Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a bartender license? 
There are two bartender certifications: an Alcohol Awareness Certification (TIPS or ServSafe) and a National Certification (make 12 drinks in 7 minutes). The Alcohol Awareness Certification requires a three hour course, the national certification requires you to complete 8 lessons and pass a 12 drink in 7 minute test!

How long does it take to get my bartender certification?
That’s up to you! There is a 40 hour minimum requirement, albeit whether you do those 40 hours in a week or in a month is up to you. Schedules are flexible, with morning, afternoon, evening and weekend times available.

When should I register for bartending school?
Call your local bartending school to see the next available registration period! There may be a wait list, so call today!

How much does bartending school cost?
Each location has different prices, although National Bartenders is one of the most affordable schools in the country (call today for current promotions). AND National Bartenders allows students to break up their payments.

What does it mean, “Get paid while I train?”
Because the National Bartender School is also a staffing company, we have paid work every week. While in school we can have you start working almost immediately as a barback or server for private events or some of the many bars, restaurants, and clubs that we staff, the school can literally pay for itself before you’re finished!

Online Bartending School
Should I go to an online bartending school?   That is only something only you can decide.   Will you get the same from an online program versus in-class  one-on-one instruction?  No.    But before we compare, lets borrow a quote from Good Will Hunting,  when Sean is comparing his life experiences to Will who is sheltered and informed not from actual experiences but from reading about them:

 If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him…. [But] you’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that Sistine Chapel

I’d ask you about love and you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable, known someone that could level you with her eyes. Feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you, who could rescue you from the depths of hell.

True mixology can be read about in a book or watched on a video,  but working one-on-one with a true mixologist

Facts about online bartending schools

  • Most online bartending schools are non-accredited or state or nationally certified.
  • The most popular online video bartending schools were made in the mid-90s and have old and irrelevant practices.
  • Bartending schools online do not offer REAL job placement because no bar is hiring from online bartending schools.
  • National Bartenders includes one-on-one instruction, real alcohol tastings, behind a bar training, AND GUARANTEED JOBS.
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