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    Imagine going to a job you love, always having extra cash, and being rewarded for your hard work by people who are always happy to see (and tip) you.  This is the reason why bartenders love their job.

    Many of our graduates have raised families, paid for their education, paid for their housing and living expenses by just bartending part time.

     Even our graduates who were already in the food and beverage industry have been able to earn more income because of their Bartenders Academy Training!


    Within two weeks after finishing, I got a bartending job! Totally worth the entire course, and the Instructors are phenomenal and full of knowledge about the Industry

    Graduate, Bartender


    Resume Development

    We will teach you and help you update your resume for the bar industry or create a brand new resume.


    Interview Training

    Be prepared for your first or your next bartending interview. Get insight on how to succeed during your interviewing process.

    Coaching & Feedback

    The most successful bartenders and even the most successful people have mentors and coaches to help them achieve results. We are here for you.

    Local Job Leads

    Get updates on local bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, and other venues hiring in Connecticut.


    Job Search Strategies

    Looking for work? Don’t know where to begin.  We are here to help you use effective strategies for finding bartending leads.

    National Assistance

    Relocating soon or coming to Connecticut for a short time? We’ll even help you identify job opportunities out of state!

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    We’ve partnered with the world’s largest Liquor company, Diageo, at their Northeast Headquarters to provide employee training and more!

    We’ve partnered with UCONN’s University Catering Department to provide annual training to their bartending staff that serves the entire campus

    We are authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education to provide officially recognized bartender training

    Proud Supporters of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and the local Connecticut Chapters which support the development and growth of Connecticut’s Professional Bartenders

    3 LIVE course options

    Advanced Bartender: 48 Hours

    Most Popular: 48 Hours

    • Best Preparation to start bartending
    • 4 Weeks of Hands on Training
    • Hands-On Bartending Certification
    • Online Knowledge Certification (12 Hrs)
    • TiPs Certification For Alcohol Responsibility
    • Job Placement Assistance
    • 4 Saturdays
    • 8:30AM – 5:30PM

    Why choose the 48 Hour option?

    You want to work or currently work in the industry and want to have a great foundation that will increase your competency and your income.

    Great for Part-Time or Full-Time bartending

    Elite Bartender: 80 Hours

    Most Value: 80 Hours

    • Elevate your ability to earn income with the most comprehensive bartender training in the United States.
    • 3 Online Knowledge Certifications (Cocktails, Beer, & Wine) (32 Hrs)
    • 4 Saturdays Live: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
    • Everything included in the 48 Hour Course
    • International Wine Certification
    • 4 Sundays Zoom, 4pm to 5:30PM
    • Digital Training (10 Hrs)
    • International Beer Certification
    • 4 Sundays Zoom, 2pm to 3:30PM
    • Digital Training (10 Hrs)
    • Wine & Beer Offered On Different Sundays

    Why choose the 80 Hour option?

    You want the best, nationally. You’re interested in learning more about beer, wine or both. You want 360 degrees of understanding the different aspects of bartending that will help you provide better service and increase your earning potential.

    Quick Bartender: 21 Hours

    Most Convenient 21 Hours

    • Quick & Fun
    • 1 Full Day of Hands On Training
    • Online Knowledge Certification (12 Hrs)
    • Saturday 8:30 AM to 5:30PM

    Why choose the 21 Hour option?

    You just want a quick introduction to bartending. Great for an introduction to bar backing (bartender’s assistant), home bartending or seeing if bartending is something you’d like.

    digital option

    Training Videos & Lessons

    Why choose the Digital options?

    When seeking to increase your bar sales and your earnings, there’s a lot of information you need to learn, understand, and techniques you need to practice when you are *not* in front of the customer. Learning recipes, researching spirits, understanding beer, wine, and liquor production, reviewing menus, practicing techniques until you perfect them, working on your pours, knowing your legal responsibilities, and much more. Most of your success as a beverage professional comes from the preparation you do (practice time) before you start engaging with guests (game time). We are here to partner with you on your learning journey!

    Great for Part-Time or Full-Time bartending

    Digital Options

    • Over 250+ Lessons on Beverage Service & Growing
    • Bartending, Wine, Beer, and More!
    • Knowledge Certifications (36 Hrs)
    • Learn at your own pace
    • Unlimited content replay during your subscription
    • Full access for 12 Months
    • Cost effective option for individuals and teams
    • Fastest way to get started
    • We are constantly adding more content!



