Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT)
Massachusetts has entered into a period of increased scrutiny on how local retailers of beer, wine & spirits operate their businesses. There are several reasons for the high burden placed upon local stores to safeguard public safety. 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 safely raise revenues for the state through orderly regulation. 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, MPSA provides a Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT) program for beer, wine, and spirits store owners and employees as an education and certification tool. The MPSA 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.
MPSA 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 MPSA 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 MPSA Office if you have questions or need further information.
Contact the MPSA office for more information about BAT certification:
Massachusetts Package Stores Association, Inc.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 GATHERING RESTRICTIONS
In response to the need for training and certification during the pandemic, MPSA is currently offering VIRTUAL BAT training sessions. MPSA is taking reservations for Beverage Alcohol Trainings that are held using the Zoom Web Conference platform. The following dates and times have been scheduled with more dates to be determined. We will be limiting the number of attendees in the class, please call the MPSA office at 508-366-1100 to reserve your spot.
Next classes to be held - March 23, 2021 at 6:00PM
April 20, 2021 at 6:00PM
Click here to download and print a Registration Form for the class.
Submit by Mail:
Massachusetts Package Stores Association
30 Lyman Street, Suite 2
Westborough, MA 01581
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