Dec 14, 2022

Responsible Beverage Service Training is Now Available in Five Languages

ABC approves Vietnamese language training provider

Sacramento – The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has now approved a Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training course provided in Vietnamese. In addition to Vietnamese, RBS training is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. ABC has approved over 60 RBS training providers and continues to review other training provider applications.

“With the addition of Vietnamese to the list of available languages, RBS training can reach a greater proportion of California’s diverse population,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata.

ABC encourages any prospective RBS training providers to submit their applications to ABC on the RBS Portal. ABC reviews training provider applications to determine if they meet the mandatory training standards for certification to train servers to serve alcohol safely, responsibly, and meet the mandatory training requirements under Assembly Bill 1221, the Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act of 2017. See the full list of Approved Training Providers on the RBS Portal.

ABC offers RBS exams in eight languages including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Anyone that is employed at an ABC on-premises licensed establishment who is responsible for checking identifications, taking customer orders, and pouring or delivering alcoholic beverages must have a valid RBS certification from ABC. Servers and their managers must register in the RBS Portal, take RBS training from an approved training provider, and pass the ABC RBS exam within 60 days of their first date of employment. On-premises locations include, but are not limited to, bars, restaurants, tasting rooms, clubs, stadiums, movie theaters, hotels, and caterers. See the full list of on-premises licenses and other questions on ABC’s Frequently Asked Questions page about the RBS Training Program.

ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.


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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