    Cocktail & Spirits Fundamentals & Service Certification

    Knowledge Certification To Help You Expand Your Knowledge and Increase Your Income

    • Authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education
    • The longest, most comprehensive, and effective digital training in the United States
    • Prepare to truly understand the fundamentals of making cocktails
    • Increase your earning potential and sharpen your skills
    • To see the course outline visit


    Bartending Hands-on Practical Certification

    Practical  Certifications To Help You Get Work, Have More Fun, and Increase Your Income

    • Authorized by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education
    • The longest, most comprehensive, and effective hands on training in the Northeastern United States
    • Understand how to navigate behind the bar while engaging guests while making fun cocktails!
    • Increase your earning potential and sharpen your skills


    The leading alcohol responsibility certification in the United States for understanding your role in promoting the safe and enjoyable consumption of alcohol. The TiPS certification helps professionals to reduce over-consumption of alcohol, prevent underage drinking, and to maintain a fun yet responsible drinking environment. Many establishments across the country require that their servers are trained in the TiPS certification program. For more info visit:


    The WSET Award in Wine is a globally recognized Wine Certification that goes beyond the basics and provides you a deep understanding of the history, composition, creation, and service of wine. Discover new types of wine, offer more wine selections for your guests, and become a true value add for your organization and your guests by become a recognized leader in your wine knowledge. For more info visit:


    Our Beer Fundamentals course will prepare you to take the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam, which is the most respected beer training program internationally. This training delves into the fundamentals, the history and manufacturing, the different types and styles of beer. Start engaging your guests who love beer and help guide your guests who are looking to you recommend a great selection. For more info visit: *Please note that this course is not affiliated with or endorsed by
    the Cicerone Certification Program.

    increase your income

    It’s very common for bartenders to earn $20 to $50 per hour when averaging out their tips and wages combined.  When working several shifts per week, your hard work can start to generate an additional $1500 or more per month just working part-time.  Of course these estimates are affected by how hard you work, when you work, and where you work but our bartenders are motivated to earn extra income by going after opportunities in life and providing great service when they land behind the bar!


    …you learn an impressive amount about not only bar tending, but how to look at work, how to fill down time and make your bosses happy, how to interact with customers and how to handle just about any situation. As a recent graduate of Bartenders Academy I have the confidence and skills I need to go out there and get a job at any bar I choose and that makes it so worth it! If you have the opportunity and time to take this course, take it, it is a small investment with a huge pay off!


    Graduate, Bartender

    Who Takes The Training?

    • Positive Hospiality Focused Professionals
    • People with no hospitality experience
    • Bartenders & Servers who want to increase their performance
    • Bar Managers and owners
    • College Students
    • CNAs, Nurses, and other healthcare professionals
    • Real Estate Professionals
    • Mid Career and retirees
    • People who are unhappy going to their jobs everyday
    • Single parents
    • Those wanting to save, get ahead of their bills, and/or get out of debt

    Increase your income

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    Over 130+ Years of Combined Beverage Hospitality Experience 

    Lanie Renfer

    Bartending Instructor

    Christine Papp

    Bartending Instructor

    John Kubicsko

    Beer Instructor

    Ross Edward Marks

    Wine Instructor

    Phil Santopietro

    TiPS Instructor

    Peter Clayton

    Career Counselor

    Can I get a job during the Covid19 Pandemic?

    The most important thing to keep in mind is that the entire bar and restaurant industry is in a state of change. While this can create opportunities for work, keep the following things in mind as you look for work:

