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How to Become a Bartender in Kansas

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Bartenders serve drinks to patrons in drinking establishments such as bars and nightclubs. They may also work in restaurant settings or catered events as well. Bartenders are responsible for providing basic customer service and ensuring, to the best of their ability, that patrons do not leave their establishment and drive while intoxicated. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest paid bartenders made more than $31,420 per year, as of May 2009, though with the nature of tips, salary figures vary widely. Bartending in Kansas is regulated by the Department of Revenue's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Ensure that you can meet the minimum requirements to serve alcohol in the state of Kansas. The Kansas Department of Revenue statute K.S.A. 41-2704A(e)(1)(2) requires that you be at least 21 years old to serve alcohol. The exception to this rule is if you work for a bar that serves food, in which case you can be 18 years old and serve.

Attend bartending school to learn the basics of becoming a bartender. Professional Bartending Schools of America operates a school in Kansas City. Kansas lacks any other professional bartending schools, so you may choose to complete an online bartending course.

Complete a responsible alcohol server course. The Professional Server Certification Corporation offers an online course that you can take. The course is specifically tailored to bartending students in the state of Kansas. The cost for an individual bartender is $19.95, as of 2011. The course takes four hours to complete and moves through a series of progressive modules. The course is designed to teach the aspiring bartender how to recognize and respond to patrons who have had too much to drink, how to check identification and other miscellaneous duties required of bartenders.

Practice mixing drinks by purchasing some bartending suplies to keep at home. Once your liquor bottles have been emptied, you can use water and food coloring to create alcohol replicas and keep practicing until you have the drinks memorized. Buy a portable note card file cabinet to keep hard-to-remember drink recipes handy when you start bartending.


Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.