Frequently Asked Questions
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Will I receive a certificate for bartending?
Yes, you will receive professional certification for all bar classes listed on this web site.  The laws of selling alcohol
vary from state to state, but you should be leery of anyone who tells you that certification is a legal requirement in
states that don't require it, like California.  Additionally, there is no such thing as a bartending license.  The
establishment that is selling alcohol must have a state-issued license, but not the bartender.  

How can I learn everything I need to know about bartending in these classes?
"The Business of Bartending" and "Bartending the Easy Way Online" will teach valuable skills that will make you a
superior bartender and a great employee.  Some of these lessons will apply to many situations even beyond the bar.
You will learn customer service skills, speed tips, sales techniques and psychology of the customer.   Additionally,
you will learn the most common recipes and detailed instruction to practice pouring the perfect shot without counting.  
This is all you need to get started.  Why learn a bunch of recipes that you will never use?

Am I guaranteed job placement?
You should be very skeptical of anyone who promises you job placement.  That is not possible.  You may be given
leads, but you will have to get the job on your own.  Additionally, keep in mind that every other student or client will
be given the same leads.  "The Business of Bartending" and "Bartending the Easy Way Online" include thorough
coverage of resumes, how to get experience and job interviews, which is how you will get a job.  You will be given
ideas for leads, but you will have to attend the interview yourself, just like with any other class.  The truth is that
most establishments hire from their files of resumes, not from a bartending school or an ad.

How would this class help me get a job?
Besides giving you the inside on job leads, "The Business of Bartending" and "Bartending the Easy Way Online"
stress customer service, which is actually the most difficult part of bartending.  During her career as a bartender,
Kellie Nicholson usually worked at several bars at the same time.  Thus, she has worked at between 60 and 70
establishments and has managed and hired the staff in many, many bars.  She will teach you what managers look
for in their bar employees.  You will also learn how the bar business works, which makes you a valued employee.  
Very few bartending classes are taught by anyone with such vast experience.

Why are there so many bartenders who have never taken any kind of class?
Bartending requires confidence, intellect, common sense, patience, endurance and multi-tasking skills, which
cannot be taught in any bartending class.  "The Business of Bartending" and "Bartending the Easy Way Online"
will teach you everything you need to know to be a working bartender, if you also have the skills necessary for the
job.  If you can't bartend after this class, 40 hours or even 80 hours in another class will not help.  It is not difficult
for someone with the right skills, but will seem impossible for someone who doesn't have them.  Making cocktails is
the easiest part of bartending.

Can an older person get a job bartending?
You should think about working with a clientele that is near your own age.  Since there are bars for all ages and
skill levels, then anyone should be able to find a job.

How is this class different from others?
Though it is most beneficial to learn all of the drink recipes and to know how to mix the cocktails, that is only a very
small part of becoming a professional bartender.  Memorizing 100 recipes means that you have a good memory,
but won't necessarily make you a great bartender.  In fact, you will most likely only use about 30 recipes regularly.  
Most of the time you will be opening beer, pouring wine and mixing highballs that have only one type of alcohol and
a mixer.

There is so much more involved in working behind the bar and this class focuses on the most important aspects of
bartending in the real world.  Yes, the fun part is mixing the cocktails, but often the principles of the business,
customer service and ethics are overlooked areas of the job.  To be absolutely honest, bartending is a career that
demands great intelligence, quick-thinking, an excellent memory, physical stamina and superior multi-tasking skills.  
These talents cannot be taught in any bartending class.  However, since there are all types of bartending jobs that
require many different levels of skill, anyone can become a bartender.  When researching your choice of bartender
training, keep in mind the factors that are necessary to perform all aspects of the job.  

Steer clear of classes that teach outdated recipes and ways of pouring.  If a school is teaching you to count when
you pour your shots or to hold onto the pour spout with your finger, then they are out of touch with newer,
professional  techniques.  Classes that teach the history of liquor are not bartending classes, as this topic is not
pertinent to working behind the bar.  The information may be good trivia for conversation, but most people have
no interest and it will not help you make money.  

The bottom line is that you want to become a bartender to make money.  This course will also teach you alternative
ways to make money in the bar business and how to start your own bartending service. You are getting so much for
your money when you take these classes.

What if I prefer to learn at my own pace?
You can take "Bartending the Easy Way Online" from a respected community college in your area.  Check the
Class Schedules to find a school near you or sign up online at any of the schools, no matter where you are.  Or
you can take the course directly from this site, see
Online Courses.  As with all of the classes, you will have
homework, but will be taught in detail all you need to know.

Why are these classes so inexpensive?
They are offered through your community colleges and online, so there is very little overhead expense.

Who teaches these classes?
Kellie Nicholson teaches all classes herself.  She created these classes using her 30 years of experience, which
includes many years of management.  She has hired and trained many bartenders.  Bartending instructors should
have years of both bartending and management experience.  It's not enough to know how to make a cocktail.  To
be the best, you must know exactly what managers are looking for when hiring their bartenders.

Are these classes accredited?
The colleges where these classes are taught are accredited, but at this time in California, there is no accreditation
system in place for any individual bartending classes or schools.  This can be verified at
www.chea.org, the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  If a bartending school claims to be accredited, the organization issuing
the accreditation should also be listed.  If it isn't, then ask who issued the accreditation and check it out.  Click on
the link on the site or look up the organization that issued the accreditation for verification.   
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