Bartending Course Registration
Course locations are on campus and will be disclosed to you once you have completed your registration. Please note that all dates offer identical courses.
Bartending Course ONLY $129
TIPS Course ONLY $79
Optional Bartending Kit $30
Remaining Spring 2012 Dates:
Saturday, March 31, 2012
How to Register
(1) Submit your payment online by adding desired items to your cart, then check out.
(2) Students seeking to pay with bursar should email email@example.com and simply type "PSA Bartending Registration Form" in the subject to receive the bursar application. You may email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or walk in your application to our PSA store on the 1st floor of Willams Hall, Room 117.
(1) Complete the form at the bottom of this page.
PSA accepts Visa, Mastercard, Amex, personal check, Penncash, Bursar and budget code. You may also use the "add to cart" links below to sign up.
Please read carefully below before placing your order and emailing with questions.
How much does the course cost?
$129 for the 4 hour course
$179 for the 4 hour course + TIPS course
$79 for the TIPS course
When is the course offered?
There are three bartending and TIPS courses per semester. Each student must only take each course once.
Date Bartending Courses TIPS Courses
Saturday, February 11, 2012 10AM-2PM 3PM-6PM
Saturday, March 31, 2012 10AM-2PM 3PM-6PM
How old do I have to be to sign up?
18 years or older.
Who teaches the course?
A bartending professional from the Mainline Center for Bartending runs both the bartending course and the TIPS course http://www.mainlinebartending.com
How do I register and pay for the course?
Both can be done online. Please go to www.pennstudentagencies.com -->agencies --> bartending, and see the instructions under the "how to register" portion of the page.
In addition, you can pay for the course via credit card, cash, check, PennCash, or Bursar. The PSA Store will accept these payments for the course, and is located at Room 117 Williams Hall, and is open M-F 10AM-6PM.
Do you need a license to bartend?
No. In the state of Pennsylvania, a bartender just has to be 18 years or older! However, owners of establishments that serve alcohol highly recommend and desire that their bartenders have a TIPS certificate, which can be obtained by taking the TIPS course offered.
What is the TIPS Course?
Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) is a nationally recognized alcohol awareness program. It is a course for the education and training for responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. It is highly advisable for all graduate bartenders to enroll in this course in order to get the best jobs in any clubs, restaurants, or bars. It is often required that servers and bartenders come in as a TIPs certified professional. Many venues will not entertain applicants without their TIPs certification.
Do you use real alcohol in the course?
Yes! We teach the course mainly with false liquors to get you accustomed to pouring, mixing, shaking, and general familiarity behind the bar. If you provide proof of age, there will be various points throughout the course where you can practice making a real drink.
We wholly keep in line with the University's undergraduate alcohol policy, the amount of alcohol available at an event cannot exceed a ratio of more than four (4) alcoholic drinks per of-age person [21yrs and above] attending the event. One drink = 12oz. of premium beer (alcohol content of less than 6% by volume) or 4-5oz. of (unfortified) table wine or a standard serving size wine cooler (usually 10oz.). More information can be found at: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/alcohol/policy2.php
How old do I have to be to bartend in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania you must be 18 to bartend and 21 to drink.
Do you help with job placement?
We have recently begun a formal job placement program! Penn students who opt to take an elective test and score a certain percentage or higher will move on to become employed with PSA. There are regular bartending jobs both on and off campus. When clients seeking bartenders contact us, you can sign up for the job, it's that simple!
Do I have to be a UPenn Student to take the classes?
No, our classes are open to anyone and everyone interested in learning how to bartend. We are located on UPenn's Campus, so we are close to anyone in the greater Philadelphia area.
I'm not sure I want to be a professional bartender, but I'd love to learn more about mixology!
Well then our class is perfect for you. Our price is low enough for people interested in gaining personal knowledge as well as those looking to find employment afterwards.
Questions not answered?
Email Jim, the PSA Bartending Manager, at email@example.com .
PSA Bartending Refund Policy
Penn Student Agencies does not provide refunds for bartending classes or the TIPS course.
About The Main Line Center
The Main Line Center for Bartending is a state licensed school located in Philadelphia (Manayunk). MLCB is only a 20 minute train ride, via the R6 from 30th Street Station. Those who wish to complete the 40-hour course will learn everything necessary to work behind any full service bar, and will be provided with on the job training as well as job placement assistance. Discounts will be provided to those who complete the PSA Bartending Course. To learn more about the Main Line Center for Bartending, please visit them online at www.mainlinebartending.com.