Bartender’s Union Local 165 Bar Apprentice Training Program Curriculum
Objectives: To educate Apprentice Bartenders, Bartenders and Beverage Managers in all aspects of the Craft including:
• Various laws and health regulations as they pertain to bartending in Las Vegas, as well as the relevance of policies and procedures to our craft.
• Customer service skills.
• Proper handling, storage, and serving techniques, with practice in pouring various measures of product.
• Memorizing approximately 300 drink recipes from the Union Drink Book.
• Product knowledge including the “ground-to-glass” history and production methods of beverage alcohol.
• History of and current trends/issues related to our Craft.
• Understanding the equipment and procedures utilized in the Craft.
• Instilling and nurturing the passion for and understanding of the mastery of the Craft, which is a lifetime endeavor.
Course Structure: Trainees register for a specific class session, which meets two consecutive days per week, for a total of twenty weeks. Each class is three hours, for a total of six hours per week. Upon completion of the course, a Verbal and Written Final Craft Examination will be administered. Both the Verbal and the Written Final Craft Exam must be passed, or the Trainee is required to repeat the entire course.
Methods: Each class consists of a combination of lecture, reading, practice drills, demonstrations, films, and discussions. In addition, visits to a local brewery, distillery and wine school are included, as well as a basic wine tasting.
The course is divided into four Units:
1. Bartending and Cocktails – 4 weeks
2. Spirits/Product Knowledge – 5 weeks
3. Beer – 4 weeks
4. Wine – 7 weeks
Each Unit is followed by a Unit Practice Test.
For further review and preparation, a Final Practice Test is given one week prior to the Final Craft Examination.
Materials: Course Manual: includes course regulations, schedule and various informational packets augmented during the course.
Text: The Sommelier Prep Course: An Introduction to the Wines, Beers, and Spirits of the World, Michael Gibson. (468 pp). 2010 John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
Additionally, Trainees use the Total Wine and More Guide to Wine (Spirits and Beer) as a supplement to the text, and receive pertinent handouts throughout the course.