Michigan TIPS® Certification

Join over 5.5 million TIPS certified alcohol sellers/servers and get your Michigan certification online today!

With over 40 years of experience, TIPS ensures that you receive training on the regulations and guidelines that affect you in your role. TIPS sellers/servers are professionals and create a safer environment where alcohol is served and sold.

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What's State Approved?

ABOUT REGULATED TRAINING

This state regulates alcohol training for the sale and service of alcohol or requires state-approved training for certain roles. Please review the regulatory guide at the bottom of the page to ensure you are completing the correct course for your role.

STATE-APPROVED ALCOHOL COURSES

ABOUT REGULATED TRAINING

This state regulates alcohol training for the sale and service of alcohol or requires state-approved training for certain roles. Please review the regulatory guide at the bottom of the page to ensure you are completing the correct course for your role.

The courses below MEET state alcohol Seller/Server training requirements.

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

The On-Premise program, our PREMIER offering, is a 3-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 Michigan On-Premise Alcohol Server Training + Food Handler
TIPS B2C Course Type Package
TIPS Michigan On-Premise Alcohol Server Training + Food Handler
Dynamic & skills-based training. Package includes BOTH trusted programs, exams, and certificates.

This package contains our Michigan On-Premise Alcohol Server Training bundled with our ANAB-accredited Food Handler Training. Learn state guidelines PLUS effective workplace strategies.

TIPS Michigan Off-Premise Alcohol Seller Training
TIPS B2C Course Type Off-Premise
TIPS Michigan 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 Michigan Concessions
TIPS B2C Course Type Concessions
TIPS Michigan Concessions
"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 Michigan Concessions Alcohol Training + Food Handler
TIPS B2C Course Type Package
TIPS Michigan Concessions Alcohol Training + Food Handler
Dynamic & skills-based training. Package includes BOTH trusted programs, exams, and certificates.

This package contains our Michigan Concessions Alcohol Training bundled with our ANAB-accredited Food Handler Training. Learn state guidelines PLUS effective workplace strategies.

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

The Gaming program is a 3-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.

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What are Educational courses?

ABOUT EDUCATIONAL COURSES

Completing these courses will not meet the state certification requirements. Although this state does not regulate these specialized TIPS courses, an employer may require one of these courses for certain positions or to qualify for an insurance discount.

If suitable for your role, we recommend enrolling in a state-approved On-Premise, Off-Premise, or Seller/Server course above to obtain BOTH the TIPS certification and the state-specific designation (permit, certification, approval).

EDUCATIONAL ALCOHOL TRAINING COURSES

ABOUT EDUCATIONAL COURSES

Completing these courses will not meet the state certification requirements. Although this state does not regulate these specialized TIPS courses, an employer may require one of these courses for certain positions or to qualify for an insurance discount.

If suitable for your role, we recommend enrolling in a state-approved On-Premise, Off-Premise, or Seller/Server course above to obtain BOTH the TIPS certification and the state-specific designation (permit, certification, approval).

The courses below offer TIPS scenario-based training but do not fulfill state alcohol training requirements.

Capacitación premium sobre el alcohol dentro del local
TIPS B2C Course Type On-Premise
Capacitación premium sobre el alcohol dentro del local
Dinámico y basado en habilidades. Incluye curso, 2 intentos de examen y certificado.

TIPS Dentro del Local está diseñado específicamente para personas que sirven alcohol en un restaurante, bar, ambiente social o de hospitalidad. Las ideas presentadas en el programa son el resultado de una investigación considerable y tienen en cuenta lo que los meseros enfrentan todos los días, incluidas las demandas del trabajo, las relaciones mesero/invitado y las relaciones mesero/administración. 

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

The University program is a 3-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

Michigan Liquor Control Commission 

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P.O. Box 30005 
Lansing, MI 48909

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866-813-0011
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michigan.gov/lara
Alcohol Server Training Law

Mandatory
The state requires approved alcohol server/seller training in some capacity for new licensees or transferring licenses

Approved TIPS Programs

Classroom: On-Premise, Off-Premise (not regulated), Concessions, and Gaming Online: TIPS is approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) and meets the state's training requirements

Requirements

N/A

Length of Certification

TIPS Certification is valid for 3 years.

State Laws & Regulations to be Aware of:

State Laws & Regulations to be Aware of:

Age to Consume

21

Age to Pour

18

Dram Shop Liability Laws

Yes

Age to Serve

18 (Off-Premise), 17 (On-Premise)

Age to Sell 

18 (Off-Premise), 17 (On-Premise)

Acceptable Forms of ID 

Official Michigan operator's or chauffeur's license, an official Michigan personal identification card, a military identification card, or any other bona fide picture identification which establishes the identity and age of the person.

Notes on Selling or Serving 

  • Training is required for licensees obtaining a new On-Premise license or transferring more than 50% interest in existing On-Premise licenses.
  • Age to sell in off-premise establishments is 18 years. However, on-premise establishments may employ 17 year olds to sell or serve, provided those individuals have completed a server training program and are being supervised by someone who is at least 18 years old.

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WHY CHOOSE TIPS?

Why choose tips 1

Pioneer In Alcohol Safety

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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