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Michigan Alcohol Seller-Server Training

Credit Hours: 3

Get trained on Michigan’s laws for serving and selling alcohol on-premises.


In Michigan during the hours your establishment sells alcohol, you must have a supervisory employee on-premises who has completed server training. Our seller-server training course is approved in Michigan and will satisfy these requirements. Within the course, you’ll learn valuable lessons that will help ensure you know how to keep customers safe and protect yourself and your employer from liability. For instance, the course covers: The definition of blood alcohol content (BAC) Techniques for refusing...

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How do I get my Michigan Alcohol Server Certification?

Taking an online alcohol seller course is the simplest way to complete required alcohol server training in Michigan. As soon as you complete the course and pass the final exam, you get a certificate of completion that you can print right away. Enroll in our Michigan alcohol server training course now!

What is an alcohol server training program in Michigan?

Alcohol server training programs are Michigan-approved training courses that cover Michigan laws and regulations for alcohol service, how to recognize minors and intoxicated persons, and the best practices for responsible and legal alcohol service.

Does Michigan law require alcohol server training?

Sort of. Under MCL 436.1906, Michigan requires on-premises licensees and their supervisory personnel to complete alcohol server training from an approved provider, such as Learn2Serve by 360training.

The law says that licensees must have supervisors (at minimum) on each shift who have completed this training, during all hours that alcohol is being served.

Some employers will require server-level staff to complete training as well—both to reduce liability and guarantee the regulatory requirements are always met.

Why should I take Michigan alcohol server training?

First of all, if you want to be a supervisor at an establishment licensed to serve alcohol, you're required to take Michigan-specific alcohol server training.

But even if you're not required by law, you should complete alcohol server training because it will teach you how to avoid breaking the law while you do your job.  That reduces liability for both you and your employer.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) imposes harsh penalties for serving alcoholic beverages to minors under the age of 21. It's punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

The establishment can also lose its license for selling to minors or intoxicated persons, so the stakes are high for your employer to make sure you know the law. For that reason, many employers prefer to hire job candidates who are already certified in alcohol service.

Aside from legal liability, alcohol server training can help you keep customers and the general public safe from drunk driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a total of 2,912 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Michigan between 2003 to 2012. That's lower than the national average for the state's population size, but still far too many lives lost.

What jobs can I get with my alcohol server training?

In Michigan, completing alcohol server training makes you an attractive candidate to potential employers if you’re looking to get a job. That's because you'll already be familiar with state laws and best practices for serving alcohol.

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 Michigan.

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Bartender $11.57 $24,070
Bartender Helper (Barback) $10.73 $22,320

If you are in the top 90th percentile of bartenders, you can make much more money: $18.27 an hour.

But alcohol server training also qualifies you to work in a variety of other establishments like:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and event spaces
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Catering services
  • And more…

Basically, any business that needs someone to check ID cards before selling alcohol is a place you can work.

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

You can find more about alcohol sales on the MLCC’s website, including:

  • New licensee resources
  • Commission meeting schedule, news, and contact information
  • Liquor control code & rule book

If you are looking for more course-specific information from us check out our Michigan-specific alcohol server training.

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