Who has to be trained
Ontario law requires that all persons involved in the sale, service or sampling of liquor, or who are involved in taking orders for liquor from customers, complete a server training course approved by the Board of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
This requirement includes:
- Staff at on-site and off-site manufacturers’ retail stores involved in the sale, service or sampling of alcohol
- Staff who deal with customers in wine boutiques in grocery stores, as well as manufacturers’ representatives or other individuals who conduct wine sampling in wine boutiques
- Manufacturer’s representatives involved in taking orders from customers for the sale of liquor or in providing samples of liquor to customers
- Liquor sales licence holders, managers, servers of alcohol and security staff employed by the licence holder (in relation to the manufacturer’s tied house or “by the glass” liquor licence, if any)
Staff are encouraged to carry a copy of their certification card while they are working. AGCO Inspectors may ask for proof of a staff member’s certification at any time.
Smart Serve® Training Program
Smart Serve® Ontario is approved by the AGCO Board to develop and provide the Smart Serve® Responsible Alcohol Beverage Training Program, and is currently the only approved sales and service training program in province of Ontario.
Please note that the AGCO still recognizes The Server Intervention Program certification issued before May 1995.
The Smart Serve® Ontario training is available online. You can complete it individually or in a group in-class session, offered by an Organization. All Final Tests are proctored and must be completed online.
For more information please visit: www.smartserve.ca.
Smart Serve Ontario
5090 Explorer Drive, Suite 800
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4T9
Toll Free: 1-877-620-6082