So you’ve been looking at this job and it says you need an RSA to be considered for the job. Do you actually need one? And for what circumstances?
What is an RSA?
An RSA or Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol is a course you must complete if you’re wanting to work in any place that sells or serves alcohol. This unit is required by law in all Australian states and territories before you can work in a licensed venue.
The RSA will provide you with vital skills and knowledge that will equip you to perform your role at a licensed venue. Through your RSA course you will learn how to act lawfully and professionally in an environment where alcohol is sold or served.
You will learn how to assist customers to drink within a reasonable limit—when to “refuse service”, how to identify customers who’ve drunk past their limit and the penalties associated with irresponsible service of alcohol. You’ll learn what a standard drink is and what that little line you sometimes see on glasses in licensed venues is there for (hint – it’s not what you think!).
Now you might be worried that you’ll have to give up your entire day to a face to face course to complete your RSA course; however, online RSA courses are a great option if you’re looking for a course you can complete in your own time and at your own pace!
Do I actually need an RSA?
If you’re working in a licensed venue or anywhere that retails alcohol, you’ll need an RSA. It’s required by law and you need it from day one to be able to complete your duties – or you and your boss could be hit with a pretty hefty fine (that’s not a very good first day!).
As I mentioned, it will also provide you with a number of important skills which will help you to perform your role at a licensed venue. You’re also going to need an RSA if you work as any of the following
- Food and beverage attendant,
- Retail liquor sales person,
- Winery, brewery and distillery cellar door staff,
- Supplier sales representative,
- Security staff who monitors behaviour,
- Venue licensee.
So Where Do I Get an RSA?
There are a number of places that provide responsible service of alcohol (RSA) training, both in-person and online – so you don’t need to worry about sacrificing your whole day to some boring in-person course! This way you can choose at what pace you learn and at what time.
How Do I tell Who’s a Good Online RSA Provider?
There are a lot of providers available to you who you can complete your RSA online training with. When you’re looking at who’s best for you, you really need to assess how you’re going to use your certification.
It’s important to look at what states and territories the course provider is recognised in. For example, you could be in Queensland and do a course and then realise that, although the course is accepted in the Northern Territory, the course isn’t recognised in Queensland, which means you’ve just wasted your time and money!
Of course, if you’re moving to the Northern Territory and not planning to move for a while, then that course may be the perfect one for you. It’s really just a matter of thinking about how you’re going to use your RSA training and what will work for you.
I’ve Completed My Course – Now What?
Once you have completed your RSA online training and received your statement of attainment you’ve achieved the minimum training requirements – just check your specific state/territories additional training requiremnts – if they have any! You’re gained the skills and knowledge to begin selling and serving alcohol in licensed venues so you can get that job now!