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About this course

Knowing how to successfully run a bar is your passport to finding employment anywhere in the world.

Let’s face it, many people look for bar work because:

  • It’s a fun and flexible way to make money.
  • You get to meet new people all the time.
  • The tips can easily double your pay (good going when you consider the average bartender salary in the US is $20,212).
  • Anything can - and will - happen when you’re dealing with the public every day.
  • It’s a world away from a 9-5 desk job (yawn!).

There’s always a demand for good bartenders. But there’s a lot of competition too.

Having an internationally-recognized certificate in your pocket will open doors for you.

Learn how to serve barista coffees that tempt people through the door. Captivate your audience with your slick and confident cocktail making. Know how to put a smile on your customers’ faces.

You’ll earn great tips by knowing how to run a bar smoothly. And ensure you get the best jobs in the most popular bars, clubs, hotels and stadiums. With your bartending knowledge, you’ll be far too good for those dead-end jobs in dingy bars where nobody knows your name.

Whether you’re looking for a career as a bartender or part-time work to earn extra money, our online bartending course gives you the skills you need to nail the interview and be employed.

Uncork this flexible online course, and get ready to be shaken and stirred into an exciting new world.

What you'll learn

During this course, you’ll get the answers to all the important questions like:

  • How do different whiskeys differ?
  • What shaking techniques suit which cocktails?
  • How can I master free pouring and get quantities right?
  • Why is tequila different from other alcohols?
  • How do I look after the beers and manage the cellar?
  • What do I need to know about serving alcohol responsibly?
  • How do I set up my bar properly?
  • What water to coffee ratios do I use for different coffees?
  • What’s the perfect temperature for brewing?
  • What grind settings do I use and when?
  • How can I make sure it’s a superb cup of coffee and not just average?

Who is this course for?

  • Existing bartenders who want to broaden their knowledge and serve their customers better.
  • If you’re looking for a bar job, this certificate course will prove to potential employers that you’re keen to learn.
  • Students looking for fun ways to fund their studies or earn extra money.
  • Anyone looking for seasonal work at festivals, sporting events or working abroad.
  • People working in event management or hospitality who want to broaden their knowledge of the industry.
  • Event organizers who want to be confident that their bar is run properly.
  • Anyone thinking about owning a bar or nightclub.
  • Anyone eager to travel anywhere in the world. With this universal training in the back pocket, you can explore anywhere your heart desires and work as you go.
  • People looking to move up the ladder in their current employment by impressing management with your newfound knowledge.

How will it help me?

With your newfound bartending knowledge, you’ll:

  • Look and feel confident because you understand your role as a bartender.
  • Be able to communicate with customers with your barista, cocktail and liquor knowhow.
  • Have an accredited certificate course to put on your resume and show to employers.
  • Be able to accurately and confidently answer your interview questions to nail the best jobs.

Career path

  • Whether you’re looking for your first bar job or promotion in the bar industry, this course will give you the knowledge to succeed.
  • You’ll have the barista skills to work in any coffee shop or hotel.
  • Students looking for part-time work or holiday jobs will get ahead of the competition with this accredited certificate course.
  • Become a more polished bartender and barista (and earn more tips from grateful customers!).

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No formal qualifications are required to study with us.


  • This course is CPD/CE accredited. CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.
  • ICOES (International Council for Online Educational Standards) accredited.

Receive your certificate in 4 simple steps

  • Register

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process.

  • Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device.

  • Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module.

  • Certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

Course breakdown

Module 1: Before You Start – Tools And Set Up
  • Bartending tools
  • Setting up
  • Essential bar supplies
Module 2: Setting The Stage For Stylish Bartending
  • Storing and serving
  • Hygiene and safety
  • Garnishes and mixers
  • Style and presentation tips
Module 3: Mixology And Pouring
  • Mixology - Shaking, Mixing, Layering, Blending, Stirring, Straining, Dry Shaking, Muddling, Throwing & Building and Jigger
  • technique
  • Pouring techniques and free pouring
Module 4: Responsibility And Flair
  • Cash register
  • Customer service
  • Responsible serving of alcohol
  • Flair bartending
Module 5: Know Your Drinks – Liquors, Liqueurs, Whiskeys, Brandies
  • Liquors
  • Liqueurs
  • Whiskey – history and how it’s mad
  • Types of whiskey – American, Canadian, Irish
  • Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac
Module 6: Know Your Drinks – Wine, Beer, Tequila And More
  • Vodka, Gin, Rum and Scotch whiskey
  • Tequila and Mezcal
  • Wine, port, sherry and vermouth
  • Beer – keg and cellar management
Module 7: Know Your Drinks – Creams, Sours, Martinis And More
  • Aperitifs
  • Two liquor drinks
  • Cream drinks
  • Sour drinks
  • Martinis/manhattans
Module 8: Know Your Drinks – Hot, Exotic, Highball And More.
  • Highball and juice
  • Exotic drinks
  • Hot drink
  • Shooter drinks
  • Cocktail recipes
Module 9: Origin And Cultivation Of Coffee
  • A look at the coffee bean and its journey to our cups.
  • Coffee varietals, cultivars and hybrids.
  • How coffee is harvested and processed.
  • Roasting techniques
  • What happens to taste and quality through processing
Module 10: Preparing To Brew
  • Introduction to brewing methods
  • Tasting tips
  • How to prepare your coffee machine
  • Setting your grinder.
  • How temperature and humidity affect coffee grinding.
  • Filing the handle and tamping the grinds.
Module 11: Grinding And Espresso
  • A close look at the grinder
  • Cleaning your coffee machine
  • Storing coffee and why it matters
  • Single bean or blended?
  • Espresso trends and shots
  • Espresso brew ratios
Module 12: Cream It Up
  • Does your crema measure up?
  • The science of milk and how it changes coffee
  • Steaming, frothing and giving texture to milk
  • Choosing your jug and pouring freely
  • Being creative with latte
  • Coffee menu – Americano, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Mocha etc.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated September 16, 2019
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