The Global Leader in
Alcohol Server and Seller Training

History

Dr. Morris Chafetz

Dr. Morris Chafetz
Founder of TIPS

Adam Chafetz

Adam Chafetz
President

Over the past 35 years, TIPS has certified more than 5 million participants. TIPS has certified participants in all 50 states and over 50 different countries. All of this has been done with one purpose in mind -- to educate and inform the public about the responsible sale, service and use of alcohol. That is our mission, and everything we do works toward that goal.

Our efforts have produced results:

  • The insurance industry discounts liquor liability premiums up to 25% for TIPS-certified clients.
  • Courts recognize TIPS as the standard for server training programs.
  • Liquor boards mitigate fines and penalties for violators who incorporate TIPS training at their establishments.
  • And hotels, restaurants, and bars across the country reap the benefits of more professional wait staff and more satisfied customers.

Learn more about our history.

1979

TIPS was born

At a small dinner party, a group of colleagues in the field of alcoholism and alcohol research discussed the idea of developing a program to teach servers and bartenders to look for signs that people are misusing alcohol. Soon thereafter, the TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) program was developed by the Health Education Foundation of Washington, DC, under the direction of Morris E. Chafetz, M.D.

1982

TIPS for On Premise

Dr. Morris Chafetz, founding director of the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and author of fourteen books and over 200 articles related to alcohol and alcohol abuse, developed the first TIPS program. His goal was to create a program that would give bartenders and servers the skills and confidence they needed to prevent their customers from becoming intoxicated. TIPS for On Premise® was created.

1985-1989

TIPS Expands with New Programs

After the launch of TIPS for On Premise, industry groups wanted programs designed for the specific environments within their industries. Because of this demand, the Concessions, Off Premise, Gaming, and Social Functions programs were developed.

1990-1996

Consumer Programs Created

With the success of TIPS as a server training program, we extended training and responsibility message to consumers. We developed the Parents, Workplace, and University programs geared specifically to consumers to provide new skills, techniques and, confidence to intervene into situations where a friend or associate was getting into trouble with alcohol.

2005

eTIPS Online Learning

The eTIPS program was created to deliver a self-paced, innovative approach to alcohol server training. eTIPS allows participants to obtain TIPS training anywhere, anytime and is currently available for On Premise, Off Premise, Gaming, Concessions, and soon-to-be-released University.