On July 15, 2015, a new state law (Public Act 99-0046) went into effect requiring all Illinois on-premise alcohol servers to attend BASSET by a certain date. Click on Required Training Dates for further details on the new law, which also repealed many previously banned happy hour and spirit infusion practices.
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Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) is the State of Illinois' responsible beverage seller/server program. Under the licensing and regulatory auspices of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, BASSET is designed to encourage profitable, responsible, and legal alcohol sales and service.
Why should you take BASSET? Click on one of the links below to see if you understand the value and importance of seller/seller training:
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The goals and objectives of the BASSET Program are:
- Train and educate sellers and servers to engage in responsible alcohol service;
- Spot signs of intoxication and utilize various intervention techniques;
- Prevent DUIs and alcohol-related fatalities;
- Stop underage sales and underage drinking;
- Create safer communities and establishments where alcohol is served;
- Educate owners, managers and staff on dram shop insurance, state laws, and local ordinances regarding alcohol service.
By July 1, 2018, all on-premise alcohol servers (and those required to check identification for alcohol service) will be mandated to take BASSET. Click on Required Training Dates for the law's effective date by county. Please note, there are also several municipal and county liquor licensing authorities who currently have established specific training requirements as a condition for employment in a liquor establishment. Owners, managers, and sellers/servers must check Local Ordinances for training requirements. It is the responsibility of all Illinois liquor retailers to be aware of state liquor laws, rules and regulations, and local ordinances.
BASSET certification/expiration is based on the local municipality where you are doing business and/or the training company you utilized for training. Participants will be issued a certificate from the licensed BASSET provider. BASSET providers submit a roster to the ILCC of participants who have taken their class and passed the examination. The Commission will then issue BASSET cards to those participants who successfully completed the course (replacement cards cost $15). These cards must be carried by the person whose name appears on the card if involved in the selling and/or serving of alcoholic liquor when a local ordinance mandates BASSET training.
To enroll in a BASSET class
Please click on our Training Class Directory to find licensed BASSET providers in your locale. To get information on BASSET course dates, times and prices, simply call the listed providers. Remember, some municipalities in the State of Illinois do require BASSET training, so your advised to check your Local Ordinances to see if you must attend BASSET training. Many businesses voluntarily send their staff to get trained to equip them with the skills necessary to prevent any alcohol-related mishaps. Many insurance companies reduce their liquor liability insurance premiums for businesses who require their employees to attend BASSET.
For those wishing to teach seller/server training in the state of Illinois, the license is $250 annually. Click on the BASSET License Application (PDF) to apply (please read the Rules and Regulations before filling out the application). Please note, you must complete a licensed and recognized instructor training course (PDF) prior to completing the above BASSET application. Then, once you completely fill out the application, send required documents and a check or money order payable to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. The applicant can submit a curriculum affidavit that the ILCC supplies to the instructor training companies. Please call 312-814-0773 for any questions regarding the BASSET program.
Questions? Visit the BASSET FAQ page for answers to the most frequently asked seller/server training questions.