February 2021

Program updates from the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) team including preparing for the training provider application release, the trainingpProvider application process, project timeline, and FAQs.

Preparing for the Training Provider Application Release

The Responsible Beverage Service Training Program (RBSTP) team is currently in the process of implementing the release of the online training provider application, which will be available in February of 2021. In preparation for the launch of the training provider application, the RBSTP team has been developing and conducting user acceptance test scenarios and developing training materials and user guides to help the prospective training providers navigate their way through the online application process.

Training Provider Application Process

Prior to the release of the online training provider application, RBSTP will host a virtual stakeholder meeting on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom for prospective training providers to view the portal and receive a demonstration on how to apply. Interested participants can register for the meeting via EventBrite. A recorded copy of the meeting will be available later on the website. We anticipate that the training provider application will be released in mid-February and will be accessible via a portal link on the ABC RBSTP page.

Virtual Stakeholder Meeting

See the February 5th recorded ABC virtual stakeholder meeting with updates on the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program.

Virtual Stakeholder Meeting Q&As

Updated RBS Project Timeline

The RBSTP team is planning to host virtual stakeholder meetings for RBS training providers, licensees, alcohol servers, and law enforcement to discuss the RBS Training Program’s progress and the database’s features for the Spring of 2021. 

  • February 2021 – Begin accepting RBS Training Provider Application.
  • Spring 2021 – Design and development of the database to be completed. Public outreach campaign to begin and approved RBS Training becomes available.
  • Spring/Summer 2021 – ABC approved RBS Providers continue training throughout the state.
  • Summer 2022 – RBS Training is mandatory in the State of California.

Frequently Asked Questions

The RBSTP team has been hard at work, answering all of your questions and concerns regarding the implementation of AB 1221. We have received questions from “who must be trained” to “how to become a training provider.” To help ease any confusion during the transition, we have put together a list of the commonly asked questions and their answers on the RBS Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. If you have any additional questions about the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program that were not addressed on the FAQ page, please do not hesitate to email us at rbstp@abc.ca.gov.

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We would like to thank our stakeholders and the industry for their continued patience and cooperation as we implement this mandatory training requirement for alcohol servers and their managers.


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

Online Services
Phone: (916) 318-6435
Email: onlineservices@abc.ca.gov

Translation Services
Email: eeo@abc.ca.gov

For training provider assistance or questions about RBS requirements contact:

3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: rbstp@abc.ca.gov