Professional Bartending, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This course enables the student to learn the essentials of professional bartending. Topics include bar preparation, beverage recipes and customer service, understanding alcohol laws and responsibilities, evaluating intoxication levels, checking identifications, and dealing with difficult situations. It will prepare the student to discuss liquor liability issues and state liquor laws, demonstrate the use of bartending equipment and tools, identify various kinds of glassware utilized in a bar operation, recognize brands of liquor and relate brands to type of liquor, and practice customer service skills and sale of drinks using a point of sale system.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​demonstrate the knowledge and skills to function effectively as a bartender in the hospitality and food service industry,
  2. prepare to effectively and safely handle difficult situations related to the serving of alcohol,
  3. meet the eligibility requirements for a certification of Training Intervention ProcedureS (T.I.P.S.) offered by Health Communications, Inc., and
  4. prepare to gain employment in the hospitality or food service industry.

Program Credentials

CCBC Credential: Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 

External Credential: Students will qualify to take the T.I.P.S certification exam. The exam is included on the last day of this class.

Certifying Organization: Health Communications, Inc.;


Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

2-3 months - 10 evening sessions (3 hours per class)

Courses are offered at CCBC Owings Mills. Evening classes are offered during CCBC's fall, winter, and summer sessions.

Program Requirements

Required: Minimum age of 21

Recommended: ​High School Diploma or GED

Information sessions are offered monthly. Check the CCBC Continuing Education Catalog for locations, dates and times.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

The T.I.P.S. certification exam is included in this course.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



HSL 103

Professional Bartending/Mixology


T.I.P.S. – Training for Intervention Procedures Certification, books, exam, and certification costs provided and included in course costs.



 Course Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
HSL 101 - T.I.P.S. (Training for Intervention Procedures) - certification only

Skills for Success:​
Outstanding people skills, punctual and prepared to work, well-groomed professional appearance, willing acceptance of responsibility, ability to follow written and oral instructions, ability to follow safety rules and regulations, ability to interact with others in a courteous and tactful manner, and the ability to complete tasks on time.

Career Opportunities:​
This course prepares students for positions in restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, casinos, and catering companies as a Bartender or Server. The hospitality, restaurant, and casino industries have many opportunities for internal and fast promotion up the career ladder for those seeking advancement.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Yumi Kim | | 443-840-5840 | Owings Mills 305D