Public Health Units can help address alcohol abuse issues on a community level by giving establishments and servers the tools to identify potential underage customers, false IDs and common signs of over consumption. Together, we can help make new headlines for North Dakota.

Implementing RBS Training In Your Community
The NDSC will work with you to establish an RBS program in your area.

First steps may include:

  • Identify potential RBS trainers
  • Schedule an RBS Train-the-Trainer session
  • Consider partnering with other Public Health Units for cost-effectiveness
  • Determine RBS Basic Server course training schedule for your area
  • Establish community support and buy-in from local liquor establishments

Plus, the NDSC has helpful resources and information to support your conversations with your city commission, business owners and community members.


Completion of RBS training will give trainees the tools to identify potential underage customers, false IDs and common signs of overconsumption. RBS certified managers, servers and sellers will: understand the effects and consequences of alcohol use and abuse; recognize the importance of implementing and upholding local laws and business policies that prevent underage and binge drinking; be prepared to handle situations where these laws and policies are challenged, and; promote the overall health and safety of their patrons by providing responsible customer service.

Being a part of a business – employee, server or owner – grants you the responsibility to be educated in preventing alcohol abuse and underage drinking. It protects both the establishment and employees from liability concerns, and the customers from the dangers of irresponsible alcohol consumption.

Every server, owner, manager of an establishment who serves or sells alcohol can benefit from this training.

Training costs vary. To learn more, contact the NDSC.

Currently, it is not a legal requirement at the state level. However, many communities have ordinances that require server training for liquor establishments to obtain and secure a liquor license.

In 2015, Governor Dalrymple signed House Bill 1416 into law, reducing the liability of retail alcohol licensees when their employees complete an alcohol server training such as the NDSC’s RBS program. Click here to learn more.

The certifications for the Basic Server, Large Event and Owner/Manager trainings are only valid for three years. After three years a refresher course will need to be completed. Trainer Certification acquired through the RBS Train-the-Trainer program does not expire.

Contact the NDSC to learn more about trainings in your area or to set up a training session.

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All trainees who successfully complete an RBS training course will receive a wallet card on site at the training. You may also call the North Dakota Safety Council to see if the employee is listed in our RBS Database.

Yes. The RBS Train-the-Trainer program qualifies for 6 POST credits in North Dakota.

Kathy Zander
Community Safety Manager

ph: (701) 223-6372
tf: (800) 932-8890
dl: (701) 751-6105