Jeremy Little, a Certified Prevention Specialist Regional Prevention coordinator at Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, talks about the Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Training class scheduled for Monday at the NBN office at 207 N. Second St.
What is Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Training?
"RBSS Training is an evidence-based, best practice for teaching alcohol retailers and community members the knowledge and skills to sell and serve alcohol safely, responsibly, and legally. This class is instructed by the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission and Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC)."
Why was this class started?
"This class was started to better protect the interest of Oklahomans, and to protect the interest of the business owner that serves alcohol. The training began as a partnership between the ABLE Commission and ODMHSAS (Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services). The goals are simple. We want to help stop underage drinking abuse by limiting youth access in our retail stores, and we want to help alcohol establishments eliminate over-serving to people who can legally drink. It’s teaching attendees that alcohol in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a heightened responsibility that comes with it."
If I'm interested in taking this class, what do I need to know?
"Oklahoma’s alcohol laws will change on Oct. 1. If a person, establishment, or charitable event group is going to be applying for or renewing a beer or liquor license, they need this class. Our free two-hour training provides attendees with the current and future knowledge on how to properly check identifications, understand and be aware of the signs of intoxication, and discuss the consequences of not following the laws and proper procedures of service and sales. If anyone is interested, we have two class times available on Monday at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The training is held at the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods office, 207 N. Second St, Muskogee. To reserve your spot, please contact Jeremy Little at the RPC office of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, (918) 683-4600."
What ages are the people who can take the classes?
"It’s open to anyone who works at an establishment that sells alcohol beverages. Or it’s available to community members who would like to be trained because of their participation in volunteer events or special fundraising that involves alcohol beverages. We have had class attendees from 18 to 80 years old."
Is this class just for bartenders?
"Absolutely not! This is available to people who work in many different positions. For example, store clerks, restaurant or bar servers, management, security, janitorial staff, food and beverage workers, valet, civic organization members, event fundraising groups, and special events coordinators have all taken our class and benefited from it."
— Kenton Brooks