Obtaining a bartending license in the state of Illinois can sometimes be a confusing process. Each local jurisdiction has the authority to decide what, if any training is required to serve alcohol.
Illinois BASSET Certification:
Local jurisdictions in Illinois that DO require a license in order to serve alcohol will require licensing based on the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET).
- click here to find out if your local jurisdiction requires a bartending license.
If your jurisdiction allows for online testing, then we recommend the tests provided by either ServingAlchohol or Learn2Serve. Their courses provide you with the necessary knowledge and techniques needed to be a responsible seller/server of alcohol at the lowest price available.
- Click here to learn more about on or off premise courses (Our recommendation)
- Click here to learn more about Learn2Serve’s online BASSET Certification + Food Handler Training Certificate Program
On-Premise VS. Off-Premise
It’s often asked what is the difference. Simply put, On-Premise refers to those who serve alcohol in an establishment such as a bartender or waiter. Off-Premise refers to those who sell alcohol but not serve it such as a liquor store or gas station.
If your local jurisdiction does require BASSET training in order to serve alcohol, you will be required to go to a training course at a certified location (online if applicable). Click here to find the BASSET training nearest you.
The BASSET program is a 4-hour course that consists of, but is not limited to:
- Spotting signs of intoxication and utilizing intervention techniques
- Preventing DUI’s and alcohol related fatalities
- Stopping underage sales and underage drinking
- Understanding state laws and your local ordinances
- Sheet 1 – Required selling/serving ages and list of wet/dry counties.
- Sheet 2 – Liquor sale hours per county
- ILCC Overview
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful
- Obtaining a state-approved Food Handlers Card
- Driver’s License
- Good Communication Skills
- Be able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes
Minimum Age Required To Serve/ Sell Alcohol In The State Of Illinois:
- 18* (unless regulated by local ordinances)
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.