Bartenders & Servers

Illinois BASSET Certificate

Only $13.95
List Price: $19.95
Alcohol Retail Seller

Illinois BASSET Certificate
Alcohol Retail

Only $13.95
List Price: $19.95

This Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) is approved and required by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).

Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) - State Required

Our professionally crafted course is approved and required by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). The course is known as the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training or BASSET. It's also known as the BASSET Program. Our training fully complies and is recommended by the State of Illinois for Part 3500.

Insurance Carriers

Our courses are recommended and endorsed by liability insurance carriers. Most liability insurance carriers for alcohol-serving establishments (restaurants, bars, taverns, and nightclubs) require all employees to hold an alcohol certification. Therefore, they will need your staff will remain current with state rules, regulations, and laws, in regards to the service of alcohol. As a result, more businesses are requiring our server certification as a condition of employment.

Quick and Easy

Our Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) is simple to enroll in and easy to take. Begin it in one sitting or leave and come back to the course as many times as needed. Select your course, click Enroll Now, complete the course, and print your certificate!

Use Any Device

Our Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) is responsive! Take it on a computer, laptop, tablet, or cellphone; on the go or while you sit at home. Now training can be done on your terms.

Get Certified Today

Need to be compliant in a hurry? Your Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) certificate is available to you immediately upon completion as an emailed PDF file. Complete it tonight and email to your manager before going to work tomorrow.

Completion Guaranteed

We give you multiple chances to take the course. Busy? Multi-tasking? No worries! Come back until you get it completed, guaranteed.

Professional Experience

Serving Alcohol, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in teaching alcohol awareness, intervention techniques, server duties, carding procedures, and state laws. Our course will teach you:

  • How to protect yourself and establishment from liability
  • How alcohol affects your customers
  • How to recognize the effects of alcohol on your customers
  • How to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated
  • How to intervene when you need to refuse a sale
  • How to avoid and deal with disturbances
  • How to accurately check IDs and recognize minors with fake IDs
  • How to prevent second-party transactions
  • How to react with authorities when a problem arises

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  • On-Premise refers to those who sell AND serve alcohol, such as a bartender or waiter in a restaurant, bar, tavern, or nightclub.
  • Off-Premise refers to those who only sell alcohol and don't serve as in a liquor store, convenience store, or gas station.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). The ILCC's focuses on:

Compliance, Licenses, Inspections, Violations, Hearings, Taxes, Mail and Web Orders, Education, Responsible Sales, and Underage Sales


The Illinois Liquor Control Commission

Telephone: (217) 782-2136


In Illinois, you must follow the provisions of the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 and its Rules and Regulations. For a full list of the rules and regulations, please see the BASSET Rules and Regulations page.

Acceptable IDs include one of the following: 

  • A valid current driver's license or photo ID card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office or any other State
  • A valid Armed Forces ID; 
  • A valid U.S. passport or foreign passport (with U.S. travel visa) containing the holder's photograph.

Answer provided by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC)

A seller/server be at least 18 years of age. Local ordinances also regulate server age. For example, Chicago requires sellers/servers to be 21. 

Answer provided by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC)

Yes, a felony conviction only prevents a person from obtaining a liquor license in the state of Illinois.

Blood alcohol content or BAC for a DUI is .08% or more while being in physical control of a vehicle. Illinois also recognizes the use of intoxicating compound, controlled substance, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as factors in determining DUI’s.

The Illinois Liquor Control Act is also known as the Dram Shop Act. Under this act, anyone who is injured by an intoxicated person has the right to sue not only the intoxicated person, but also the vendor or person who sold the alcohol and the owner of the premises (if the establishment sells liquor for a profit). The Dram Shop Act only allows for recovery of actual loss, not for the loss of support. Under Illinois' dram shop law, plaintiffs can recover after demonstrating that:

  • alcohol was sold to the patron by the defendant;
  • damages were sustained by the plaintiff;
  • the sale of alcohol was the proximate cause of the intoxication; and
  • intoxication was at least one cause of the plaintiff's damages. 

Read more about Dramshop and Special Host Liability here.

As of July 2015, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission has changed the "Happy Hour Law" to permit licensees to offer discounted drinks for up to 4 hours per day but not more than 15 hours per week.

Happy Hour FAQs can be found here.

As of July 1, 2018, every county within the state of Illinois will require all sellers, servers, and door persons to complete our official Illinois Basset certification course every three years.

The program requires:

  • A specific curriculum
  • A minimum of three hours of classroom instruction for off-premises sellers and four hours for on-premises sellers and servers
  • Technical requirements for the passing of information

Answer provided by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).

A Basset card/certification is good for three years from the issue date.

Answer provided by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC).

With over 30 plus years of experience in the hospitality industry as an alcohol certification consultant, instructor, manager, and coordinator, Robert Pomplun is a true expert. Our alcohol training and certification courses with Robert's guidance have benefited thousands of bartenders, servers, managers, owners, and security staff across the nation. Our courses will prepare you and your team with knowledge as the most critical component of responsible alcohol service.

Learn more About Us!

Our training, approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), allows us to provide Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program. Under license number #5A-0105593, we offer either on-premise or off-premise training. The license means we meet all curriculum and programmatic requirements.

Also, we have over 30 years of experience in alcohol certification training. Without question, we are the most reputable and experienced professionals in the business.In fact representatives from colleges throughout Illinois attended the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's (ILCC) 9th Annual College Town Summit, held on November 9, 2017, at Western Illinois University. Presentations focused on timely topics about alcohol-related issues on college campuses. Robert Pomplun from Serving Alcohol Inc. conducted a break out session concerning the alcohol server training for the state of Illinois Basset alcohol course. Topics included: Neurological effects of alcohol, binge drinking, sexual assault, prevention, and recovery on college campuses.

Either a smartphone, tablet or computer, internet connection, and time. That's it!

To re-print your BASSET card, please visit the BASSET Card Lookup.