While completing Responsible Service of Alcohol training is an important (and mandatory) part of life as a bartender or member of the hospitality/food service industry, actually putting it into practice is even more crucial.
A high number of people suffer alcohol related injuries and illnesses every year and that is an indication that somewhere there are members of the hospitality industry that aren’t enforcing RSA rules as they should.
As a server of alcohol, you are responsible for the safety of your customers whether sober or intoxicated while they are inside your venue, and when they step outside it because if they consume excessive amounts of alcohol while in your venue, they are likely to get themselves into trouble when they step outside it. Patrons’ actions while they are intoxicated reflect badly on your venue and you personally.
State law mandates that all employees of licensed venues complete Responsible Service of Alcohol training and this is an important requirement for licensed venues because it teaches employees the dos and don’ts of alcohol service.
One of the rules of responsible service of alcohol is that it is an offence to sell liquor to a person who is noticeably intoxicated and the RSA course teaches workers how to enforce this rule. All bar staff, managers and licensees must be trained in responsible service of alcohol under state law.
Another important aspect of Responsible Service of Alcohol is ensuring underage customers aren’t served alcohol.
In order to enforce RSA rules, servers need to have an understanding that good times be balanced with good judgement.
Servers should keep in mind that the consequences of serving alcohol to unduly intoxicated customers can go beyond the thousands of dollars in fines for licensees and servers, it can also cause people to be injured and lives to be lost.
Ultimately servers of alcohol must identify that a person is over the legal drinking age by asking to see their identification. They also need to ensure they never serve alcohol to a person to the point of inebriation.
The online Responsible Service of Alcohol course, enables workers of licensed venues to understand what their obligations are in serving liquor in a safe and responsible manner.
Completing the training has never been easier. The nationally recognized accreditation can be attained by completing the online RSA course. Once successfully complete, the certificate can be printed and is valid in WA, NT, Qld and SA.
You simply register and complete the course in the comfort of your own home and before long you can start work in the hospitality industry.
We also offer the NSW RSA course through Distance learning.
Once you have completed Responsible Service of alcohol training, remember it is more than just a certificate to keep on record for legal compliance, it needs to be enforced every time you serve alcohol.