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Nova Scotia Bartending Certification

Nova Scotia Bartending Certification

Nova Scotia Bartender’s License

Halifax, Cape Brexton, Truro, New Glasgow, and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Bartending Schools

The Nova Scotia Bartending Course is held once each month and this class fills up quickly! To learn more about starting dates and how you can enroll, please call, email, or fill out the request information form today!

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About Our Nova Scotia 4-Day Bartending Course

Since 2010, Local Bartending Schools (NEBS) has been training bartenders in the greater Nova Scotia area. Our journey began in Halifax, and we have since expanded to locations including downtown Vegas, Worcester, and Orlando, Florida. Read what the Harvard Review says about us!

We now offer a four-day, 18-hour bartending course at the Holiday Inn for only $449.00.

In addition to this course, we provide a variety of other programs such as the Hands-on Mixology Elite Course, Bartending 101, and Bartending 201. We also offer online programs, group classes, and in-person lessons tailored to local Nova Scotia areas including Halifax, Dartmouth, and Sydney.

To discuss pricing, schedule, and availability of these programs, please contact your local Nova Scotia representative.

Nova Scotia Bartending Certification Requirements

Nova Scotia does not have a Provincial law regulating the legal age an individual needs to be to consume, sell, or serve alcoholic beverages.   The name of the certificate in Nova Scotia is called, It’s Good Business: Responsible Beverage Service.

It’s Good Business is not mandatory under NS policy.

    •      • There is no expiration date of the It’s Good Business Certification.
    •      • The course/ test takes roughly 5 hours to complete

What is It’s Good Business?

Service in Action is a three-part program.

  1. An online study course
  2. Secondly, an official exam
  3. Lastly, a Certificate is received immediately after passing

The online course only has liquor responsibility training. The costs of this program $46 and go up.

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia
6589 Chebucto Rd., Suite 201
Halifax, NS B3L 1L9


Bartending License regulations for sellers and servers in Nova Scotia
NS Dram Shop Laws: Yes
NS Happy Hour Laws: The Province of Nova Scotia does not have Province-wide Happy Hour Prohibitions. Such laws may exist in your city or county. Check with your local jurisdiction for any restrictions.

Nova Scotia Province law requires all bars to close by 2:00 AM. (Some municipalities require an earlier closing.)

Within Nova Scotia, the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages is 21.

LBS of Nova Scotia Headquarters
Purdy’s Wharf Tower 1,
1959 Upper Water Street,
Suite 1301,
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2

Nova Scotia Certification Online

Courses may be taken online. However, an in-person final exam will be followed by a proctor.

LBS certification is valid throughout Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia accepts our online certification. The control board does not require a proctored exam, which means you don’t have to sit in front of a person to take the test. The test will take about half an hour. Additional proctoring fees apply. These fees are not included in the cost of the course.

On-Premise and Off-Premise Nova Scotia Alcohol Beverage Control Cards (AON) Offered Here

Halifax requires all servers to be trained and requires all servers have an Alcohol Education Card. Many non-serving positions will also require a card even if you are not serving alcohol. Just being in the same establishment can be enough of a reason to get a card. Training is optional in all other counties, but a proctor is required to get the hard plastic Alcohol Education card.

Our students sit at the bar and watch our qualified instructors prepare and explain each drink in front of them. Our students then spend the rest of their class making the drinks behind an actual bar under the close supervision of our instructors.

Not in Halifax, Cape Brexton, Truro, New Glasgow, and Glace Bay?
Our mobile instructors will drive to your home. Our teachers will bring all of the equipment to you. Full certification is available through our mobile bartending school.