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Bartending has always been a profession that is sustainable in any economy. It is a learned skill that can be transferred from bar to restaurant to private and special events, and even entrepreneurship. As a bartender you can serve intimate groups of ten to crowds of hundreds or thousands. As a bartender, you have the chance to pick where, when and how you will work.




    Authentic Bartending School of Maryland offers a complete course in modern professional bartending -- producing graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in any professional bar, anywhere in the world. Uniquely, each student learns from working behind our fully-equipped realistic modern bar, complete with speedrail, ice bins, and realistic backbar. To successfully obtain certification as a bartender, each student must be able to pass written tests, free pouring accuracy tests and a speed & accuracy drink-making test in order to graduate.

    When you enroll as a student for our bartending certification class, you are provided the following:
    - A Student Manual
    - A Student Study Guide
    - Login access to our student portal

    Upon Completion of the Course
    - Nationally recognized bartending certificate (upon passing exam)
    - Lifetime Refresher Courses
    - Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
    - Support from any Authentic Bartending school in our network
  • FAQS

    How old do I need to be to attend bartending school?
    Students must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the bartending certification class at the Authentic Bartending School of Maryland.

    Do I need previous bartending experience to attend the bartending certification class?
    No bartending experience needed. Our classes are open to students at every level --- from the novice to the experienced bartender who desires to get certification.

    I have a regular job. How can learning to bartend benefit me?
    “I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.” ~ Al McGuire
    Bartending is more than slinging drinks and making quick cash (not that there is anything wrong with that). You will get to know people and have a direct networking pathway to expand your circle that could lead to all types of opportunities .

    How much does it cost?
    When you enroll in our bartending certification classes online, you are given information about our current tuition costs and payment plan options. CLICK HERE to go directly to our enrollment page. You may also submit an inquiry via our Contact Us page and an Admissions Rep will contact you to discuss our tuition rates and payment options. You can always call us at 1-866-411-2649 as well.

    How do I find bartending jobs with no experience?
    One of the benefits of attending Authentic Bartending School of Maryland (ABS) is that we offer Lifetime Job Placement Assistance. This means that you can attend ABS and work your regular full-time or part-time job elsewhere. the dashes in between? “When you want to find work during the holiday season, spring break, or need some quick cash – we are here to help you.”

    I don’t have time to sit in a classroom
    First, we don’t offer a traditional classroom. We offer a unique learning environment with a 30-foot, professionally equipped bar, hands-on training approach, and a dedicated team of experienced instructors. Our classes are interactive, engaging, and fun -- all while you are also learning to be an awesome bartender. cla.

    Really, I just want to learn to flip bottles like Tom Cruise
    We know…all the cool kids want to do it. Those bottle flipping moves are called Flair Bartending and yes we offer those classes - CLICK HERE to learn more.

    Do I really need bartending school to learn how to bartend?
    Think about it .... if you were an employer, would you want to hire someone who is trained to do the job, or someone who thinks that they may be able to do the job? Attending bartending school to become a professional bartender will ensure you know the essentials: of how to open and close a bar, make drinks, and satisfy your customers. You will have a certification that proves you have the training and possess the skills to bartend professionally.

    1. Money
    The best thing about being a bartender is knowing that you will leave work everyday with money in your pocket.

    2. Flexibility
    Whether you are looking to work around your college course schedule, or looking to supplement your income with a part-time job, there aren’t many jobs in the world that offer more flexibility than bartending.

    3. Security
    Bartenders are always high in demand in any economy so you'll never be out of a job.

    4. Networking
    As a bartender, you'll talk and befriend a lot of people, and from this, opportunities may arise that you never thought possible.

    You may be surprised that our program is much more affordable than most career training programs.

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Just like the profession of bartending , our bartending certification class schedule is designed to fit around your schedule. We offer classes during both traditional and non-traditional hours – weekdays, weekends and evenings. Starting dates are every Monday for the weekday and evening classes. Completion dates for the one (1) week course graduation is Friday; for the two (2) week course, graduation is on the second Friday, and for the weekend course, graduation will be on the fifth Sunday. All classes will have periodic five (5) minute breaks, and 9-hour classes held on the weekends will have a thirty (30) minute lunch break.

Class Options Time Days of the Week Total Hours
1 Week 9:00 am – 6:30 pm Monday - Friday(9 Clock hours per day x 5 days = 45 hrs)
2 Weeks (Morning) 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Monday - Friday (4.5 Clock hours per day x 10 days = 45 hrs)
2 Weeks (Afternoon)1:30 pm – 6:00 pmMonday - Friday(4.5 Clock hours per day x 10 days = 45 hrs)
2 Weeks (Evening) 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm Monday - Friday(4.5 Clock hours per day x 10 days = 45 hrs)
5 Weekends 9:00 am – 6:30 pm Sunday(9 Clock hours per day x 5 days = 45)


Our bartending certification course is state certified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and goes beyond the basics of bartending. At Authentic Bartending School of Maryland, our bartending classes include everything the new and experienced bartender would need and want to know including the following:

  • Mixology
  • Beverage Control
  • Bar Management
  • Inventory
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Bar Procedures – Opening
  • Cash Register Training
  • Applicable State Laws
  • Lectures on Liquor,
    Beer and Wine
  • Customer Service
  • Learn how to make
    250 drinks - more than
    any other area school
    will teach you!
********** Authentic Bartending School of MD has moved to a new location: 5128 Baltimore Avenue | Hyattsville, MD 20781. **********