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About the Course

This responsible beverage seller/server course is required to obtain your Wisconsin Bartender/Operator's License. This training course is designed to promote the legal and responsible sale and service of alcoholic beverages in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Bartender License is required for anyone serving drinks in a bar or restaurant.  A Wisconsin Operator's License is required for anyone selling alcoholic beverages in a store (for example grocery store or liquor store).People who complete this training, are more successful in stopping underage drinking and in recognizing the signs of intoxication.

This responsible beverage course meets the requirements set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and fully complies with statutes 125.04 and 125.17.

Course Features

Our self-paced online training course is an interactive course with full audio narration and engaging real-world scenarios for the best user experience and information retention. Our training course works on all computer devices including: smart phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs. If needed, you can conveniently switch back and forth between your phone (or tablet) and your computer, while taking the course, and you will always be returned to your most recent progress. Once you create an account you can log in from any computer or mobile device and train anytime, anywhere.

You have 6 months from enrollment to complete this course. You can log in and out of your training account and your place in the course will be saved.

After successfully completing this responsible beverage course and the 44 multiple choice question final exam, you will be able to print your certificate of completion from your own printer. 

Course Outline

Our online Wisconsin Responsible Beverage Seller/Server Training Course  contains five units of instruction, Wisconsin alcohol laws, Wisconsin tobacco laws, and an online final exam. Below is a detailed course outline of topics covered in the course.

Unit 1

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Introduction
  • How this Course Works
  • Course Topics and Key Terms

Unit 2 - Seller/Server Responsibility

Topics in this Lesson:

  • 5 Responsibilities as a Seller/Server of Alcohol
  • Criminal Negligence and Dram Shop
  • Three Kinds of Duties
  • Unit 2 Review
  • Unit 2 Quiz

Unit 3 - IDs

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Is Your Customer of Age?
  • ID Validation
  • Checking an ID
  • False ID
  • ID Guides
  • Refusing an ID
  • Incident Log
  • Interacting with Law Enforcement
  • Compliance Checks
  • Unit 3 Review
  • Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 4 - Alcohol & the Body

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Alcohol Absorption
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration
  • Absorption Triggers
  • Common Diseases
  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Good Samaritan Law for Minors
  • Alcohol Consumption Myths
  • Acute Alcohol Poisoning
  • Drink Tampering
  • Mixing Energy Drinks with Alcohol
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Unit 4 Review
  • Unit 4 Quiz

Unit 5 - Intoxication

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Recognizing Intoxication
  • Observing Your Customers
  • Indicators of Intoxication
  • Tolerance
  • Go, Slow, No Technique
  • Managing Drinking Behavior
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Operating While Intoxicated Laws
  • Drugs and Driving
  • Designated Driver Programs
  • Handling Aggressive Customers
  • Unit 5 Review
  • Unit 5 Quiz

Wisconsin Alcohol Laws

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Operators License
  • Retail Liquor Dealers
  • License Types
  • Temporary License
  • Transfer of Alcohol Beverage Stock
  • Closing Hours
  • Required Onsite Supervision
  • Refilling Liquor Bottles
  • Corkage Fees
  • Non-Alcoholic Beer
  • Wisconsin State IDs
  • Publication 302
  • Selling & Serving Alcohol to Underage Persons
  • Possession of Alcohol by Underage Persons
  • Circumventing Alcohol Sales Laws

Wisconsin Tobacco Laws

Topics in this Lesson:

  • Tobacco Products
  • Tobacco and Minors
  • Fines & Suspensions
  • Tobacco Vending Machines
  • Tobacco Retailer Requirements
  • Display Requirements
  • Investigations
  • Wisconsin Tobacco Test

Final Exam

44 multiple-choice questions - you must score at least 80% to pass

Certificate of Completion

The certificate of completion for your Responsible Beverage Seller/Server Training will be available to print from your computer immediately after passing the final exam. We will also email the certificate to the address you provided during registration.

If you need to obtain another copy of your certificate of completion, you can log back into your training account and print additional copies as needed.

Bartender or Operator's License

To obtain your Bartender/Operator's License:

After you have successfully completed this Alcohol Seller/Server training course, you will take the printed certificate of completion to your local municipality (city, town, or village) where the clerk will register your certification and provide you with a Bartenders/Operator's License.

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To qualify for an bartender/operator's license, you will need to meet these requirements:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • meet the criminal record requirements
  • complete a responsible beverage course, like the Seller/Server License course we provide.

ServerLicense.com Program Approval

Our responsible seller/server training course has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and fully complies with statutes 25.04 and 125.17. Our online course meets all the necessary state requirements for you to receive your official Wisconsin Bartender's License. You can view our Alcohol Seller/Server Training program approval on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.