Serving It Right and Special Event Server

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.

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

How do I get a Serving It Right certificate?

You can become certified by taking the SIR course and passing an exam. After September 30, the course can be taken online and can be found at www.responsibleservicebc.gov.bc.ca. Please note, this website may be best experienced using Chrome or Firefox.

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 paper copy of the course material and exam will be available closer to the end of October.

More information

Please visit the course for more information about responsible beverage service and to get certified.

You can also contact the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch at LCRBLiquorPolicy@gov.bc.ca