    • The biggest mistake new bartenders make in getting behind the bar is not taking enough time to prepare and train to bartend. This is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before you’re in front of customers
    • As bars start to rehire, they cannot afford to hire bartenders who do not have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of bartending and hospitality
    • It’s going to take some time before the industry is back at full employment. Knowing this before hand is a huge plus. Use this information to connect with bars, build your network, and form relationships now so you’re not competing with new entrants into the job market in the future who did not invest in building their knowledge and connections now
    • Bartending is a fun way to add additional or primary income by being a educated, confident, and competent hospitality professional. This takes time if you want to maximize your success. We can help you get started now
    • The number one complaint we get get from our students is that they didn’t start sooner because they thought they were too “busy.” Some of our most successful students are managing several jobs, in school, and taking care of a family. They don’t have time, they make time now to invest in their future.
    • THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO LEARN! If you wait too long to train, others will take advantage of future opportunities as they arise while you’ll still be behind. The places that are hiring are more open to hiring now than they have been in the past. This will not last. Most of our students have more time now to pick up a new skill than they had previously. When the things return back to normal, that time is going to evaporate. Don’t wait!
    • With that said, many veteran bartenders have decided to leave the industry creating a small vacuum for new bartenders and competent bartenders during this time! Interestingly, our bartenders are reporting to us that they are getting jobs at a much faster higher rate because of this vacuum! If you are diligent about your job search you can uncover some exciting opportunities
    Is this an online course or a hands-on course?
    • Both! It’s a hybrid learning model!
    • Our Live Training Classes are among the most intense, most successful, and most thorough bartender trainings in the Northeastern United States
    • The Online Bartender Knowledge Certification is a complete training course in which you can learn from the comfort of your home. It is one of the most complete and intestive digital bartender training programs in the country
    • All In-Person Live class students must also take the Online Bartender Knowledge Certification as well
    • Online Bartender Knowledge Certification students are not required to to take the in person training courses
    • You get a nationally recognized state certification with our online and in person classes
    What are the benefits of the online training?

    When seeking to increase your bar sales and your earnings, there’s a lot of information you need to learn, understand, and techniques you need to practice when you are *not* in front of the customer. Learning recipes, researching spirits, understanding beer, wine, and liquor production, reviewing menus, practicing techniques until you perfect them, working on your pours, knowing your legal responsibilities, and much more. Most of your success as a beverage professional comes from the preparation you do (practice time) before you start engaging with guests (game time). We are here to partner with you on your learning journey!

    Can I get hired without any bartending experience?

    Think about this:

    100% of bartenders were hired without bartending experience.

    Let that sink in. Every single bartender started bartending without bartending experience. We all start at 0% and work out way up.

    Getting training before you start bartending ensures that you have a more successful start and that you know what you are doing before you’re dealing with real customers.

    You will see adds that say 2 years experience required. That’s okay, many of those same places will still hire brand new bartenders. Even more promising is that many more places will hire new bartenders who don’t come with any bad habits that bar/ restaurant can then train the way they prefer.

    The quality of the training you receive allows you to demonstrate your competence if you’re asked to make a cocktail on the spot or do a trial run for a weekend. You’ll want to know what you’re doing if you’re ever put on the spot

    How old do you have to be to bartend?

    In Connecticut, the legal age to serve alcohol is 18. 

    Please check with your particular state’s website: It may be the liquor control board, department of consumer protection, the alcohol and beverage commission.

    The fastest way to find out is to call your state’s office directly and ask which department can answer the question of the legal age to bartend

    How is your training different from other bartender courses?
    • Success: We’ve helped more new bartenders get jobs than any other organization in Connecticut
    • You will be more successful by taking our training. See the points below
    • Our training hours are longer, so you can learn more, which will help you earn more
    • We are more in depth. We offer internationally recognized training for Wine and Beer
    • We are more up to date.  Many trainings are out of date from curriuculums that over 30 years old
    • We have specialists in the different fields of bartending, beer, wine, career assistance, management, and more! Over 100+ years of Bartending and Hospitality Experience. We are not a one person shop. 
    • We are recognized by the Connecticut Departement of Higher education and are legally authorized to issue a certification. You can always call the state of CT to verify if an organization is legally allowed to offer fully vetted training
    How Do I Get Started?
    1. Fill out the form below
    2. Choose between starting with the Online Bartender Knowledge Certification Training or the Live In-Person training.  Please note that all In-Person trainees are required to take the Online Knowledge Certification Training
    3. Enroll in whichever course you’ve chosen
    4. Start training immediately!
    Do You Offer Staff Training
    • Absolutely. Many bar and restaurant programs are seeing the benefits of investing in their staff by providing quality training on beverage service
    • We provide beer training, wine training, bartending training, management training (coming soon), and much more
    • The best programs don’t stay still. They continue to grow by continually upgrading their knowledge, their skillsets, and investing in their junior and senior talent earch with a different set of needs
    • Our digital platform is specifically geared towards helping bars and restaurants grow and succeed. You can sign up directly online!
    • We also offer national consulting services for more unique training requirements

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