Alcohol responsibility training for employees of restaurants, grocery stores and other licensed establishments just got a whole lot easier.
This week the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) launched an online version of its free alcohol responsibility training courses—Responsible Sellers and Servers Virginia’s Program (RSVP) and Managers’ Alcohol Responsibility Training (MART)—making these programs much more accessible to the more than 17,000 ABC-licensed businesses across the commonwealth.
“Business is booming in Virginia, and the continued growth in Virginia’s craft beverage and food industry reminds us of how important these trainings are,” said ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “Alcohol responsibility is essential to public safety and in turn the success of Virginia’s businesses and its economy. I am proud Virginia ABC is leading the way by taking these courses online, making them widely available to Virginians who sell or serve alcohol.”
Last year, Virginia ABC offered 137 complimentary RSVP and MART classes, training nearly 2,250 participants. Virginia’s businesses now have the convenience of taking those alcohol responsibility training courses online in addition to the traditional in-person training with an ABC special agent. To register for the free online courses or to sign up for in-person training, visit: https://www.abc.virginia.gov/licenses/training.
“Ultimately, the more sellers and servers participate in this training and learn about responsible alcohol practices, the better we can fulfill Virginia’s public safety mission,” said Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “I applaud Virginia ABC for developing these online training opportunities that can now reach a far greater number of workers in the food and alcoholic beverage industry.”
The online training modules help employees in licensed establishments better understand Virginia’s alcohol laws, rules and regulations. Specifically geared for bartenders, hosts, servers and sellers of alcohol, as well as business managers and owners, the courses cover a wide range of topics, from preventing alcohol sales to minors and identifying false IDs to denying sales to intoxicated patrons. While developing the online modules, Virginia ABC staff diversified the training by adding sections on intervening as an active bystander and ways to be a good corporate neighbor.
In just the first week of the project launch, Virginia ABC saw robust traffic for the online training. “As technology grows and the demand for virtual access becomes normal practice, Virginia ABC will continue to develop online trainings and e-commerce capabilities through its newly redesigned website,” said ABC Commissioner Judy Napier.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 364 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.