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Ontario Bartending Certification

Ontario Bartending Certification

Ontario Bartender’s License

Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Kitchener, Barrie, and Thunder Bay, Ontario Bartending Schools

The Ontario 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 Ontario 2-Day Bartending Course

Local Bartending Schools (NEBS) has been training greater Ontario-area bartenders since 2010. Our first school opened in Toronto, followed by our downtown Vegas location, our Worcester location, and our Orlando, Florida location. Read What Harvard College Says About Us!

We now offer a two-day, 10-hour bartending course that is held at the Holiday Inn.

The cost of the complete course is only $149.00!

Ontario Bartending Certification Requirements

Ontario 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 Ontario is called, Smart Serve.

Smart Serve is mandatory under ON policy.

    •      • There is no expiration date of the Smart Serve Certification. After passing the exam, you will be able to work in the serving industry for life.
    •      • The course can be taken at any age, but you must be 18 years of age or older to serve liquor.

What is Smart Serve?

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 $40 and go up.

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
Telephone: 416-326-8700 / 1-800-522-2876


Bartending License regulations for sellers and servers in Ontario
ON Dram Shop Laws: Yes
ON Happy Hour Laws: The Province of Ontario 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.

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

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

LBS of Ontario Headquarters
251 Consumers Rd
Suite 1200,
Toronto, ON M2J 4R3

Ontario Certification Online

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

LBS certification is valid throughout Ontario. Ontario 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 Ontario Alcohol Beverage Control Cards (AON) Offered Here

Toronto 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 Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Kitchener, and Thunder 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.