Serving It Right and Special Event Server

As per the Food Primary Terms and Conditions Handbook: Effective September 15, 2020, servers holding Serving It Right certificates with no expiry date must re-certify.

What is Serving It Right?

Serving It Right (SIR) is British Columbia’s mandatory responsible beverage service training program that educates liquor licensees, managers and servers about the responsible sale and service of alcohol.

Please note that if you do not have SIR certification, the completion of Special Event Server (SES) training is required for Special Event Permit (SEP) holders and managers of events with under 500 attendees and all SEP servers (paid or unpaid), regardless of the size or type of SEP.

Who needs Serving It Right?

Generally, all licensees and those who sell or serve alcohol or supervise its sale or service are required to complete the Serving It Right program.

Licensees, managers and staff must have a SIR certificate prior to working in a licensed establishment. SIR certification is not necessary to get a liquor licence, but it is an operating requirement.

Whether you need a SIR certificate generally depends on the type of liquor licence you have. Review the relevant terms and conditions handbook or visit the Serving It Right website for further details.

Exemptions from Special Event Service Training

  • Foreign representatives of foreign liquor manufacturers who serve liquor in B.C. are exempt provided they are under the supervision of someone with SIR or SES certification.
  • Special event permit holders and managers of small events (fewer than 500 people) holding valid SIR equivalent certificates from other provinces/territories (such as ProServe in Alberta, Serve It Right in Saskatchewan, etc.) are exempt from the SES requirement. 
  • Servers who hold the equivalent of a SIR certificate from another province/territory (ProServe in Alberta, Serve It Right in Saskatchewan, etc.) are exempt from the requirement. If the certificate does not have an expiry date, the certificate will be deemed to have expired on September 15, 2020, or 5 years from issuance, whichever is later.

How do I get a Serving It Right certificate?

You can become certified by taking the SIR course and passing an exam. The course can be taken online and can be found at

The online program allows you to receive your test results immediately. Upon passing the course, you can print your SIR certificate right away. The cost is $35.00. A PDF version of the course material is available on the website.

Please note that due to a recent ruling by the Canada Revenue Agency, GST must be applied to the Serving it Right and Special Event Server training programs. 

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