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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
    Fully CPD/CE Certified
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    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    33190 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    Knowing how to successfully run a bar is your passport to finding employment anywhere in the world.

    Let’s face it, many people look for bar work because:

    • It’s a fun and flexible way to make money
    • You get to meet new people all the time
    • The tips can easily double your pay (good going when you consider the average bartender salary in the US is $20,212)
    • Anything can - and will - happen when you’re dealing with the public everyday
    • It’s a world away from a 9-5 desk job (yawn!)

    Maybe you're considering bartending to help with your college education but you don't even know where to start and have no experience? With this course you’ll learn how to get any bar job and you'll get a certification at the end.

    There’s always a demand for good bartenders. But there’s a lot of competition too.

    That’s why you’ve got to be smart to make sure you find work in the hottest venues and coolest bars anywhere you choose.

    Having an internationally-recognized certificate in your pocket will open doors for you.

    Learn how to serve barista coffees that tempt people through the door. Captivate your audience with your slick and confident cocktail making. Know how to put a smile on your customers’ faces.

    You’ll earn great tips by knowing how to run a bar smoothly. And ensure you get the best jobs in the most popular bars, clubs, hotels and stadiums. With your bartending knowledge, you’ll be far too good for those dead-end jobs in dingy bars where nobody knows your name.

    Whether you’re looking for a career as a bartender or part-time work to earn extra money, our online bartending course gives you the skills you need to nail the interview and be employed.

    Uncork our flexible online course, and get ready to be shaken and stirred into an exciting new world.

    What you will learn

    During this course, you’ll get the answers to all the important questions like:

    • What water to coffee ratios do I use for different coffees?
    • What’s the perfect temperature for brewing?
    • What grind settings do I use and when?
    • How can I make sure it’s a superb cup of coffee and not just average?
    • How do the different whiskeys differ?
    • What shaking techniques suit which cocktails?
    • How can I master free pouring and get quantities right?
    • Why is tequila different from other alcohols?
    • How do I look after the beers and manage the cellar?
    • What do I need to know about serving alcohol responsibly?
    • How do I set up my bar properly?


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Before You Start – Tools And Setup
    • 1.1. Bartending tools
    • 1.2. Setting up the bar
    • 1.3. Essential bar supplies
    Module 2: Setting The Stage For Stylish Bartending
    • 2.1. Storing and serving
    • 2.2. Hygiene and safety
    • 2.3. Garnishes and mixers
    • 2.4. Style and presentation tips
    Module 3: Mixology And Pouring
    • 3.1. Bartender terminology
    • 3.2. The three basic methods of mixology
    • 3.3. Other mixology methods
    • 3.4. Pouring techniques and free pouring
    Module 4: Responsibility And Flair
    • 4.1. Cash register
    • 4.2. Customer service
    • 4.3. Responsible serving of alcohol
    • 4.4. Flair bartending
    Module 5: Know Your Drinks – Liquors, Liqueurs, Whiskeys, And Brandies
    • 5.1. Liquors
    • 5.2. Liqueurs
    • 5.3. Whiskey: history and how it’s made
    • 5.4. Types of whiskey
    • 5.5. Brandy, cognac, and armagnac
    Module 6: Know Your Drinks – Wine, Beer, Tequila, And More
    • 6.1. Vodka, gin, and rum
    • 6.2. Tequila and mescal
    • 6.3. Wine, port, sherry, and vermouth
    • 6.4. Beer: keg and cellar management
    Module 7: Know Your Drinks – Creams, Sours, Martinis, And More
    • 7.1. Aperitifs
    • 7.2. Two-liquor drinks
    • 7.3. Cream drinks
    • 7.4. Sour drinks
    • 7.5. Martinis and manhattans
    Module 8: Know Your Drinks – Hot, Exotic, Highball, And More
    • 8.1. Highball and juice
    • 8.2. Exotic drinks
    • 8.3. Hot drinks
    • 8.4. Shooters
    • 8.5. Cocktail recipes
    Module 9: Origin And Cultivation Of Coffee
    • 9.1. A look at the coffee bean and its journey to our cups
    • 9.2. Coffee varieties, cultivars, and hybrids
    • 9.3. How coffee is harvested and processed
    • 9.4. Roasting techniques
    • 9.5. What happens to taste and quality through processing?
    Module 10: Preparing To Brew
    • 10.1. Introduction to brewing methods
    • 10.2. Tasting tips
    • 10.3. How to prepare your coffee machine
    • 10.4. Setting your grinder
    • 10.5. How temperature and humidity affect coffee grinding
    • 10.6. Filling the portafilter and tamping the grinds
    Module 11: Grinding And Espresso
    • 11.1. A close look at the grinder
    • 11.2. Cleaning your coffee machine
    • 11.3. Storing coffee and why it matters
    • 11.4. Single bean or blended
    • 11.5. Espresso trends and shots
    • 11.6. Espresso brew ratios
    Module 12: Cream It Up
    • 12.1. Does your cream measure up?
    • 12.2. The science of milk and how it changes coffee
    • 12.3. Steaming, frothing, and giving texture to milk
    • 12.4. Choosing your jug and pouring freely
    • 12.5. Being creative with latte art
    • 12.6. Coffee menu: Americano, macchiato, cappuccino, mocha, and more


    Who is this course for

    • Existing bartenders who want to broaden their knowledge and serve their customers better
    • If you’re looking for a bar job, this certificate course will prove to potential employers that you’re keen to learn
    • Students looking for fun ways to fund their studies or earn extra money
    • Jobbing actors who want employment between roles
    • Anyone looking for seasonal work at festivals, sporting events or working abroad
    • People working in event management or hospitality who want to broaden their knowledge of the industry
    • Event organizers who want to be confident that their bar is run properly
    • Anyone thinking about owning a bar or nightclub
    • Anyone eager to travel anywhere in the world. With this universal training in the back pocket, you can explore anywhere your heart desires and work as you go
    • People looking to move up the ladder in their current employment by impressing management with your newfound knowledge

    How will it help me

    With your newfound bartending knowledge, you’ll:

    • Look and feel confident because you understand your role as a bartender
    • Be able to communicate with customers with your barista, cocktail and liquor knowhow
    • Have an accredited certificate course to put on your resume and show to employers
    • Be able to accurately and confidently answer your interview questions to nail the best jobs

    Career path

    • Whether you’re looking for your first bar job or promotion in the bar industry, this course will give you the knowledge to succeed
    • You’ll have the barista skills to work in any coffee shop or hotel
    • Students looking for part-time work or holiday jobs will get ahead of the competition with this accredited certificate course
    • Become a more polished bartender and barista (and earn more tips from grateful customers!)


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation