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The Iowa Responsible Beverage Server course teaches workers how to sell alcohol safely and legally. You'll learn about your responsibilities as a seller-server and effective ways to protect yourself and your employer from liability.

This 100% online training program includes audio narration, interactive quizzes and a 20-question final exam. The course has no timers, and you can train 24/7 at your own pace. When you pass the exam, you can instantly download your responsible beverage server certificate.

After completing the course, you will be prepared to:

  • Safely sell alcohol on or off premises
  • Understand your legal responsibilities as a seller-server
  • Discuss short- and long-term effects of alcohol use
  • Recognize the stages of intoxication
  • Estimate the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of patrons
  • Identify potential minors and intoxicated patrons

The course also explains some administrative and criminal penalties associated with unsafe serving practices.

Who Needs Alcohol Server Training?

The Iowa Alcohol Server course is designed for anyone who sells alcoholic beverages on or off premises, including bartenders, restaurant servers and cashiers at package stores, convenience stores and supermarkets.

This training is ideal for:

  • Bartenders
  • Waiters
  • Cashiers
  • Bar and restaurant managers
  • Assistant managers
  • Sommeliers and wine servers
  • Hospitality workers
  • Catering workers
  • Event organizers
  • Other workers in alcohol sales

While alcohol seller-server training is not mandatory in Iowa, this course teaches best practices for responsible alcohol service. Everyone who sells or pours alcohol should be properly trained to prevent alcohol-related incidents and avoid costly lawsuits.

Course Overview

The Iowa Responsible Beverage Server course covers a wide range of topics related to alcohol sales, including:

  • Dram shop laws and other responsible beverage service laws
  • Effects of alcohol consumption on the body
  • Risks of selling alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons

The course is divided into five online modules:

1. Introduction

The introductory module provides an overview of the course and how to navigate it. Topics include:

  • Course description
  • Facts about the course
  • Student performance objectives
  • Who should take the course
  • Course outline
  • Navigating the course

2. Responsible Alcohol Service

Learning objectives for this module include:

  • Define terms associated with the legal sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Discuss the legal responsibilities of seller-servers
  • Describe common aspects of underage drinking laws across the United States
  • Explain the legal consequences of impaired driving

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Alcoholic beverage service definitions
  • Dram shop laws
  • Underage drinking laws
  • Impaired driving laws
  • Violating alcohol service laws

3. Alcohol and the Human Body

Learning objectives for this module include:

  • Identify common alcoholic beverages and standard drink sizes
  • Estimate the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of patrons
  • Describe the long-term effects of alcohol abuse

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Types of alcoholic beverages
  • Blood alcohol concentration
  • What is a standard drink?
  • Calculating BAC
  • Binge drinking and alcohol poisoning
  • Alcohol's effects on the body
  • Alcohol's effects on the mind

4. Minors and Alcohol Sales

Learning objectives for this module include:

  • Identify potential minors by appearance and behavior
  • Recognize types of identification that are legally valid for age verification
  • Demonstrate the three-step process for checking identification
  • Describe intervention techniques for preventing alcohol sales to minors

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Characteristics of minors
  • Checking identification
  • When to check ID
  • Valid forms of ID
  • Three-step process for checking ID
  • Characteristics of forged IDs
  • Refusing alcohol service

5. Intoxicated Persons

Learning objectives for this module include:

  • Classify the stages and signs of intoxication
  • Determine when a patron is likely intoxicated by observing appearance and behavior
  • Discuss how combining drugs and alcohol affects a person's intoxication level
  • Describe practical intervention techniques for restricting alcohol service to intoxicated persons

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Stages of intoxication
  • Signs of intoxication
  • On-premises intoxication
  • Off-premises intoxication
  • Other factors related to intoxication
  • Drink tampering
  • Refusing alcohol service
  • Designated drivers

The course ends with a final exam that assesses the student's comprehension and understanding of all modules and course objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about our Iowa seller-server training course.

Is this course mandatory for alcohol seller-servers in Iowa?

No, Iowa law does not require people who sell or serve alcohol to complete this training. However, your employer or local jurisdiction may have its own training requirements. Please confirm the standards for required or accepted seller-server training with your employer.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The Iowa Seller-Server course takes about 2-3 hours to complete. There are no course timers, so you can work on the course anytime on your own schedule.

Does the course have a final exam?

Yes. The Iowa seller-server course features end-of-module quizzes and a final exam. The minimum passing score for the quizzes and final exam is 70%, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

How quickly can I get my certificate of completion?

You can instantly download your certificate after completing the course and final exam. It typically takes 2-3 hours to complete this training.

How long is my Iowa seller-server certificate valid?

Your certificate will remain valid for three years after the issue date.

What is the minimum age to sell alcohol in Iowa?

Workers must be at least 18 years old to bartend or serve alcohol on premises. Off-premises sellers must be at least 16 to sell beer or wine and at least 18 to sell spirits.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You have 180 days to complete the course after purchasing. If you do not pass within this timeframe, you will need to re-register for the course.

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