Q: What is BASSET and what does it mean?
A: BASSET stands for Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is the licensing and regulatory authority for all seller/server training programs in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) licenses, approves and administers seller/server training programs that are recognized as a BASSET approved program. Visit the BASSET Program page for more information about Illinois’ responsible beverage service program.
Q: I lost my BASSET card, how do I get a replacement card?
A: Email the ILCC BASSET program at REV.ILCC.Basset@illinois.gov and have proof of identification to verify certification through a licensed BASSET provider. Those trained by a BASSET-approved provider since May 2015 can print their own card via the BASSET Card Lookup web feature.
Q: Our employees are still having difficulty determining the age of customers from their I.D. What can I do?
A: The first step in preventing underage sales is to ask for an ID. If the customer does not have an ID - then don’t sell. The Illinois driver’s license and state ID formats make the determination of a customter's age relatively easy. If an ID has a vertical orientation it means the individual is considered a minor for alcohol and/or tobacco. Look on the side of their photo, and the date the individual turns 18 and/or 21 is shown. Most importantly, make sure you make a determination that the person in the ID photo is the person handing you the ID. To learn more about how to properly check ID’s, plan on enrolling you and your employees in a BASSET class. Visit the BASSET Program page on this website to learn more about this program.
Q: Is BASSET training mandatory?
A: On July 1, 2015, a new state law took effect requiring all servers and bouncers (ie, those required to check identification for the purchase of alcohol) in Cook County on-premise establishments (bars, restaurants, banquet halls) to take BASSET every three years. Additionally, alcohol servers in the rest of the state will also be required to successfully complete BASSET in the coming years (click on Required Training Dates for more details). Please also note that over 200 local liquor license authorities have already established specific training requirements more stringent than the above state law as a condition for proper licensing or employment. It is the responsibility of all Illinois liquor license holders and staff to be aware of state and local liquor laws, rules, and regulations. Licensees and servers can visit the Local Survey page or call the village hall in the municipality they are operating to see if they are required to have BASSET training. Many independent businesses and corporate chains may require their employees to be BASSET certified.
Q: What will I learn in a BASSET class?
A: State-licensed BASSET programs provide training in areas ranging from prevention/intervention strategies to age-verification techniques. Participants will know how to recognize when a patron is intoxicated and has been over served. Servers will be taught behavioral cues and signs to spot when someone is intoxicated. They will be taught what to say and how to handle an intoxicated patron to discontinue service of alcohol at a liquor establishment. Training programs properly instruct sellers/servers regarding age-verification techniques, which can deter underage sales and service.
Q: What are the objectives of the BASSET Program?
A: The objectives of the BASSET program are to adequately train and educate sellers and servers to serve alcohol responsibly. By properly training the alcoholic beverage industry through BASSET programs, the number of drunk driving fatalities could decrease, and can reduce sales and service to minors. Ultimately, seller/server training will keep liquor establishments and communities safer.
Q: What is the required length of a BASSET class?
A: For on-premise establishments (bars, restaurants, taverns, night clubs and banquet halls), BASSET training is 4 hours long. For off-premise establishments (grocery stores, convenient stores, gas stations and liquor stores), training must be at least 3 hours in length.
Q: How much does BASSET training cost and who pays?
A: Cost of training varies since it is left up to the free market. Licensed BASSET providers can charge as much as $50 or more for training, which can be paid by the seller/server or the business owner.
Q: Do I get a card or certificate after I complete a BASSET class?
A: The licensed BASSET provider is required to issue a temporary certificate of completion upon passage of the examination. Licensed BASSET providers must send a roster to the ILCC to grant state-issued BASSET cards to participants. It is prerogative of the licensed BASSET provider, participant, or employer to request where they want their state-issued BASSET card sent.
Q: How long is certification good for and do I have to be recertified?
A: As of July 1, 2015, BASSET cards are good for three years from the date of issuance.
For example, a BASSET cardholder who was certified on May 15, 2014 would need to renew by May 15, 2017.
Q: Will I get reduced insurance rates if I send my staff to BASSET training?
A: There are some insurance companies that will reduce your liquor liability if your entire staff is BASSET trained.
Q: Who provides BASSET classes in Illinois and how do I enroll in a class?
A: There are over 200 licensed BASSET providers throughout Illinois. Licensed BASSET providers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Trainers consist of independent contractors, businesses, hotel/restaurant chains, police departments, insurance agencies, colleges, and universities. To view the complete list and sign up for a class, please visit the Licensed BASSET Providers web page.
Q: How do I become a BASSET trainer?
A: In order to conduct seller/server training in the state of Illinois, an entity or individual must have a BASSET license. A person must complete an instructor training course and pass an exam. When the instructor training is completed, application for a BASSET license must be filled out and accompanied by a check for $350.00. Enclosed must be a copy of your certificate and course materials. The instructor training programs on the ILCC website have an affidavit that must be filled out and notarized in lieu of sending the course materials. The BASSET license is good for one year, and a renewal notice will be sent seven weeks prior to expiration. Click on BASSET License to download an application.
Q: Can I take the training online?
A: There are online training program available on our website, however some Illinois municipalities may not accept online programs. Check with your local ordinances first. It is recommended to enroll in a live classroom the first time taking a BASSET course. Online.pdf
For more BASSET-related information and resources, please visit the BASSET Program section of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission website.