Aug 4, 2021

ABC Launches New LEAD Training for Off-Sale Licensees and Employees

The training is designed to help businesses that sell alcohol for off-site consumption safely and responsibly

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has launched a new online Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training for off-sale licensees, managers, and employees to help increase safety in communities throughout California.

The new LEAD Online version of the award-winning LEAD training is now posted. The training is specifically designed for members of the alcoholic beverage industry who work in off-sale locations that sell alcohol to patrons for off-site consumption. The updated training tool was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

The LEAD program helps increase safety in communities by providing the alcoholic beverage industry with practical information on selling alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly and legally with an emphasis on preventing sales to minors, sales to obviously intoxicated persons, and disorderly activity at licensed establishments.

For 30 years, ABC has provided this training to the industry free of charge. The new online training tool is an attempt to help licensees and employees by increasing access and making it easier to get training.

Local jurisdictions may require licensees and employees to attend an ABC Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) class and receive a LEAD Certificate. If you are required to attend a LEAD class, you can register for online LEAD training. In-person LEAD classes are not currently available but will be offered at some point. ABC will notify the licensees through the department’s e-mail delivery service. You should also check with your employer or local governing body to inquire if there is a specific training provider you must use.

ABC has trained over 350,000 California alcoholic beverage industry members since LEAD was created in 1991 with an OTS grant. 

ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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