Though a lot people drink alcohol recreationally, too much alcohol can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, most states have enacted laws that are meant to protect patrons and bartenders from the problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption. The state of Washington, for example, requires all bartenders to go through a special course known as Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST).
What is a MAST license?
A MAST license is a special permit issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. By obtaining a MAST license, an employee proves that he or she has the learned all about the physiological effects of alcohol, the dangers of drunk driving, interacting with problem customers, and more.
Who should obtain one?
Washington requires all alcohol servers to obtain a MAST license. This includes bartenders, bar backs, servers, managers, liquor store clerks, and others. There are two different MAST certifications: the class 12 mixologist permit, which can be obtained by servers over the age of 21; and the class 13 mixologist permit, which is available for servers 18 and older. The only difference between the two is that a server with a class 13 permit cannot mix alcohol nor draw wine or beer from a tap.
How do I become certified?
In order to earn a MAST license, all you have to do is take an approximately three-hour online course from the Professional Bartending Schools of America. You can stop and resume the course whenever you want, and take all the time you need to complete it. You should receive your class 12 or 13 permit within ten business days of completing the online course.
If you’re seriously considering becoming a bartender in Washington, you’ll need to obtain your MAST license. Of course, being a good bartender requires a lot more than a three-hour course—in order to become skilled at pouring and mixing drinks, you’ll need to be trained at one of the Professional Bartending Schools of America. Call us today at (513) 542-3500, and take one step closer to an excellent career opportunity.