What Is a BASSET Card?
Alcohol sellers and servers in Illinois must complete ILCC-approved BASSET training to satisfy state or employer requirements for alcohol safety training. A BASSET card is issued upon completion of your training and certifies that you understand state alcohol laws and can serve responsibly.
BASSET stands for Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training, a state-approved training program regulated by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
According to the ILCC, the goals and objectives of the BASSET program are:
- Train and educate sellers and servers to engage in responsible alcohol service
- Spot signs of intoxication and utilize various intervention techniques
- Prevent DUIs and alcohol-related fatalities
- Stop underage sales and underage drinking
- Create safer communities and establishments where alcohol is served
- Educate owners, managers and staff on dram shop insurance, state laws and local ordinances regarding alcohol service
Earning your BASSET certification online is a simple way to demonstrate that you are a safe and responsible alcohol employee who can serve customers in accordance with state laws.
Who Needs an Illinois BASSET Card?
State law requires BASSET certification for all bartenders, servers and employees who check ID for on-premise alcohol service. In addition, employers and local governments often require BASSET certification for off-premise alcohol sellers, including employees of liquor stores, gas stations, grocery stores and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which BASSET certification course do I need?
The course you need will depend on the type of alcohol establishment you work at. If your business serves alcohol that customers can drink on-site and sells sealed alcohol that they can take to-go, you should take on- and off-premise BASSET training to get certified to sell any type of alcohol.
If you are a bartender, a server, or you check ID for on-premise alcohol consumption, the state requires you to complete on-premise BASSET training. If you work for a liquor store, grocery store or any other location that only sells to-go alcohol to be consumed off-site, you should take off-premise BASSET training.
Are these BASSET certification courses state approved?
Yes, our BASSET courses are approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and provide an official BASSET certification card. Our courses cover all state-required topics and meet minimum requirements for training length.
How long does BASSET certification take to complete?
To comply with Illinois training requirements, our on-premise BASSET certification training includes four hours of education. The off-premise BASSET certification course takes at least three hours to complete. Because you can take these courses entirely online, you can train at your own pace and take breaks anytime.
What do I get after completing BASSET certification training?
Immediately after you complete your training, you can download and print a temporary certificate of completion and training card. Your temporary certificate and card are valid for 30 days, and you can provide them to your employer as proof that you completed your training. Before your temporary card expires, the ILCC will mail you a permanent BASSET card.
How long does BASSET certification last?
Your official state-issued BASSET card will remain valid for three years. Before your certification expires, you must retake the BASSET training program to maintain your certification.
What do I need to know about the updated Illinois driver’s license?
Alcohol sellers and servers should be familiar with newly designed Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards. Starting in 2016, the state began issuing redesigned identification cards with more robust security features, including visible and invisible features that help prevent counterfeiting.
The new design complies with federal REAL ID requirements and makes it more difficult for criminals to print fake identification cards. To ensure all your customers provide legal ID, it’s important to learn about the new security features and updated card designs.