In California there are no state regulations that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.
Regardless of state regulations, some employers may still require bartenders to complete a bartending training program or course such as:
- The Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) Program
- Serving Alcohol Program (Our recommendation)
The LEAD program is free, 4-hours long, and is available to take in-person or online. Here you will find information about the LEAD Program and how to register for LEAD training.
The other popular California bartending course is this Alcohol Seller Course from ServingAlcohol.com. While this isn’t required either, we feel it the course material is cleaner and relates more to the common bartender. It’s also available online and won’t take you 4 hours to complete. If you are a self-starter or want to have a leg-up on the competition, check out the Serving Alcohol course here.
**Updated: March 2020
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In California:
- 18 years old to be a server in a restaurant
- 21 years old to work at a bar
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License
- Good Communication Skills
- Proper non-slip bartending shoes.
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.