Bartending schools in the Chicago area offer a variety of training and classes. It is important when choosing a bartending school that you find one that will off an alcohol awareness class known as TIPS. This stands for Training for Intervention Procedures. TIPS is the global organizer in instruction and training for the accountable service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. Universally throughout the food service industry TIPS is a requirement.
TIPS trains servers, sellers, and consumers of alcohol how to prevent intoxication, drunk driving, and underage drinking. TIPS is respected by most employees that sell alcohol because it educates their employees with important information about alcohol and about the effects alcohol has on the people consuming it. A training class in TIPS will teach a bartending school student:
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Conformity with state and local regulations
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Safety from alcohol liability lawsuits
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Decreased penalties for alcohol violations
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Better bottom line through lower insurance premiums
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Enhanced customer service and approval
Ã?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½ Improved staff professionalismÃ?Â¯Ã?Â¿Ã?Â½
Bartenders that are already TIPS certified have a competitive edge over other potential bartenders applying for the same e job opening. By already having your TIPS training you save your employer and the company time and money. Some food service and beverage companies pay to have a certified TIPS instructor come in and teach this class. It costs them the price of the instructor as well as valuable employee time that their management spends organizing other employees to get them signed up to take the class.
A TIPS training class will usually last about six hours. At the end of the class students are given an exam covering the material they learned in the class. You must pass the test to receive your tips certification. Certification lasts three years until it needs to be renewed. Once you are tips certified you are certified throughout the continental United States.
If you are new to the bartending field, TIPS certification can make a great addition to your resume. You may not have a lot of previous experience beyond bartending school to put on your resume, so make sure you can at least put that you are TIPS certified on their! Make the most out of the money you invest in bartending school by making sure the school you choose can offer TIPS certification.
Here is a listing of some of the local bartending schools in the Chicago area. Not all will offer the same classes, instruction, and procedure, so make sure you take the time to compare their courses. If they do not offer TIPS training, don’t rule them out. Ask for any suggestions they may have on how you can be TIPS trained in your area. They may have some sources for getting you the certification you need.
AAA Bartend School is located at 6031 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60630. They can be reached at (773) 777-7828.
ABC Bartending Schools is located at 1699 Wall Street, Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056, about fifteen minutes outside of Chicago. They can be reached at (847) 228-0700.
Bartender AAA School is located at 3240 Harlem Avenue, Riverside, Illinois, 60546, about ten minutes outside of the Chicago city limits. They can be reached at (847) 228-0700.
American Professional Bartender Schools is located at 800 Burnham Avenue, Calumet City, Illinois, 60409. Calumet is about twenty minutes outside of the Chicago city limits. They can be reached at (708) 891-3300.