Classroom-Style Courses

Instructor Certification: TABC Server Permit / On-Premise

Who Should Take This Course:

  • People who want to teach employees in restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels and lounges about responsible beverage service
  • Nonprofit coalitions that teach alcohol awareness courses for community education purposes

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must give permission to TopShelf for a TBI background check, conducted at your expense.

TopShelf Certificate of Completion
TopShelf certificate of completion allows you to:

  • Obtain certification from the TABC to teach classes that certify students for permits OR
  • Teach classes for community education purposes only and not for student certification

Length of Course: 6-8 hours

This is a TABC-certified course for people who want to either teach certification classes for employees or teach community alcohol awareness courses. You will learn how to:

  • Equip servers, bartenders and managers with the knowledge they need to serve alcohol legally and responsibly
  • Explain state-specific alcohol laws
  • Use the TopShelf proprietary CODES of carding, a five-step process to help you properly examine an ID

What You’ll Learn:
Learn how to conduct a class from a instructor’s viewpoint and experience a class from a student’s perspective. At the end of the class, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how legal liability affects employees and employers
  • Recognize the employee’s role in alcohol service and public safety
  • Understand alcohol’s effects, including blood alcohol concentration, absorption and elimination
  • Recognize intoxicated individuals
  • Recognize acceptable IDs in your state
  • Accurately check IDs to prevent underage sales
  • Refuse alcohol service and handle difficult situations

Class Information:
The course includes:

  • Your Instructor Kit and the cost of your certification class
  • Submission of your certification letter to state, city or county boards (additional state, city/county fees may apply)

The program materials contain a minimum of three hours and up to eight hours of teachable information. At completion, you are eligible to purchase TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service student materials for $14.50 each (must be ordered in multiples of 10).

Price: $475

Register for this class: Contact us at for registration information for individuals and nonprofit coalitions.