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About the Course

California AB 1221 Responsible Beverage Service training compliance becomes mandatory on July 1, 2022. If you are a server or alcohol manager* you are now required to get the new RBS certification by the August 31, 2022 deadline.

Our RBS course has been approved and meets the AB 1221 training requirements.

Our online California RBS AB 1221 training course is designed to promote the legal and responsible sale and service of alcoholic beverages in California.

RBS training will be required beginning July 1, 2022 for servers and alcohol managers. The definition per the ABC is a server is anyone that checks ID, takes alcoholic beverage orders, pours alcohol or delivers alcohol to customers. *An Alcohol Manager is any person that trains, directly hires, or oversees alcohol servers at an ABC licensed premise. Training includes how to perform the service of alcohol, when to check IDs and when to refuse service.

Our online course focuses on the skills and techniques used to recognize the signs of intoxication and how to intervene to keep your patrons and establishment safe. The training also covers underage drinking, ID checking, and much more, please see the course outline below for the content covered in this course.

Food Handler & RBS Alcohol Server Combo Available - $21.95 with Code: COMBO

Course Features

Our online training course is a 1.5 hour interactive course with full audio narration and engaging real-world scenarios for the best user experience and information retention. Our training course works on all computer devices including: smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. If needed, you can conveniently switch back and forth between your phone (or tablet) and your computer, while taking the course, and you will always be returned to your most recent progress. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer or mobile device and train anytime, anywhere.

You can log in and out of your training account and your place in the course will be saved.

At the conclusion of the course and the 30 multiple choice question practice exam, you will be able to print your exam instructions.

Course Outline

Our online California Alcohol Seller/Server Training Course contains four units of instruction, a course review, a supplement covering alcohol sales and service laws specific to California, and an online practice exam. Below is a detailed outline of topics covered in the course.


Topics in this Lesson:

  • How This Course Works
  • Key Terms
  • California ABC

Unit One - Responsible Alcohol Sales

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Five Responsibilities as a Seller
  • T.R.A.C.E
  • Three Kinds of Duties: Legal, Company, and Professional
  • Unit Review
  • Knowledge Assessment

Unit Two - Minors and Age Verification

Topics in this Lesson:

  • California Regulations Regarding Minors
  • Is Your Customer of Age?
  • ID Validation
  • Checking an ID
  • Refusing an ID
  • Incident Log
  • Compliance Checks
  • Unit Review
  • Knowledge Assessment

Unit Three - The Physical Effects of Alcohol

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Alcohol Absorption
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration
  • Absorption Triggers
  • Common Diseases and Disorders
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Alcohol Consumption Myths
  • Acute Alcohol Poisoning
  • Drink Tampering
  • Unit Review
  • Knowledge Assessment

Unit Four - Intoxication

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Recognizing Intoxication
  • Observing Your Customers
  • Indicators of Intoxication
  • Tolerance
  • Go, Slow, No Technique
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Designated Driver Programs
  • Handling Aggressive Customers
  • Unit Review
  • Knowledge Assessment

Unit Five - California Alcohol Laws and Regulations

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Impact of Alcohol Sales
  • Costs to the Community
  • Selling to Minors
  • Selling to Intoxicated Persons
  • Three Kinds of Drugs
  • Refusing a Sale
  • Cannabis
  • Disorderly or Disruptive Premises
  • Retail Operating Standards
  • Violation Penalties
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Unit Review
  • Knowledge Assessment

Practice Exam

  • 30 multiple-choice questions

Certificate of Completion

At the conclusion of the training course, you will be given a pre-test and then you should login to your ABC server account to take the final exam with the state. You have 30 days from the training completion date to take your exam.

You will complete the exam in your state Alcohol Server account at the RBS Training Program state website. They will issue you your certification. There is no printable certificate. The ABC is using digital certificates. The digital certificate is located on the dashboard in the Server Account for the ABC RBS portal website under Server Certificate Details.

Employers will be able to check and confirm certification via the Licensee Login on the RBS Portal. If you have questions regarding the exam or certification, you will need to contact the state directly at rbstp@abc.ca.gov

Once you pass the exam from the state, the certificate they issue will be be good for 3 years. You will need to take the training and pass the exam every 3 years to keep your certification.

RBS Training Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2022 the state law AB 1221 will make RBS training mandatory at the state level. This course meets these requirements.

Prior to taking this course, You Must Register as an Alcohol Server with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. You can Click Here to Register.

After you register and complete your application, you will be given an RBS Server ID Number. When asked, you will need to enter this number at the beginning of the course to continue.

After you have concluded the training portion of the course with RBSpermit.com we have 24 hours to report your training to the ABC. We currently have real-time uploads that should transfer your training sooner than the 24 hours. You can login to your Server Account to see if the exam link is there. You will then need to pass an online ABC administered RBS exam within 60 calendar days from the first date of employment.

Note: Per the California ABC, you will only have 30 days from your course completion date to take the exam or you will need to order a new course and take the training again.

RBS Approved Program Provider

RBSPermit.com is approved by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. You can confirm our course approval when you go to Register as an Alcohol Server with the state.

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