Professional Bartending, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Bartenders work directly with customers by mixing and serving drink orders. Their responsibilities include verifying age requirements, knowing alcohol pairing and tastes, mixing and serving drinks, processing payments, managing inventory and cleaning bar supplies.​

In this course, students will  learn the essentials of professional bartending and qualify to take an advanced exam for alcohol service in order to earn their Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) certification, a Maryland-approved credential.  Topics include bar preparation, beverage recipes, customer service, alcohol laws, liability, and responsibilities, evaluating intoxication levels, checking identifications, and dealing with difficult situations. 

Students entering this program should have outstanding communication skills, stung customer service skills, strong time management skills, be well organized, have the ability to follow safety rules and regulations, work as part of a team, and be flexible.

Bartending jobs can be found at restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, casinos, and catering companies. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

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 for Intervention ProcedureS (T.I.P.S.), and
  4. prepare to gain employment in the hospitality or food service industry.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

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: TIPS:


Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education 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.

Length of Training

1 month - 10 evening sessions (3 hours per class; 2 days/week)

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

Program Requirements

Information sessions are offered monthly. Check the CCBC Continuing Education Catalog for locations, dates and times - move out of this section as they are not required..

Required: Minimum age of 21
Recommended: ​High School Diploma or GED

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

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 Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Professional Bartending/Mixology


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



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.

Career Coach

Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at  Explore career and training opportunities at

Program Contact Information

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

Administrative Support Assistant: Kristal Parker |​|443-840-4483 |Owings Mills 302 ​​​​