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If you're looking for an opportunity to start a new career or the chance to supplement your income with a part-time position. NVCC's professional bartending course includes the state and national S.M.A.R.T. certification (Servers and Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training) recognized by the Connecticut Department of Liquor Control and police departments. 

Program Overview

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be qualified to work in any environment that serves liquor, including restaurants, clubs, hotels, and catering companies. Students receive a certificate of completion and the S.M.A.R.T. certification. This is a great industry and an exciting profession. S.M.A.R.T. Bartending is designed to put personality and finesse back into the bartending industry and help you develop skills to make you feel confident and comfortable.

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.



Bartending Certificate Program

Students will learn to make more than 100 drinks from gin-and-tonics to daiquiris. Instruction focuses on opening and closing procedures, product knowledge, speed of preparation, and people skills. Servers of alcohol are taught to serve responsibly, how to spot signs of intoxication and how to respond appropriately.  No alcohol is served is this course.  Cost includes the book and materials.  Bring your lunch

Course Schedule

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

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Important Information

Important Information

What should I know before I register for this course?
  • Students should be a minimum of 18 years old. 
  • No alcohol is used or served in this course. 
  • Bring your lunch. 
  • Instructional materials are included in the cost of the course and will be provided in class. 
  • Students should also bring something to write with.

Registration Information

Course Registration

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) reports the average annual income for a Bartender is $20,695. The CTDOL lists Bartenders as an In Demand Openings job and states employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster tha average, and the number of annual opening will offer very good job opportunities.

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