Over the years, we have received several inquiries about the difference between (Training for Intervention Procedures) TIPS certification and Serving Alcohol Inc. Both are nationally recognized brands as state-accredited alcohol seller-server training and advanced training for managers and their staff. TIPS training is nationally recognized for its responsible alcohol certification programs. They offer over 6000 courses in various fields besides hospitality. They are a large conglomerate and funded by investment bankers.
Serving Alcohol, on the other hand, is employee-owned and operated. We focus solely on state-approved alcohol training as well as food handler courses. The state liquor control approves our courses for the states that require it. For the states that do not, we pay special attention to relaying each state’s specific alcohol service rules, regulations, and laws.
We have put together a checklist to make your selection process easier.
Serving Alcohol has trained thousands of individuals and businesses since 2007. We are the preferred brand among many large restaurants/bars, hotels, golf chains, and individually owned and operated businesses.
We are often asked, “How do I get to be a TIPS-certified bartender?” or “Do you offer TIPS certification?”. The answer is, “We do offer responsible alcohol certification for your state’s bartender certification.”
It’s important to note that TIPS certification and Serving Alcohol certification training are not “types” of training certifications. Instead, they are “brands” of responsible alcohol training recommended by employers and businesses. You are not locked into taking any particular training course provider.
Think of how some people will ask for a Kleenex instead of a tissue. Kleenex is a brand of tissue, not a type of tissue. You can choose which vendor to receive your state alcohol training from.