On-Premise ATAP Certification for New York Servers

The On-Premise Alcohol Training Awareness Program (ATAP) helps servers and bartenders learn the requirements and responsibilities associated with serving alcohol in the state of New York.

Our ATAP Certification course is approved by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA). It covers techniques and requirements for identifying and avoiding sale to minors or second party sellers, teaches servers to identify intoxication, illustrates how and when to refuse a sale and demonstrates how to handle confrontation with customers.

Who Should Take the On-Premise ATAP Course?

The On-Premise Alcohol Training Awareness Program is designed for employees in New York who sell, serve or dispense alcoholic beverages that customers can consume on site. This training may be required to serve alcohol at a bar or restaurant.

Employees who need On-Premise ATAP Certification can include:

  • Bartenders
  • Barbacks
  • Servers and wait staff
  • Restaurant supervisors
  • Restaurant managers
  • Restaurant owners
If you sell alcohol at a liquor store, convenience store or another type of business where customers don't drink alcohol on-site, you will likely need Off-Premise ATAP Certification.

Course Topics

The On-Premise Alcohol Training Awareness Program covers techniques, laws and case studies relevant to employees who sell and serve alcohol intended for on-premise consumption.

Course topics include:

  • Techniques to estimate blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • Methods to prevent alcohol service to intoxicated persons
  • Prevention of drink tampering
  • Intoxication intervention techniques
  • New York public intoxication laws
  • Identifying and avoiding sales to minors

Tips for Servers and Bartenders

Servers and bartenders are at risk if they are not properly trained in the laws and responsibilities of alcohol vendors in New York. Bartenders or servers can face jail time and harsh fines if they are convicted of providing alcohol to minors, known habitual alcoholics or visibly intoxicated patrons.

It is incredibly important for bartenders and servers to understand how to recognize intoxication, how to quickly calculate potential blood-alcohol content and how to responsibly and safely intervene or refuse sale. Proper training from an SLA-Approved ATAP course can help keep bartenders and servers safe while serving alcohol.

Most servers and bartenders will need to take an on-premise ATAP certification course, since the alcoholic beverages being served will be consumed on the premises of the restaurant or bar. If the facility is a brewpub or winery that also sells products directly to the consumer for consumption at home, the bartenders or servers might want to take both on-premise and off-premise training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course approved by the New York State Liquor Authority?

Yes, this online training program for on-premise alcohol servers satisfies training requirements from the New York State Liquor Authority. While New York does not require all employees who sell or serve alcohol to complete this training, certain local ordinances and individual employers do require NYSLA-approved training.

How long does On-Premise ATAP Certification take to complete?

This course includes about two hours of educational content on New York alcohol laws and best practices for bartenders and alcohol servers.

What are the testing requirements?

This course includes four learning modules, each ending with a brief quiz. Students must score at least 70% to pass each quiz. You can train at your own pace, and there are no module timers. There is no final exam.

When will I receive my On-Premise ATAP certificate?

You can download your Alcohol Training Awareness Program Certificate as soon as you complete the course.

How long will my On-Premise ATAP Certification remain valid?

Your ATAP certificate will be valid for three years. To maintain your certification, you must retake the course every three years.

Can I purchase On-Premise ATAP Certification in bulk?

Yes! Business owners can place a group order to secure training for their entire team. To get started, fill out the form on the Contact Us page.

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