Bartending Courses


BSA offers professionally run bartending classes right on campus in The Underground, offering full TIPS certification that is valid nationwide! In addition, participants receive a book of recipes for drinks and advice. This course is offered in partnership with the Student Activities Office (SAO).

If you intend to work as an official on-campus SAO bartender in the future, you must file an I-9 form before course registration begins. Information about filing an I-9 can be found here. Students registered for the course are not required to bartend events*, but are highly encouraged to do so!

*Working at an SAO-registered event as an official bartender is a paid opportunity. However, note that RISD students may not bartend Brown University events.

Fall '17 Sessions:

Session 1: Sep 30-Oct 1
Session 2: Oct 21-22
Session 3: Nov 4-5
Session 4: Nov 11-12
Session 5: Dec 2-3

Spring '18 Sessions:

Session 1: Feb 10-11
Session 2: Mar 3-4
Session 3: Mar 10-11

Eligibility: This course is available to Brown students over the age 18.

Course Fee: $100

Each course consists of 14 students. To register, look out for registration instructions in Today@Brown a couple of weeks prior to the course. The first 14 students to pay the $100 fee for the course on Brown Marketplace will have their place secured in the class. After making the payment, you will receive a confirmation email for the course within a week with more details about the class.

All payments are non-refundable.

Course Details:
Each course consists of two classes on Saturday and Sunday. Each full day class lasts from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Participants earn full TIPS certification, valid nationwide, upon completion of the course. Certified bartenders can be placed on a mailing list to officially bartend Brown University events (and get paid!).