Kim Pouncey knows the law and understands how to make complicated material relevant to servers, retail clerks and managers. Choose TopShelf and get the most out of it for your staff.
Kim Pouncey at TopShelf is absolutely the best alcoholic beverage trainer in Tennessee.
Unlike other programs we have used, everything we need is there. That’s why they call it TopShelf.
I'm pleased to inform you that I have passed both the exams and I really appreciate you from the bottom of my heart for your help. I will refer your business to all my friends.
I appreciate your integrity across the board. You have made a very difficult time almost enjoyable.
I am not computer literate but using the TopShelf site is actually fun and easy!
The site is easy to use and it’s kind of exciting and fun! I love the website and the programs. The User Guide is right on point and very helpful.
I took your RWV course and loved it. I am going to make all of my employees take it now, even if their permit isn’t expired. I don't want my new employees knowing more than my older employees.
In most states, you must complete a program offered by a certified training vendor before you can teach state-mandated alcohol education classes. TopShelf has been a certified instructor-training vendor since 2004. We’ve worked hard to earn our reputation for excellent customer service, quality programs and classroom flexibility.
The public and corporate instructors certified by TopShelf are second to none. Collectively, they’ve taught alcohol education classes to more than 120,000 students.
What we offer:
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When you’re a certified TopShelf instructor, you can build your own business. Instructors are self-employed and are never required to sign a contract. We don’t tell you what to do or how to do it, but we’re available when you have a question or need advice. We can even help you with ideas for marketing your classes to the public.
TopShelf-certified instructors enjoy the ability to:
We’re proud to have one of the few instructor-certification programs approved by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). TopShelf has been certified to train instructors in Tennessee since 2004.
When you complete TopShelf instructor-certification training, you have access to our proprietary, state-approved student materials, books and exams. We are the only Tennessee instructor certification program that requires background checks for potential instructors.
Follow these easy steps to become a TopShelf-certified instructor in Tennessee::
TopShelf offers three types of instructor certification programs:
Used by restaurant, club, bar, hotel and lounge employees
For grocery store, convenience store, liquor store and retail employees
Get certified in both programs with our cost-effective combined training.
All Instructor Kits contain:
Student materials include:
If within 30 days of receiving your materials you feel the program is not right for you, simply return your Instructor Kit, with all materials intact. We’ll refund your money.
We promise to assist in mediating the most cost-effective solution possible if instructors, from TopShelf™ or any other RBS training company, do not follow through with their obligations to students.
No TopShelf™ program in your state? Ask us how you can make that happen and become your own TopShelf LLC.
Becoming certified to teach is a significant investment. Learn as much as you can before you choose the certification program that’s right for you.
Anyone serving liquor or wine by the drink is required to obtain a five-year Server Permit issued by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). One step to getting this permit is attending a five-hour TABC certified course taught by a TABC certified trainer.
There are approximately 8 companies approved by the TABC to certify instructors.
The cost depends upon the company but the initial cost to the TABC is $150.00 with a yearly renewal of $100.00. Each company has their own renewal fees ranging from $50.00 per year up to as much as the initial certification fee.
A DUI will not effect your ability to become an trainer unless you are convicted of a felony DUI. If you have any convictions or charges on your record we suggest you be prepared to submit a copy of your Court Disposition papers when you submit your trainer application.
Some TABC-certified trainers are employees of a training company, but most are self-employed. If you are an employee or contracted labor of either a training company or corporation:
The company that certifies you should not require a contract, especially a non-compete contract. You’re a customer, not an employee. If you’re not happy with the service or product, it should be your right to go to another company and continue your business. Most companies post public classes on their websites at no charge since they’re making money by selling you materials. If a company charges you for advertising, understand the costs and benefits so you know exactly what you’re paying for.