 90th percentile of bartenders, you can make much more money: $18.21 an hour.

Where can I get more information about alcohol training in Delaware?

You can find more information on alcohol sales in Delaware on DATE's website, including:

  • State statutes regarding alcohol
  • Alcohol Beverage Control rules
  • Office locations and contact information

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