The Sonoma County Department of Health Services has been providing Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training to CA State Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licensed establishments in Sonoma County for over a decade. Our motivation to partner with the alcohol industry and offer these courses is driven by our ongoing commitment to substance use prevention and education. This includes, but is not limited to, preventing sales to minors and sales/service to obviously intoxicated individuals. Our ultimate goal is to protect the public health and safety of Sonoma County residents.
Until recently, RBS training has only been required for ABC licensees in cities and counties through the enactment of local policies and regulations. Included in these rulings have been on-sale establishments (bars, restaurants, cafes, wineries, breweries) and off-sale establishments (stores, markets, mini-marts, gas stations).
With the passage of CA Assembly Bill 1221, beginning July 1, 2022, RBS training will be mandated for all alcoholic beverage servers and managers in on-sale establishments statewide with the requirement to successfully complete an ABC-approved RBS training course and exam, no later than August 31, 2022 (or within 60 days for new hires).
For more information about AB1221
The Department of Health Services, Behavioral Health Division is proud to announce that our RBS training was approved by the ABC in May 2021, the first County in the State to achieve this certification as a Training Provider. Our 4-hour virtual trainings are offered at no cost and meet all the state requirements, providing an opportunity for compliance well before the actual start date of the new law. The trainings also allow off-sale establishments to meet local city municipal code regulations.
Important information about AB1221 requirements
- All servers and managers attending an RBS training course must register on the ABC RBS Portal. There is a $3 fee required. Once you complete your account, you will receive a Server ID number. You will need this server ID number to register for the training course and to take the online exam.
- The Training Provider will confirm your attendance at the training in the ABC Portal. The online exam will be available to you in the Portal once this confirmation is entered.
Register for an upcoming RBS training
For more information, email Donna Newman-Fields or call (707) 565-6617.