MARYLAND ALCOHOL AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM

With over 40 years of experience, TIPS ensures that you receive training on the regulations and guidelines that affect you in your role. Individuals who complete TIPS MD Alcohol Awareness Training programs are professionals and create a safer environment where alcohol is served and sold.

IMPORTANT: Online training does not fulfill regulatory requirements in this state. You may complete this course for employer-required training or educational purposes. If you would like to obtain state-approved certification, please enroll in a classroom course

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TIPS On-Premise Alcohol Server Training
TIPS B2C Course Type On-Premise
TIPS On-Premise Alcohol Server Training
Premium alcohol training for everyone from bartenders to security guards.

The On-Premise program, our PREMIER offering, is a 5-hour program designed for servers at restaurants, bars, hotels, in-store tastings, or other establishments where alcohol is consumed on the premises. Employees learn strategies that ensure responsible alcohol service, promote professionalism, and enhance customer service skills.

TIPS Off-Premise Alcohol Seller Training
TIPS B2C Course Type Off-Premise
TIPS Off-Premise Alcohol Seller Training
Balance excellent customer service while ensuring legal alcohol sales.

The Off-Premise program is a 3-hour program addressing the sale of alcohol at grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, and package stores. Clerks learn strategies for preventing illegal alcohol sales to underage and/or intoxicated patrons.

TIPS Off-Premise & Alcohol Delivery Training
TIPS B2C Course Type Delivery
TIPS Off-Premise & Alcohol Delivery Training
Avoid problems when alcohol is sold "to go" or for delivery.

The Off-Premise and Delivery program is a 3-hour program addressing issues reltaed to off premise sales PLUS any establishment that offers delivery or takeout services. Sellers and delivery personnel learn strategies for preventing illegal alcohol sales or delivery to underage and/or intoxicated patrons.

TIPS Concessions Alcohol Training
TIPS B2C Course Type Concessions
TIPS Concessions Alcohol Training
"Make the right call" to reduce the risk of alcohol-related incidents at public or private events.

The Concessions program is a 3-hour program for environments such as stadiums, arenas, theaters, concert halls, fairs, amusement parks, and festivals. The focus of this program is on assessing patrons in a short period of time to prevent illegal alcohol sales.

TIPS Gaming Alcohol Training
TIPS B2C Course Type Gaming
TIPS Gaming Alcohol Training
Exclusively designed for those who sell alcohol in a gaming environment.

The Gaming program is a 5-hour program used by casinos, riverboats, and gambling halls. This program focuses on the issues presented by guests receiving complimentary cocktails while gambling as well as guests staying on property.

TIPS University
TIPS B2C Course Type University
TIPS University
Strategies and skills for students intervening in alcohol-related situations.

The University program is a 2-hour program tailored for students at universities and colleges. This program gives students the skills they need to intervene with their peers in social situations to prevent alcohol-related incidents.

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State Agency

Maryland Alcohol Tobacco Commission

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410-260-7980
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Alcohol Server Training Law

Mandatory
The state requires approved alcohol server/seller training in some capacity

Approved TIPS Programs

Classroom: On-Premise, Off-Premise, and Concessions

Requirements

All counties require classroom training for managers. Training is required by at least one manager on duty at establishments in every county. Talbot County requires all employees to be classroom trained. At this time, online training is not recognized by the Comptroller of Maryland.

Length of Certification

TIPS Certification is valid for 4 years

State Laws & Regulations to be Aware of:

State Laws & Regulations to be Aware of:

Age to Consume

21

Age to Pour

21

Dram Shop Liability Laws

No

Age to Serve

18

Age to Sell 

The state law is 18 for beer and wine, and 21 for liquor/package store sales.

Anne Arundel County is twenty-one for all point-of-sales for alcohol. A licensee may employ a person 16 years or older to stock alcoholic beverages.

In Baltimore City, a licensee may employ a person 18 years of age or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

In Cecil County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

In Frederick County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages. A licensee may employ a person age 14 years or older to perform any other task than to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

In Garrett County, a licensee may not employ a person under the age of 21 years old to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

In Kent County, a person under the age of 21 may not be employed to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

In Prince George's County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages to the holder of any Class A (off-sale) license; Class B (on-sale) license; and Class C (on-sale) beer, wine, and liquor license.

In Queen Anne's County, a person under the age of 21 may not be employed to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages to the holder of any Class A (off-sale) license; Class B (on-sale) license; and Class C (on-sale) beer, wine, and liquor license.

In Washington County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages. A licensee may employ a person age 16 years or older to perform any other task than to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

Acceptable Forms of ID 

Any state driver's license with photo, military ID, US passport or passport card, state-issued ID card with photo, or U.S. Territory card. Retailers may use their discretion when fraud is suspected.

Notes on Selling or Serving 

Local counties are given the authority by the State to establish their own liquor laws, so check with your local jurisdiction to confirm laws.

Age to Serve

State law is 18 for beer/wine; 21 for liquor or Class D license.

In Baltimore City, a licensee may employ a person 18 years of age or older to serve or otherwise deal with alcoholic beverages.

In Cecil County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to serve or otherwise deal with alcoholic beverages.

In Washington County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years or older to sell or deliver alcoholic beverages.

Age to Pour

The state law is 18 for wine and beer, 21 for liquor, or a Class D license.

In Baltimore City, a licensee may employ a person 18 years of age or older to sell, serve, deliver or otherwise deal with alcoholic beverages.

In Cecil County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years of age or older to sell, serve, deliver or otherwise deal with alcoholic beverages.

In Washington County, a licensee may employ a person 18 years of age or older to sell, serve, deliver or otherwise deal with alcoholic beverages.

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Why choose tips 1

Pioneer In Alcohol Saftey

Originally introduced in 1982, TIPS On-Premise was developed by professionals in the fields of alcohol abuse, adult education, hospitality, and psychology as a tool to teach servers and bartenders to prevent alcohol abuse among customers. This radical strategy to teach servers and bartenders standard practices for the service of alcohol and how to look for signs of intoxication became the industry standard.

Very soon, TIPS met industry requests for programs tailored to other environments with specific scenes and strategies for those industries. Today, TIPS offers courses specific to On-Premise, Off-Premise, Delivery, Gaming, Concessions, and University.

Whether required by law in your state or not, alcohol server and seller training helps you identify and prevent alcoholic beverages from getting in the hands of minors or intoxicated persons. TIPS is trusted to provide training that goes deeper into situations than just covering regulations or BAC. TIPS develops your "people skills" for handling specific situations and maintain a safe environment.


Why choose tips 2

Robust Training Experience

TIPS is more than any general alcohol safety training available. It's an immersive training experience.

TIPS online courses have an outstanding quality of content, easy-to-understand modules, and helpful reinforcement quizzes. TIPS is designed to empower individuals to use their people skills to positively influence their guests' drinking behavior and to help individuals feel confident to intervene in situations that might be uncomfortable or a safety risk.

All of this to make learning and retaining knowledge about safely selling and serving alcohol as relatable as possible.


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The TIPS Advantage

Not only will you learn skills for handing situations, you'll become better at your job and in turn be a more attractive candidate. PLUS TIPS offers you protections:

  • 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.

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