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Serving It Right - Who must have a SIR certificate?
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** Who must have a SIR certificate? **
Whether or not you — or your staff — require a Serving It Right
certificate generally depends on the type of liquor licence you have. There
are seven types of licences issued to establishments or individuals serving
food and beverages:
-Food-Primary Licence (restaurants) -
This type of licence is issued to restaurants or food outlets where the
service of food, not liquor, is the primary focus. Licensees, managers,
servers and all those who may be left in charge need to have a SIR
certificate. If you have a catering endorsement, the SIR program must be
completed by all licensees, managers and servers working at events.
-Liquor-Primary Licence / Liquor-Primary Club Licence (bars, pubs,
nightclubs, casinos, stadiums) -
This licence is issued to establishments whose primary business is
hospitality, entertainment or beverage service, including bars, pubs,
nightclubs, casinos and stadiums. Licensees, managers, servers and
bartenders in these establishments must all have SIR certificates. If you
have a catering endorsement, the SIR program must be completed by all
licensees, managers and servers working at events. Flight attendants
serving alcohol on the ground must also have SIR certification.
This type of licence is issued to catering businesses whose primary focus
is the preparation and service of food at other people's events. Liquor
service must be secondary to food service at events. Licensees, managers
and staff serving liquor at events must have a SIR certificate.
-Licensee Retail Store Licence (private liquor stores) -
Licensee retail stores, commonly known as private liquor stores, may sell
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