You would really need to contact your local government on that one. You could also (and it would be much easier), ask a local bartender in your area what, if any, local government requirements he had to satisfy. TIPS certification is just one of the more widely used and acknowledged. Although some areas have no requirements. In short, I can't answer your specific question, but I hope I helped you find an avenue to answer it.
Please let me make clear that this topic was regarding the TIPS certification which has absolutely nothing to do with this Groupon. I don't want to confuse anyone (and I just saw how this might). I did, however, want to address Mel's question.
Bartending College O.
Nov 5, 2012