By: Jen Jones
There are many different bartending schools all across the country. Choosing the right school is a matter of finding the right fit to suit one's needs and any other factors, such as location, that must be considered when deciding upon a school. However, before making that choice, one must know a few facts about bartender schools.
All bartending schools have at least one requirement: students must be the state's minimum age, either 18 or 21, depending on the state, in order to attend bartending school. Those who wish to be certified will have to go to school. Prospective bartenders must also have good charisma, communication, and interactive skills. They must also know how to order supplies and perform other management tasks.
Of course, knowing how to mix and prepare drinks is a huge part of becoming a bartender. However, there are many other potential benefits to this profession. Hours may be flexible and there may be opportunities to travel for special jobs. Furthermore, there always seems to be a demand for bartenders, so the profession is relatively secure.
Another benefit to choosing a bartending school is that courses are typically short and inexpensive. A two to four week course may cost on average between $250 and $500. Online classes may cost even less. There are also classes that cost closer to $1000, but this will depend upon the location as well as the school. Furthermore, there may be additional costs for materials needed for class. Those who are lucky may even find a company that offers free classes.
Sometimes a license is not required in order to become a bartender, but having one makes a job applicant competitive. Those who plan on receiving certification will need to acquire a license. States that require bartenders to be certified will have to go to a school approved by state jurisdiction.
When selecting a school, it is important to understand there are different levels of this job. Smaller establishments that go at a slow pace may be better for a beginner. Restaurants and bars are an intermediate position while larger establishments such as casinos and nightclubs offer a faster pace and more excitement.
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