Popular 10 Year-old Bartender Training Program Re-Launches Online & Offers Student Discount for 2012

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Online training for bartenders blends cocktail-making acumen with career guidance

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Employers want talented charismatic bartenders who understand the level of responsibility that comes with the job and how their performance can impact the reputation of a business.

Bartenders Association Internationale (BAI) today announced the re-launch of its 10-year old Certified Bartender training program and its “New Start 2012” discount on tuition fees.

Fully revamped for 2012, the certification is designed for both aspiring and working bartenders to gain bar service, mixology skills, and career guidance completely online.

“After surveying hundreds of former students, we’ve determined that offering a 100% online instructor-led version of the program is best for our U.S. and international students,” states Heidi Butzine, program director for BAI.

“Not everyone can take time off work or travel to attend a class. So we’ve made the program accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week to make it easy for any student to learn at their own pace.”

The course work includes 14 lessons concentrating on drink preparation and mixology, understanding spirits, beer, wine and other liquors, responsible alcohol service, bartender duties, customer service, teamwork, and guidance in job hunting.

“Employers want talented charismatic bartenders who understand the level of responsibility that comes with the job and how their performance can impact the reputation of a business,” noted Butzine. “Our curriculum focuses not only on comprehensive spirits acumen, but employer expectations and responsible service.”

Graduates of the program earn the Certified Bartender® credential and get access to BAI’s online career center offering access to job seeking tools and discounts on additional certifications through BAI and other industry organizations. The 40-hour course can be started immediately and completed in one to two weeks, depending on student’s pace.

“We advise that students new to bartending start by mastering at least 15 of our different drink groupings as the basis for making 95% of cocktails that are ordered,” states Butzine, adding that Certified Bartender is not a program that simply gives students thousands of drink recipes to memorize. “Learning the standard mix practices first provides the educational scaffolding to create more elaborate cocktails.”

Headquartered in Redondo Beach, CA, Bartenders Association Internationale was founded in 2001 as a member-driven association established to provide benefits and cost-effective training for the workforce in bartending, food service and hospitality.

Students can save $50 on tuition fees by entering the code: newstart2012 in the online registration form at http://www.certifiedbartender.com/get-started.html. The discount is available until March 31, 2012.

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