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TIPS Certification

TIPS Certification

TIPS Certification by LocalBartending School is the highest preparation for the test available.  TIPS Certification should only offered by certified instructors and schools.


TIPS is an acronym that stands for  Training for Intervention Procedures…

TIPS is non-profit, non-governmental agency based in Virginia.   TIPS is a skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving.

TIPS has certified more than 5 million participants and trainers. TIPS training is conducted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in over 50 different countries


For bartenders looking to expand their career opportunities, becoming certified by TIPS is obligatory.   Throughout the country, thousands of bar and nightclub owners rely on the security and comfort of TIPS certified bartenders.  These owners trust the TIPS certification to test bartender knowledge and keep their clientele safe.

Another reason is that bar owners will often receive a discount on their insurance policy if all bartenders are TIPS certified.

  • Become a more attractive job candidate.
  • Avoid penalties and fines associated with illegal alcohol sales.
  • Create a safer work environment.
  • Provide legal protection.

Why Don’t All Bar Schools offer TIPS?

Not all bar schools were created equal.  TIPS restricts access to providers of the certificates.  The organization encourages certified teachers of their program.  In fact, to become a school that provides the certification, TIPS obliges instructors to attend training sessions.  TIPS maintains solid control over the issuance of the certification.

What Happens if I don’t Get TIPS Certified?

Some bars and night clubs may consider a non-TIPS certified candidate for a position.  While bartenders may still be able to get hired,  pursuing a career without TIPS certification will limit job opportunities.  These days, the job market is competitive.   It is imperative that future bartenders provide a resume of as many accolades as possible.   TIPS certified bartenders will set themselves one step ahead of the rest.