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Bartending Certification

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Begin your career in bartending or become certified if you already work as a bartender with this important training. Work in restaurants; bars; catering establishments; hotels, motels and other traveler accommodation establishments; amusement, gambling and recreation establishments; and civic and social organizations.

Certification code: CE.BAR.TEND

Photo of male bartender behind bar.

What is the job outlook?
Overall employment of these workers is expected to increase by 10 percent through 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Bartenders earned an average annual salary of approximately $21,000 not including tips. Tips comprise a major portion of the earnings of people in the hospitality industry.

What is the training?
Training consists of a single noncredit course that meets four weeks and includes the fundamentals of mixing drinks, bar preparation, beverage recipes and customer service. Students who successfully pass the exam will earn the ServSafe Alcohol Advanced certification from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Total Hours: 21

What courses will I take?
HCT 342 - Bartending Certification

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion students earn an AACC continuing education certificate and a professional ServSafe Alcohol® certification from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at www.aacc.edu/coned/certificates.

What is the cost?
$209 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 21 years old.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, mail or touch-tone phone. Use certificate code CE.BAR.TEND. Visit www.aacc.edu/noncredit for details.

Related Training
Consult the college catalog for information about degrees and certificates from the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute or visit www.aacc.edu/hcat.

Questions?
For more information contact Rebecca Sileo at 410-777-2966 or rasileo@aacc.edu.