People who serve alcohol as a profession
can be a positive force in reducing alcohol-related problems
In 1985, Oregon became the first state in the country to require training for all of its alcohol servers. The idea did not come from government -- it came from the hospitality industry itself.
Oregon's restaurant association sponsored legislation which established mandatory server education for owners and employees of licensed businesses that serve alcohol by the drink.
The law now requires alcohol servers to take and pass a class in responsible alcohol service every 5 years. Oregon's server education course has become a model for other states seeking to promote responsible alcohol use.
- Server education has trained more than 430,000 students since 1987
- More than 29,000 students take server education each year
- More than 128,000 servers and over 6,000 businesses that sell alcohol by the drink are licensed by the OLCC
- 38 instructors working for 24 providers teach classes across the state
- Over 2,300 classes are taught each year
- Instructors are evaluated annually
- Classes are also available in Chinese and Spanish
How The Class Is Taught
OLCC administers the course by certifying community colleges and private trainers (called providers) to teach the server education classes. OLCC designs, reviews, and updates the model curriculum and grades the tests. To assure accurate, quality instruction, the OLCC regularly evaluates the instructors who teach the class.
OLCC does not teach, schedule, or register students for server education classes. Providers are private trainers who schedule their own classes, have their own enrollment policies, and set their own fees. To take a class, you must deal directly with the provider.
On average, providers charge each student $25 to $40 for the class.