This article answers the following FAQs about becoming TABC certified:

  • The nature of online TABC certification
  • How long TABC certification process takes 
  • How long individual TABC certification is valid
  • Who can become TABC certified
  • What happens if you don’t pass the course
  • Other prerequisites for TABC certification

Are you looking to begin the TABC certification process? If this is your first time, you might have some questions about exactly what it takes for you to get your TABC license in Dallas, Texas

With this in mind, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LaBarba Permit Service about TABC licensure.

LaBarba Permit Service helps companies navigate and obtain the correct TABC license and liquor permits for their establishment to operate or hold an  or event. If you are a prospective owner/operator, click the following linked article to read the basics of obtaining a liquor license in Texas.  Continue reading below to learn about the TABC certification process for individual sellers & servers. 

Alcohol sellers and servers become TABC certified as their individual compliance. The certification program teaches them current Texas liquor laws, the dos and don’ts of selling and serving alcohol, any legal action they could face if caught distributing alcoholic beverages to minors, and so much more.  If you are new to the businessend of the food and beverage industry—or you are getting back into the game after some time away—you may find this list of frequently asked questions about the TABC certification process helpful.

Even if you’ve gone through the TABC certification process before, it’s worth getting a refresher about what you can expect so you’re able to go through the training program as efficiently as possible.  With this in mind, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at LaBarba Permit Service about becoming TABC certified.

Q: Do I need to take the entire Texas TABC online certification course in a single sitting?

A: If you choose to take the online TABC certification course, you have the option to login and save your progress. So you are able to take as many breaks as you’d like while you’re taking the course. However, it is important to make sure you complete modules before logging out, or else your progress will be lost and you may have to go back and redo a lot of your work. Progress only saves in the course after the completion of these modules. You can expect the course to last two hours or more.

Q: What technical/hardware requirements are there for the online certification course?

A: Audio is required for the online TABC certification course, because the program consists mainly of videos. You must be able to hear these videos to learn the course material and be able to pass the course. If you do not have a printer to print out your TABC certificate, this is not a problem—you’ll have a certification card automatically mailed to you after the final exam. With regard to internet browsers, we recommend using Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge, but Firefox and Safari are also compatible. We do not recommend using Google Chrome.

Q: I’m a minor. Am I allowed to take this course?

A:Yes. The state of Texas does not have any age restrictions for taking the TABC certification course to become a certified alcohol seller or server.

Q: What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

A: Upon completion of the course, you must score at least 70 percent on the final exam, which consists of 25 multiple choice questions. Failure to achieve at least 70 percent will result in your being required to retake the entire course.

Q: How long is my certification valid?

A: Your TABC certification will be valid for at least two years after you complete the training. You will then be required to retake the course and pass the exam once again. There is no way to “test out” of the course just because you’ve passed it once (or multiple times) before.

Q: What other requirements exist for me to become certified?

A: There are no major requirements to be aware of—you do not need to meet a minimum age and there are no criminal background requirements to become TABC certified. While your age or criminal history might prevent a company from hiring you, it will not prevent you from becoming a certified seller in Texas.

For more information about becoming TABC certified or obtaining a TABC license in Dallas, TX, contact the experts at LaBarba Permit Service today.