Getting a bartending license in Idaho can be a confusing process. Each local jurisdiction has the authority to decide what, if any training is required to serve alcohol.
For example, the city of Boise requires all servers and sellers of alcohol to obtain bartending license via a state-approved training provider. While other cities in Idaho have no requirement whatsoever.
If your municipality in Idaho does require a bartending training, we provided a list of state-approved course providers below.
It is important to keep in mind that some employers, counties, and cities will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state laws.
This post was updated on March 31, 2020.
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Idaho:
Boise City Bartending License Requirements:
In the city of Boise, bartenders or any person that sells, or dispenses any alcoholic beverage MUST obtain the appropriate license or permit required by city ordinance.
Boise State-Approved Bartending License Training Programs
- TIPS – Training for Intervention Procedures program (BLH suggestion)
- ServSafe Alcohol
- Learn2Serve training for on premise servers and sellers of alcohol
Is TIPS required in Idaho?
No, as you can see above, there are multiple options to become a certified server of alcohol in Idaho.
Although TIPS is our recommended trainer, you are free to choose from any of the above providers.
The state of Idaho provides a free, online Alcohol Awareness Certification with videos here. But please note, this training may or may not qualify with an employer’s city ordinance as an approved certification.
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License or Passport
- Good Communication Skills
- Proper non-slip bartending shoes
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes