In Rhode Island, anyone who sells or serves alcoholic beverages MUST receive alcohol server training from a server training program approved by Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation.
According to R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-7-6.1:
All persons who sell or serve alcoholic beverages; anyone serving in a supervisory capacity over those who sell or serve alcoholic beverages; anyone whose job description entails the checking of identification for the purchase of alcoholic beverages; and valet parking staff shall receive alcohol server training regulations
Pretty much, without getting into all the technical details, anyone who works at a licensed liquor establishment – including servers, bartenders, waitstaff, valets, or security guards – need to take a course.
And not just any course, but a state-approved course. To save the headache of searching for such courses online, we provided all of Rhode Island’s state-approved Alcohol Training Programs below.
This post was updated on August 21, 2023.
Rhode Island State-approved Alcohol Training Programs (as of 2/10/2023):
- Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS)
- Server Training on Premise (STOP)
- ABC Server Training
- Responsible Alcohol Service: Contact Jerry Lapierre, (401) 578-8886; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alcohol Intervention Methods (AIM): Contact Dan Trent, (508) 756-8542 or Rochelle Campbell, (508) 877-0105
Bartending Age Rhode Island
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in Rhode Island, you must be at least 18 years of age to bartend.
Furthermore, according to R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-8-2:
No person under the age of eighteen (18) may act as a bartender for the purposes of mixing, preparing, serving, or selling from a bar used for the purpose of dispensing beverages in any licensed establishment operating under a Class B-C-D-F or F1-G-J or K license.
Additional Requirements Around Rhode Island Server Training Programs:
- All bartenders or those who sell or serve alcoholic beverages in Rhode Island must:
- complete certified training within sixty (60) days of employment
- attain a minimum score of seventy-five percent (75%)
- and, lastly, renew their licenses every three (3) years
For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office, or contact the Liquor Enforcement and Compliance Section via email at DBR.LiquorInquiry@dbr.ri.gov