Bartending

Certificate Program    Approved for WIA funding.

Be Safe

Make Money  

Get S.M.A.R.T.

Bartending offers an opportunity to start a new career or a chance to supplement your income with a part time position.  This 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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: Founders
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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