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Illinois BASSET Certificate

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Alcohol Retail Seller

Illinois BASSET Certificate

Only $12.99

Illinois BASSET Certificate Online

Get your Illinois BASSET certificate online instantly today. With over 30 years experience, we offer the most reputable Illinois BASSET Certification for alcohol server sellers. Created by professionals in the industry, our course is approved, endorsed, and required by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC). Completing this course will award you with a Illinois alcohol server/seller certificate and your official BASSET Card will be mailed to you FREE by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. The course is known as the Illinois BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training), Illinois BASSET Training Program, or Illinois bartender license.


Since 1985, we have alcohol certified tens of thousands of individuals and businesses over the last 34 years. This course is created by former bar and restaurant managers, bartenders, and servers. Our training incorporates decades or research directly from our staff because we have "been there" working in the alcohol serving environment. Respected by the ILCC, Robert Pomplun with Serving Alcohol was recently asked to hold a seminar at the 2019 Illinois Liquor Control Commission's Annual College Town Summit.


We recognize that you are busy and alcohol training maybe not on the forefront of your mind.  We aim to give you accurate knowledge and quickly bring you "up to speed" with the most recent laws. Some of our information may seem common knowledge. But, as you do, we take your profession very seriously. Your decisions, while serving alcohol, could make a dramatic difference in another person's life.  With a little of your time and our training,  we will help you become a safer alcohol seller or server and increase your tips. Select your course, click Enroll Now, complete the course and print your free certificate and wallet card all within a few hours.


ILCC Approved & Liability 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.

Use Any Computer Tablet or Smartphone

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

Get Easily Basset 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.

Robert Pomplun from Serving Alcohol is Guest Speaker at
Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) 11th Annual College Town Summit

Representatives from colleges throughout Illinois attended the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) 11th Annual College Town Summit, held on November 14th, 2019 at University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana. Presentations focused on timely topics pertaining to alcohol-related issues on college campuses.


Robert Pomplun from Serving Alcohol Inc. is one of the requested by ILCC speakers again this year.  As an industry expert, Robert Pomplun conducts a break out session concerning the alcohol server training for the state of Illinois Basset alcohol course.  Robert had spoken at the previous session in 2017 and was requested again by the ILCC to speak about the necessity of Illinois Basset certification and ramifications surrounding the service of alcohol on the community.


Topics included: Neurological effects of alcohol, binge drinking,
sexual assault, prevention and recovery on college campuses. 
For the second year in a row, the summit included a student
panel and expo. The ILCC would like to thank the staff at University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana


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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Illinois Basset
Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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

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

Yes, 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 (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) certification course every 3 years.

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)

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.

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.

The state doesn’t have a set bar closing time, but the latest most counties allow sales is 2 a.m.
In Chicago, bars with late night licenses can sell until 4 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and until 5 a.m. Saturday.

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

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)

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


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).

     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 the 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 the latest state of Illinois curriculum and program requirements and recommendations.

     We have over 30 years of experience with alcohol certification training. Without question, we are the most reputable and experienced professionals in the business. In fact, Robert Pomplun with Serving Alcohol was a key speaker at the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's (ILCC) 9th Annual College Town Summit, held on November 9, 2017, at Western Illinois University.  Robert held his presentation in front of representatives from colleges and police departments throughout Illinois who were invited to attend. Robert is scheduled as a key speaker again in for the Annual College Town Summit in November 2019.  Robert Pomplun from Serving Alcohol Inc. conducted a break out session concerning the alcohol server training for the state of Illinois Basset certification course. Topics included: Neurological effects of alcohol, binge drinking, sexual assault, prevention, and recovery on college campuses.

Computers or devices compatible to take this course:

  • Windows 7,8,or 10
  • Mac OSX or better
  • Android based tablet or phone (version 5.0 or better)
  • iPhone 6 or better
  • iPad 4 or better

Compatible web browsers:

  • Google Chrome ver. 50 or better
  • Mozilla Firefox ver. 45 or better
  • Safari 10 or better
  • Microsoft IE 11 or better
  • Microsoft Edge


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