BASSET Alcohol Online Training Course FAQs

Who is required to take these courses?

Anyone looking to receive an Illinois BASSET certification card will need to complete this course. While the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program is overseen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, license requirements are set at the local and municipal level. Different counties and municipalities throughout Illinois will have different requirements about whether or not you need to complete the BASSET course, though many do require it.

However, the State of Illinois recommends that all servers and sellers, regardless of location or requirements, get certified in order to provide a safe environment for employees and customers. Servers and sellers with a BASSET card have documentation to show that they are capable of providing alcohol in a professional way. With a BASSET card, it is clear that a seller or server knows the course material, and is therefore a more hirable asset. Successful completion of the course can also reduce liability insurance for the establishment, another reason employers will look for BASSET cards.

Are these courses approved by the state of Illinois?

Yes. Our courses have been approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the BASSET program. Successfully completing these courses will supply the student with a BASSET card, which will serve to both fulfill any local requirements and to provide certification the student knows the material and is therefore a more hirable asset.

What is the difference between the courses?

The state of Illinois separates sellers and servers into two different groups: those who provide alcohol in locations where the beverages are to be consumed (on-premise), and those who provide alcohol in locations where the beverages are to be taken for consumption at a later time and place (off-premise).

What are some examples of people who need alcohol training in Illinois?

On-premise BASSET certification is suitable for bartenders, bar backs, servers, and managers of establishments such as bars or restaurants. Off-premise is suitable for cashiers, managers, and business owners at liquor stores, grocery stores, and convenience stores.

How long is the training?

The On-Premise course is the state-required minimum of four hours in length and the Off-Premise course is the state-required minimum of three hours in length.

What material is covered?

The courses will have some differences based on which is chosen, but both courses will cover all of the following topics:

  • Alcohol and Its Properties
  • Preventing Intoxication and Assuring Customer Safety
  • Laws About Minors and Alcohol
  • Practicing the Refusing of Sale/Service to a Minor
  • DUI Penalties
  • When to Ask for an ID
  • Dram Shop Laws

Is there a final exam?

Yes. As required by the state, there is a final exam consisting of 20 questions. Students must answer at least 70% (14 questions) correctly in order to pass. However, you will have an unlimited number of attempts to pass, so you can take it stress free.

What happens when I finish the course?

Once you successfully pass the final exam, you will be able to immediately download a certificate. This certificate can be used as a temporary BASSET card. We will submit your information to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, and they will send a card in the mail to the address you provide.

Do I need to do anything else to get my BASSET card?

No, upon graduation you will be processed and can download your temporary certificate for proof until your BASSET card arrives in the mail.

Will my BASSET card expire?

Yes, BASSET cards are valid for three years, after which you will need to renew.