Washington DC Alcohol Awareness Training

How do I get my Washington DC Alcohol Server Certification?

An online course is the easiest way to get alcohol awareness training in the District of Columbia. Just complete a short course, pass a multiple-choice exam, and you'll get a certificate of completion right away for your employer or your manager's license application. Enroll in our Washington DC responsible alcohol server course today!

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Does District of Columbia law require alcohol awareness training?

Yes. Under DC Official Code § 25-120, the District requires alcohol beverage control (ABC) managers to complete alcohol awareness training as part of their licensing process. 

They must use a training program approved by the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), like the course we provide at Learn2Serve by 360training.

At the server level, DC doesn't regulate or require training. But some employers will require or prefer to hire employees with approved training.

How long does alcohol awareness certification last?

Manager's alcohol awareness training expires two years after the issue date. After that, you’ll need to be recertified.

If you're a server and your employer wants you to complete training, you'll need to ask how often they want it repeated.  Generally speaking, refreshers are a good idea every 2-3 years.

Why should I take Washington DC alcohol server training?

If you're an ABC manager, you're required to take approved alcohol awareness training.

For everyone below the manager level, this training protects both you and your employer from legal liability by teaching you the law, as well as best practices to prevent you from violating it.

Some employers require alcohol awareness training of all alcohol server/seller staff. Even when they don’t, it can make you a more attractive job candidate. 

That's because employers face harsh penalties from ABRA if you serve alcohol to an intoxicated person or a minor under the age of 21. Licensees are fined no less than $2,000 for a first offense, with the potential for a 5-day license suspension. Licensees with repeat offenses face a fine of $30,000 or more before the Board revokes their license.

ABRA may also choose to defer some of the consequences of liquor code violations if all servers complete an alcohol training program within three months of the infraction.

In addition to improving your job prospects, knowing how to refuse service can keep your customers and the general public safe from drunk driving. Between 2003 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that a total of 124 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in the District of Columbia. That's a little lower than the average national fatality rate, but still far too high.

Check out our District of Columbia alcohol awareness course to learn about additional topics the training covers.

What jobs can I get with my alcohol server training?

Alcohol server training in Washington DC can prepare you for safe and legally compliant alcohol sales or service in a number of settings, including:

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Catering services
  • Event spaces
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Liquor stores
  • And more…

Bartenders are particularly well-paid in the District of Columbia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Bartender $20.96 $43,600
Bartender Helper (Barback) $16.70 $34,730

The top 90th percentile of bartenders in DC make much more money: $34.89 an hour.

Where can I get more information about alcohol training in the District of Columbia?

You can find more about alcohol sales and regulations on the ABRA’s website, including:

  • ABC laws and regulations
  • ABC licenses types and applications
  • ABC manager licenses

If you are looking for more course-specific information from us check out our DC-approved alcohol awareness training.

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