Obtaining a bartending license in the state of Illinois can be confusing. Each local jurisdiction has the authority to decide what, if any training is required to serve alcohol.
Each jurisdiction determines:
1.) The required curriculum
2.) Whether you can take the bartending training online or in-person
3.) Time frame for required completion
4.) How long a bartending license is valid before expiration
Click here to find out your local jurisdiction’s bartending license requirements.
This post was updated on March 31, 2020.
Illinois BASSET Certification:
Local jurisdictions in Illinois that DO require a bartending license will likely require training based on Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET). Click here to determine if your jurisdiction requires a BASSET certification.
Online Training Providers:
If your jurisdiction allows for online testing, we recommend the tests provided by either Serving Alcohol 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 Serving Alcohol‘s online BASSET Certification. (This course is our recommendation, and has the cheapest price)
- Click here to learn more about Learn2Serve’s online BASSET Certification + Food Handler Training Certificate Program
On-Premise VS. Off-Premise
What’s 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 may be required to go to a training course at a certified location. Click here to find your nearest BASSET training facility.
BASSET Certification Information
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
- Local liquor-related ordinances in Illinois
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
- Proper Non-Slip Bartending Shoes
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.