Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT)
Massachusetts has entered into a period of increased scrutiny on how independent package stores operate their businesses. There are several reasons for the increased scrutiny. One is a heightened awareness and urgency to eliminate illegal sales and to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage persons. Another is to raise revenues for the state. The result is that if you fail to follow outlined procedures and regulations, you and your store potentially face severe criminal and civil penalties. These penalties could cost you your package store business.
To help protect your investment, MassPack provides a Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT) program for package store owners and employees as an education and certification tool. The MassPack BAT seminar provides training in many very important areas that are specific to off premises retailers in Massachusetts. Examples include recognizing fake and altered ID's, handling intoxicated and problem customers, and preventing sales to legal customers who are buying for underage people. Each seminar also provides ample time for student interaction and testing for certification. Additionally, the three-year certification will satisfy the requirements of most local authorities and may save your store(s) a great deal of money on liability insurance.
MassPack offers "BAT" trainings throughout the state in both the spring and fall of each year. Dates and locations for the next series of BAT seminars and testing are now posted (see below).
Please also know that as MassPack members, you are able to take advantage of reduced rates to attend or send your employees to the trainings. Do not hesitate to call the MassPack Office if you have questions or need further information.
Contact the MassPack office for more information about BAT certification:
Massachusetts Package Stores Association, Inc.