$209 for Hands-On Bartending Course with Certification at National Bartenders Bartending School ($495 Value)

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Amateurs get certification in bartending before receiving job-placement assistance from a school with an A+ BBB rating

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$209 for 40-Hour Bartending Course with Certification ($495 Value)

Monday–Friday classes are available in any of the following sessions:

  • One week of classes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Two weeks of classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Wilshire Boulevard location also holds Saturday classes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students who miss a scheduled class during the week. Learn how to mix, stir, and shake inside the facility under the tutelage of experienced instructors in a fully operational bar setting. Burgeoning drink slingers learn the basics of alcoholic alchemy, blending liquors and mixers in more than 200 recipes. Serious bartenders-to-be partake in 40 knowledge-soaked hours of extensive training and hands-on practice that cover all aspects of tending bar, from setup and maintenance to cutting off customers and taking the jukebox off shuffle. Speed techniques and cash-handling procedures help newbies meet the demands of a fast-paced job, and profit pouring also allows them to rake in tips quicker. Additionally, the in-depth course covers wine distinctability, draft pouring, and keg tapping, all culminating in the bestowal of a bartending certification, which can help land a job at a real-life bar occupied by Cliff Clavin impersonators.

National Bartender School

From garnishing a perfectly poured martini to doling out rounds of drinks quickly and efficiently, the experienced instructors at National Bartender School possess all the tips, tricks, and tools to succeed in the bartending trade. With years of industry experience under their belts, these knowledgeable spirits sages guide pupils through certification courses that cover every aspect of the job. Under their supervision, students learn to craft more than 200 cocktails, handle transactions, and practice the art of the upsell without breaking a sweat or bottle of 50-year-old scotch. Free refresher courses and job-placement assistance keep students on track even after school is through. For more focused pursuits, National Bartender School also hosts classes in specialty fields such as flair bartending and bar management.

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