California ABC Approved RBS Training

California RBS Certification
California Bartending License


As of 2022, our ABC RBS training California course has been approved by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control in both English and Spanish. If you are asking how to get a California bartending license online, we are the answer as the top preferred ABC-accredited California RBS training provider. Since 2012, we have been a state-approved Responsible Beverage Service training provider teaching California alcohol laws. We have over 35 years of experience with alcohol training certification of hundreds of thousands of people. If you need help with your California bartender certification, our USA-based support staff will respond and resolve your issue within minutes.

For answers to frequently asked questions about California RBS Training, read our California RBS Training FAQ page.

How To Get RBS Certification 

Register to get your RBS Server ID in the state's RBS portal (includes managers of alcohol servers).
Take our California RBS Training course online in English or Spanish.
Take the final exam in your RBS account after completing the course


All can be done within 2 hours or less. We easily guide you on how to become a bartender in California with our self-paced course. Start now and easily get your RBS certification today.

  • Online interactive and self-paced training
  • 100% Pass Guarantee or your money back
  • 24/7 USA-based speedy customer support

Click the link below for step-by-step instructions to get your RBS certification.

California Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Server Instructions

What Is My RBS Server ID

You MUST have a California RBS Server ID number from the state to serve alcoholic beverages. Register yourself in the state's ABC RBS portal to get your 9-digit RBS Server ID before starting the RBS alcohol course: Your Server ID number and status are located in the “Server Certificate Details” box in your RBS Server dashboard. As of September 2022, you cannot serve alcoholic beverages in the state of California without it.

You will need to enter your Server ID number before taking a state-approved training course. After you complete our training, we automatically submit your course completion to your California RBS portal account. That grants you access to take the final exam to be California ABC RBS certified.

Who Should Take Our ABC-Accredited RBS Training

    • Bartenders
    • Servers & Wait Staff
    • Barbacks
    • Door Security Guard
    • Restaurant & Bar Supervisors
    • Restaurant & Bar Managers
    • Restaurant & Bar Owners
    • Nightclub Bartenders / Servers / Managers
    • Any Person Who Serves Alcoholic Beverages

Staff members that serve or handle food should be California Food Handler certified as well.

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What Is RBS Certification

RBS stands for Responsible Beverage Service. Many states have adopted their own responsible training certification programs. As of 2022, the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control requires anyone who serves alcoholic beverages to be ABC RBS certified. Previously, the state had not required alcohol certification to know California alcohol laws. But, that has officially changed.

How Long Does It Take To Get RBS Certification

Our online RBS alcohol certification online course is self-paced. For most people, the course along with the ABC RBS exam takes approximately one to two hours to complete.

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Do You Need A License To Be A Bartender In California

Yes. As of September 1st, 2022, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control law requires establishments cannot employ or continue to employ any alcohol server within the state without valid and state-approved California RBS training certification. Bartenders, servers, waiters, and managers who are newly employed are required to complete an approved RBS alcohol certification within 60 days of hire.
Click the link below for step-by-step instructions to get your RBS certification.

California Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Server Instructions

Over 99% Of Our Students Pass The ABC RBS Exam On The First Time

Our online Responsible Beverage Service Training course is self-paced so you can take it as fast or slow as you need. For most people, our training course, to get all of the ABC RBS exam answers correct, takes approximately one to two hours. You can use any computer, tablet, iPhone, or Android device.  After you complete our course, you must return to your ABC RBS portal on the state's website. Your completed course will allow you to easily get all the ABC RBS exam answers correct and be immediately certified today. You must pass a 25-question final exam with a 70% or better score to receive your ABC RBS 3-year certification. For those who are asking how to become a bartender in California, our online RBS alcohol server certification course is the answer. Get officially certified for your California bartending license today.

Our California ABC RBS Certification program is approved by California state law AB-1221 and Business and Professions Code sections 25680 to 25686.

What Happens If I Fail The California RBS Exam

After you complete the course, you will need to take your final exam in your ABC RBS portal account on the state website. You have 3 chances to pass the exam. If you happen to fail all 3 attempts, as stated in RBS state requirements, you will be required to retake the training course and pay an additional $3.00 application fee in your RBS portal. But, you do not need to pay twice for our course. We prefer that no one overpays to be responsible alcohol certified. If you need help, we strive to respond and resolve your trouble within a few minutes with our USA-based support team.

Is California Bartending License Required

Yes. As of July 1st, 2022, the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control does require anyone who serves alcoholic beverages as a California bartender, server, waiter, or manager to take an RBS certification California course with an ABC-accredited alcohol training provider like Serving Alcohol.

Does A Bouncer Need To Be RBS Certified 

Yes, security personnel need to be RBS certified. “Serving alcoholic beverages for consumption” applies to any server at a licensed premises and security guards checking IDs at the door of a licensed premises. Security guards that do not check IDs do not have to be RBS certified. This will require careful structuring of personnel by security services and by large venue employers.

CA RBS Alcohol Server Training - CA ABC Accepted Training

Our CA RBS training course strictly follows the guidelines provided by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on how to become a bartender in California. This certification course is often referred to as CA responsible beverage server training, California bartending license, RBS server permit, or California alcohol certification. This course is needed and required for all servers, bartenders, and managers within the state who serve alcoholic beverages. It is also required of the security staff or bouncers who check the IDs of those patrons of alcohol-serving establishments. Our alcohol server certification incorporates decades of research. It answers questions such as how old do you have to be to serve alcohol in California. Our CA bartending license course gives you the rules, regulations, and liquor license California laws set by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

For more answers to frequently asked questions concerning the new California RBS Training, read our California RBS Training FAQ page.

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California Proprietary Security
State Approved Training for Insurance Compliance

The state mandates that all in-house security guards or bouncers, known as Proprietary Private Security Officers (PSO) under the law, complete 16-hours of job-specific training as part of their licensing process. This California security requirement can be satisfied online through our interactive course. BSIS Approved 16-Hour Online PSO Training. Nightlife Security Consultants California PSO state certified training with Robert Smith

Approved California RBS Training Program
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What Is The Definition Of An Alcohol Server

ABC RBS On-Premises License

ABC license that grants the privilege to serve alcoholic drinks to patrons who then consume them within the licensed premises.

Alcohol Server

Anyone who:

      1. checks customer IDs for the purpose of alcoholic beverage service or entry to an ABC on-premises licensed establishment,
      2. takes customer alcoholic beverage orders,
      3. pours alcoholic beverages for customers, or
      4. delivers alcoholic beverages to customers.


Anyone who directly hires alcohol servers, oversees alcohol servers at an ABC licensed premises, or trains alcohol servers how to perform the service of alcohol for consumption for an ABC on-premises licensee.

Advantages To Our RBS Alcohol Certification Course:

    • Easily complete the course at your own pace
    • Login and out of course as many times as needed to complete
    • Up to 6 months to complete your course
    • Our course will help with getting all ABC RBS exam answers correct the first time.

After the course is completed, you MUST take the RBS exam within 30 days on the state's website: