Bartending classes?

Thumbnail image for pint of beerNate emails:

I'm looking for some information on any local bartending programs. I know there is at least one thats been around for years in the Clifton Park area. I've heard mixed reviews on the class and even if it's - many people just recommend just starting at a local bar as a barback shadowing someone and working your way up. I was hoping you or the readers could shed some light on this topic.

Suggestions? Ideas? A little bit of insight? Please share.

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I've worked in quite a few bars in Albany. No one takes the bartending classes seriously. Try to get in working at a bar and work your way up. Purchase a Mr. Boston's guide and memorize everything so that you already know the drinks.

Schenectady County Community College has the course HOT120 Beverage Management, sometimes it's offered as continuing education, or it's offered in an evening class.

I took the class and was considered certified through the Training Intervention Program for Servers of Alcohol (TIPS) program, which comes in more handy when looking to work with a catering company than it does for an actual bar.

I took it because I wanted to learn more about how a bar ran, what classic beverages were considered, and to try some of those classic beverages.

It's come in handy when hosting parties or when suggesting beverages to friends. The course is probably way more than the shorter bartending class that you might find in the area, and there is still a learning curve from the class to an actual bar and they make students very aware of that during the class.

You will need a TIPS Certification!
• 5 hour class on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 10:30am
• Class will cover responsible service and handling of alcohol in related situations
• Instructor: Chef Vaccarella
• Cost: $40 (includes course materials, text and written exam)
Contact PACE at 255-5528 or for more information and to register!

More information on sccc courses for bar tender license

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