the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative (“Audrey”)

Bartender Training

About the Training

The Yale College Dean’s Office currently offers free bartender training to all undergraduates.  The first part of this training consists of a nationally standardized TIPS certification, which focuses on alcohol safety and qualifies students to bartend for establishments nationwide.  The second part of the training is a hands-on mixology course taught by an experienced bartender at GPSCY.  The two parts run about 4 and 1.5 hours respectively, and must be taken in order.  

Why take it?

Bartending can be a fun and lucrative part time or summer job, and this course will give you a better chance of getting employed.  Some establishments require all their bartenders to have TIPS certification for insurance reasons, but even for those that don’t, the certification and the basic mixology knowledge will definitely be a plus.

Even if you don’t plan to work as a bartender, the training is really useful for hosting parties during the semester, whether as an organization or as an individual.  You’ll learn how to mix basic drinks and serve alcohol properly.  And more importantly, you’ll learn more about liability and safety precautions, laws surrounding the serving of alcohol, and how to intervene in problematic situations in a casual way that won’t disrupt your party.

Why do we offer it?

The primary goal of this training is to create a safer alcohol environment on Yale’s campus.  The TIPS course focuses on how to serve alcohol safely, including how to discern who should not be served because of either intoxication or age.  Also, if students mix good drinks with the proper proportion of alcohol at their parties, they’re less likely to end up overdrinking than if they’re pouring bad liquor into solo cups.  Even an awareness of how things are properly done will make students more conscious of unsafe or unappealing drinking environments they encounter. 

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit for the course, but you must be 18 or older to serve alcohol in Connecticut.  Since it is illegal to serve alcohol to individuals under 21 years old, the mixology courses are separated into under-21 and 21-and-over sessions; at the latter, students can taste the drinks they make.

Sign Up

There are currently two TIPS training courses open for registration - you can sign up at these links:

Friday 1:30-5:00 (February 21)

Saturday 11:30-3:15 (February 22).  

If those times don’t work for you and you aren’t already on the email notification list, you can also sign up here to receive email notification when new training times open up for registration (once every week or two).