August  2021

Program updates from the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) team including the release of the online training provider API and the Department’s search for foreign language RBS training providers.

General Program Update

We currently have 20 RBS training programs approved. There are 13 online courses, 5 in-person courses, and 2 in-house course approved. Approved courses are available on the RBS Portal Landing Page.

There are currently 4529 alcohol servers/managers of alcohol servers registered in our RBS Portal. 2211 are now certified, meaning they have completed RBS Training from one of our Department approved training providers and have passed the Department’s alcohol server certification exam with a 70% or better.

Online Training Provider API for Approved Training Providers is Now Available

The online training provider API is now available for approved RBS online training providers. It is accessible from the provider’s dashboard via the Developers Tool link. For more information on the online training provider API please do not hesitate to email us at

Hablamos Español y tu?

The RBSTP team is looking for foreign language training providers interested in creating and teaching an RBS training program. Our alcohol server certification exam is currently available in both English and Spanish languages. We want to offer RBS training courses in a language other than English in the near future. By July 1, 2022, we will need to have at least a Spanish language online and a Spanish language in-person RBS training course approved and available to the public.

If you or someone you know teaches a foreign language RBS Training program, please encourage them to apply via the RBS Portal.

As a Reminder

We are using digital certificates for alcohol servers who have completed training and passed the alcohol server certification. The Alcohol Server training certificate is recorded on the Alcohol Server’s Dashboard in the training history at the bottom of the page of the RBS Portal. Upon completion of training and the certification exam, the alcohol server will be issued a certification number, and that will serve as their training certificate and is valid for three years. The digital certificates are housed in the RBS Portal and will be available for review by the server’s employer as we get closer to the legal requirement for the mandatory statewide training.

Training providers have up to 24 hours to confirm Server Training in the RBS Portal. If it has been more than 24 hours since the server has completed training, we encourage the server to contact the training provider and follow-up with why their training has yet to be confirmed. When following up with the training provider, the server should have their server ID number (the server’s server ID number is located in the upper left of the server’s dashboard in the RBS portal in the table that reads Server Certificate Details), If emailing the customer service for the training provider, it is encouraged that is included in the CC.

Important Dates to Remember

  • July 1, 2022 – AB 1221 (Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act) goes into effect and RBS training for alcohol servers and the managers of alcohol servers for ABC On-Premises licensed establishments becomes mandatory.
    ABC On-Premises Licensees have sixty (60) days from July 1, 2022 to have their staff trained and certified by an approved RBS training provider. This includes the successful completion of an ABC administered RBS exam.
  • September 1, 2022 – Enforcement of AB 1221 begins.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email us at


For alcohol server registration assistance or general assistance with RBS contact:

Online Services
Phone: (916) 318-6435

Translation Services

For training provider assistance or questions about RBS requirements contact:

3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834