TABC Certification

TABC stands for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. This is a commission established by the state to administer, oversee and enforce the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and all related laws and regulations including Seller Training or TABC Certification.

TABC strongly encourages all sellers, servers and managers to complete approved training to help better understand the laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages and prevent the selling to minors, intoxicated individuals and non-members of a private club.

Employer Responsibilities

What reasons and benefits would the employer have to ensure TABC certification is completed?

Employees or future employees will learn the laws concerning the sale and service to minors and intoxicated customers, well as techniques for intervention to ensure that sales are not made to minors or intoxicated customers.

Safe Harbor

TABC will not take administrative action against a license/permit when an employee sells or serves an alcoholic beverage to a minor or intoxicated customer, as long as:

  • The person selling is not the owner or an officer of the company;
  • The person selling holds a current seller-server training certificate from a TABC approved school;
  • All employees engaged in the sale, service, or delivery of alcoholic beverages, as well as their immediate managers, are certified within 30 days of their hire date;
  • The employer has written policies for responsible alcohol service and ensures that each employee has read and understands these policies;
  • The employer does not directly or indirectly encourage the employee to violate the law; and
  • There are not more than three of these type of violations within a twelve month period.

If your employee participates in an illegal sale of alcohol, they will most likely be arrested. However, your permit and license will not incur any administrative action from the TABC.

Who must attend the training?

Any employee who "sells, serves, dispenses, or delivers alcoholic beverages under the authority of a license or permit, including persons who immediately manage, direct, supervise, or control the sale or service of alcoholic beverages."

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