Local groups offer legally required training for alcohol servers

OTTAWA - Illinois Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA), Chapter 76, has scheduled a class for the State’s mandated BASSET training. The class will be held at Starved Rock Yacht Club located on Dee Bennett Road on Sunday, March 24. The three-hour class begins at 2 p.m.

Cost is free for ILBA members and their staff. Non-member cost is $20 per person. Advanced registration is required. To register, call Dan Burke at (815) 228-7710.

Based on the population in LaSalle County, the state began mandating BASSET training certification as of July 1, 2017. Certification is good for three years. New employees are required to obtain their certification within 120 days of being hired.

Per state law, “All alcohol servers in a county with a population of more than 30,000 inhabitants and less than 200,000 inhabitants are required to obtain and complete training in basic responsible alcohol service as outlined in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 3500, as those provisions exist on July 1, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 98-939), by July 1, 2017 or within 120 days after the alcohol server begins his or her employment, whichever is later.”

Kevin Steder, President of ILBA Chapter 76, said, “Our classes are taught by people established and respected within the hospitality industry. They are state certified and encourage attendees to ask questions concerning their individual situations. We also include the most up to date information regarding laws and regulations that affect our industry.”

Free BASSET training is just one of many membership benefits offered by ILBA. The local chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month.

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