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Will I receive a certificate to work as a bartender?   
Yes, you will receive professional certification for all Bar Professional bartending classes,
in addition to any other classes we offer.  The laws of selling alcohol vary from state to state,
so check with your state alcohol board to ask if any type of certification is required.  Most
states require no legal certification, but many employers will want the validation that you have
been professionally trained.  Additionally, there is no such thing as a bartending license.  The
establishment that is selling alcohol must have a state-issued license, but bartenders are not

How can I learn everything I need to know about bartending in an online course?
Using the Master Code of Mixology™ branded method of instruction we have created courses
that are comprehensive and easy.  You will learn valuable skills that will make you a superior
bartender and a great employee.  Some of these lessons will apply to many situations even
beyond the bar.  You will learn customer service skills, speed tips, sales techniques and
psychology of the customer.  Additionally, you will learn the most common recipes, old stan-
dards and how to make original cocktails.  There is detailed instruction to practice pouring the
perfect shot without counting and exercises to prepare you for the fast pace that is sometimes
required behind the bar.  This is all you need to get started.   

Am I guaranteed job placement?
You should be very skeptical of anyone who promises you job placement.  That is not
possible.  Some courses may offer you leads, but you will have to get the job on your own.
Additionally, keep in mind that every other student or client will be given the same leads.  
Bar Professional courses include thorough coverage of resumes, how to get experience
and how to stand out on job interviews, which is how you will get a job.  The truth is that
most establishments hire from their files of resumes, not from a bartending school or an ad.

How would this course help me get a job?
Besides giving you the inside on job leads, these courses stress customer service, which is
actually the most difficult part of bartending.  The course instructors and creators have worked
at over 100 bars and restaurants.  They know what managers are looking for, because they
have both worked as managers and they have done plenty of hiring bartenders.  It would be
rare to find a course that offers this kind of insight.

Why are there so many bartenders who have never taken any kind of class?
Bartending requires confidence, intellect, common sense, patience, endurance and multi-
tasking skills, which cannot be taught in any bartending class.  These courses will teach
you everything you need to know to be a working bartender, but it's up to you to study the
information, do the exercises and practice the drills.  If you can't bartend after this class,
40 hours or even 80 hours in another class will probably not help.  Fortunately, there are
bartending jobs for all ages and all skill levels.

Can an older person get a job bartending?
You should think about working with a clientele that is near your own age.  Since there are
bars for all ages and skill levels, then anyone should be able to find a job at any age.

How is this class different from others?
Though it is most beneficial to learn all of the drink recipes and to know how to mix the
cocktails, that is only a very small part of becoming a professional bartender.  Memorizing
100 recipes means that you have a good memory, but won't necessarily make you a great
bartender.  In fact, you will most likely only use about 30 recipes regularly.  Most of the time
you will be opening beer, pouring wine and mixing highballs that have only one type of alcohol
and a mixer.

There is so much more involved in working behind the bar and this class focuses on the
most important aspects of bartending in the real world.  Yes, the fun part is mixing the cock-
tails, but often the principles of the business, customer service and ethics are overlooked
areas of the job.  To be absolutely honest, bartending is a career that demands great
intelligence, quick-thinking, an excellent memory, physical stamina and superior multi-
tasking skills.  These talents cannot be taught in any bartending class.  However, since
there are all types of bartending jobs that require many different levels of skill, anyone can
become a bartender.  When researching your choice of bartender training, keep in mind
the factors that are necessary to perform all aspects of the job.  

Steer clear of classes that teach outdated recipes and ways of pouring.  If a school is teach-
ing you to count when you pour your shots or to hold onto the pour spout with your finger, then
they are out of touch with newer, professional  techniques.  Classes that teach the history of
liquor are not bartending classes, as this topic is not pertinent to working behind the bar.  
The information may be good trivia for conversation, but most people have no interest and it
will not help you make money.  

The bottom line is that you want to become a bartender to make money.  This course will
also teach you alternative ways to make money in the bar business and how to start your
own bartending service. You are getting so much for your money when you take these classes.

What if I prefer to learn at my own pace?
Though you may complete any of these courses very quickly, you may also work at your own
pace with up to three months to complete all assignments and tests.

Why are these courses so inexpensive?
Being online, there is very little overhead expense.

Are these classes accredited?
There is no national accreditation system in place for any individual bartending classes or
schools.  This can be verified at www.chea.org, the Council for Higher Education Accredita-
tion.  If a bartending school claims to be accredited, the organization issuing the accredita-
tion should also be listed.  If it isn't, then ask who issued the accreditation and check it out.  
Click on the link on the site or look up the organization that issued the accreditation for