- The ability to mix a wide range of shaken and stirred drinks
- Responsible bartending, including how to recognize intoxicated patrons and respond appropriately
- Complete product knowledge of supplies typically used behind the bar
- Preparation speed to serve a maximum number of customers in a short period of time without sacrificing quality of product or service
- Interpersonal skills to put your customer service offerings ahead of the pack
The North Orange County Community College District also offers vocational training in bartending through their Cypress College campus. The instructor of this program, Dan Salisbury, has been the Coordinator of Vocational Bartending since 1974 and has worked as a professional bartender for more than 37 years. This fast-paced training program takes just under two months to complete, with classes one night a week on the college campus. A certificate is issued upon completion of the course.
Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts also offers bartending training that consists of one to two weeks of classroom work and certification, followed by three to six weeks of on-the-job-training at the Timony School in Methuen. Certification in ServSafe Alcohol Awareness is included in the cost of the program and will be awarded after completion of the exam. The training program costs a little more than $300 and includes all class materials and certification.