BASSET Certification stands for Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training Certification. It is the training program used in the state of Illinois to educate people who work in the alcoholic beverage service and sales industries. State law does not mandate the use of BASSET training for employees that work in these fields, but there is a statute that mandates that any training has to meet the BASSET requirements. These requirements are regulated by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. BASSET certification and training is only required at the local level. For example, if a business is BASSET certified and requires that of its employees, the training would need to be completed prior to hiring.
According to state law requirements, the areas that are taught with BASSET training are as follows: physical similarities of alcohol and drugs, prevention and intervention techniques, proper ID techniques, Police and Emergency sets recommendations, policies and expectations, Dram Shop laws and limitations, victims’ rights, and DUI Laws, Illinois statutes, and local ordinances. These classes can be obtained online or by a traditional classroom format and the fees will vary in either case. If certification is mandated by an employer, they may be willing to pay for the course in exchange for a contract or agreement of extended employment. However, in most situations, the cost of the training course will be at the expense of the trainee.
A BASSET certification, unlike many other state certifications, will be valid for three years from the date of the certification’s issue. There is a minimum three hours of instruction in the classroom for off-premises sellers and four hours for on-premises sellers. The course can be given at once, or divided into a set number of courses over a span of time. The certification card can be replaced if it is lost, but for a cost of $15, according to the state law.
Anyone who wants to work in the alcoholic beverage service or sale industry needs to complete proper training. Each locality will mandate what the specific requirements are, based on the state laws that have been set forth. Someone in Chicago, consequently, could wind up getting a better training program or different information than someone in Springfield would. Around the state, different localities are promoted to set their own rules and mandate their own program adherence, as state law does not control the enforcement of the training program in and of itself.