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Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) is a national alcohol awareness program approved by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.The purpose of the TIPS program is to teach servers of alcohol acceptable, and helpful, standards for responsible alcohol service. Participants learn about the effects of alcohol consumption and gain an understanding of the social and legal responsibilities associated with the service of alcohol. Through videotape presentation, interactive class discussion and skills training exercises, participants learn to recognize potential problems and intervene in a tactful manner to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. TIPS certification classes are hosted by the Authentic Bartending School of Maryland and are taught by licensed TIPS instructors.


The TIPS training course is designed to teach participants to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking among the people to whom they sell or serve alcohol. This program addresses concerns specific to restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs, banquets, private parties and other on-premise liquor license holders where alcohol is served by the drink.

The topics covered in the program include:
  • Legal Information - Presents the legal responsibilities for servers of alcohol, explains the types of illegal sales, and provides extensive information about checking IDs and documenting incidents.
  • Assess Your Guest: Legal - Allows the student/participant to apply the legal information to real-life scenarios through practical application exercises using short video scenes.
  • Alcohol Information - Describes how alcohol affects people, signs of intoxication to look for, and relevant information about alcohol that the server can use to serve more responsibly.
  • Assess Your Guest: Alcohol - Allows the student/participant to apply the alcohol information to real-life scenarios through practical application exercises using short video scenes.
  • Intervention Information - Gives the student/participant numerous guidelines for providing customer-friendly, responsible alcohol service. Frames the server’s role in a three-step, easy-to-follow model.
  • Decide and Implement - Allows the student/participant to apply the intervention information to real-life scenarios through practical application exercises using short video scenes.
  • Certification Exam - The student/participant earns a TIPS certification by successfully completing the certification exam.

At the end of each program, the trainer administers a multiple-choice exam which is sent to Health Communications, Inc. for grading and record-keeping. Students who pass the exam receive a certification card which is valid for three years.



The TIPS (Alcohol Awareness) Certification class is usually scheduled monthly.

Click on one of the dates below to enroll in an upcoming TIPS class:

June 21, 2014

July 19, 2014

August 16, 2014


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Authentic Bartending School can customize the training to suit the needs of your business and your staff of hospitality employees. We offer classes both in house or at your location. If you are interested in getting your employees trained & TIPS certified, please contact us at 1-866-411-2MIX to schedule a group training.


    • For bartenders and establishment owners, in third-party liquor liability lawsuits, TIPS certification provides a "reasonable efforts defense."
    • TIPS training satisfies requirements in states that have mandatory or voluntary server training laws, including the following: Maryland, Oregon, Utah, , Florida, Alaska, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Washington, Maine, Illinois, Arizona, and Tennessee. TIPS training provides a means of mitigating ABC violations, often resulting in lowered fines and a waiver of license suspensions.
    • Many insurance companies provide discounts to establishments whose employees are TIPS certified.
    • TIPS training satisfies the requirements for server training set forth by insurance companies with such requirements.
    • TIPS training results in additional professionalism and improved customer service.
    • TIPS is a practical and proven effective method of reducing drunk driving and underage drinking.
    • The TIPS certification process sharpens the server's skills and knowledge necessary for the service of alcohol.
    • TIPS is recognized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
    • TIPS-trained servers enhance an establishment's public image.
    • TIPS offers continuous service to its customers with a toll-free telephone number, quarterly newsletters, and industry-related resources.
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