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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Has anybody ever gone to bartending school? I'm thinking of working in Ocean City this summer and thought it might be a good way to get a job. There is a class coming up in a few weeks here in College Park and I was trying to decide whether or not it was worth taking. The course is 12 hours long and at the end they give you a certificate saying you are a trained bartender and you completed training in alcohol safety and awareness.

The website for the class is http://www.ontherocksbartending.com/index.html

Anybody have any suggestions or insight into whether or not its worth my time and money?
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Re: Bartending School?

Well thats how they trained the bartenders at our work....sure...its worth it

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Re: Bartending School?

There are many bars that do not hire bartenders who have been to bartending school because they'd prefer to train the bartenders themselves. There are some that like the school, but I've never seen someone not get hired because they don't have bartending school credentials. However, I've seen people be turned down because they DO have them.

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Re: Bartending School?

I know lots of bartenders ("professionally", not personally) and I don't think any of them went to bartending school. They just started tending bar somewhere, or worked as a bar back and worked their way up. That being said, I'm sure having a cert saying you know how to mix drinks would help if you don't have any experience. As far as bars not wanting people with certs, maybe the thing to do is to make nice with bartenders in places you want to work and see how that restaurant operates.
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def. go for it. i was gonna do it during winter break, but car got totalled and needed to save the money. i work in a wine stone and working with alcohol is fun.


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Re: Bartending School?

My GF got her bartending certificate last summer. Thought it would be a pretty good way to make money during school. They even offered "career placement" services, which turned out just to be a big book of all the bars in the area that were hiring. Then when she actually started to go out and start applying, she found that all the bars/nightclubs wanted people with at least a years' experience, and almost all the restaurants required you to have been a server for at least 6 months, and then provided their own in-house training.

So, my opinion would be that it's a waste of time and money unless you know of a place that for sure will hire you when you get your certificate. Otherwise, it sounds like it won't make a bit of difference in whether or not you get hired.


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I have a couple of friends who are bartenders and they both always say it's a waste of time. One of them started as bar back and worked his way to the front, the other one started at a small restaurant and then moved to hotels, neither attended bar school. Of course everything is a little different in Vegas but as many have said already, it's still considered a waste of time and money by many.


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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Bartending School?

Alright thanks guys. There's a job fair in Ocean City this weekend so I"ll ask some employers and see what they say.
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why dont you just be a server, its a little tougher but you make 2x the money...
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