BASSET & Food Handler Certification FAQ

Serving Illinois Bartenders, Servers, and Sellers and Food Handlers Since 2003

BASSET Certification for Bartenders - Servers - Liquor Stores - C-Stores - Wineries & More

Powered by our online partner 360Training / Learn2Serve, we have provided BASSET and Illinois food safety certification online training to hard working people just like you since 2003


We offer BASSET on this website through our online partner since 2003 Learn2Serve, an approved provider by the ILCC

. Your out of state certificate is not valid in Illinois. You must have BASSET Certification in Illinois

You must be at least 18 years old to sell and server alcohol in Illinois

Since July 1, 2018, all on-premise alcohol servers (and those required to check identification for alcohol service) are mandated to take BASSET. This would include bartenders, servers, bar-backs, doormen, etc. and the people who mange them)


In most cases no. Check with your local or state ILCC official

BASSET is valid for 3 years from date of issue and ANSI Food Handler is valid for 3 years

Yes. Your certification is reported to ILCC as required

You may look up your BASSET Certificate information Here
You may reprint your BASSET certificate Here

No. You must take the course and exam again every 3 years

Yes. Please send your contact information on our Contact Page and we will promptly get back to you

No we do not. We have online BASSET Certification only

No. After you pass the exam, you will print your Learn2Serve certificate. We will send ILCC your successful completion of BASSET information. ILCC will  you a certification letter which will contain the BASSET Card

You can call us at Call 1 (877) 881-2235 or see our Support Page

Illinois Food Handler FAQ

We offer ANSI accreditted Food Handler Certification through Learn2Serve, our online partnet since 2003

No there is no minimum age

If your Food Handler Card is ANSI accredited, it is transferable to your new restaurant employer

Yes. You need a card unless you are selling certain types of prepackaged food

In most cases you can still get certified

No. You will print it on your printer or any other printer

You can see our Customer Support page or call Call 1 (877) 881-2235

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Click Start Here to go to the BASSET Certification sign up page to enroll $13.99

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Requirements to get BASSET Certification Online

  • Illinois requires you to provide personal identifying information about yourself (birth date, address, email etc)
  • You must be at least 18 to be an alcohol server at on-premise businesses (bar, restaurant, hotel, etc.)
  • You must be at least 18 to sell alcohol at a Convenience Store or Grocery Store
  • If you are not sure about the age you have to be to sell at your business or business hours call the ILCC Office.
  • Note: If you need to renew your BASSET Certification, you must retake the course and exam after 3 years

How to get BASSET Certificate Online

  1. First click Enroll Now for your course choice. You will arrive at the enrollment page.
  2. After enrollment you will receive a confirmation email with course and exam instructions
  3. Your course is self-paced. You can start and stop when you want. However, once you start the exam you must finish it
  4. You will print your temporary certificate after you pass the exam. (If you don't have a printer, you can log in and print on any one else's printer)
  5. Learn2Serve will send your course completion information to the proper state authorities
  6. The ILCC will mail your official BASSET Certificate to you

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Illinois BASSET Course topics for sellers and servers of alcohol beverages

Alcohol laws for  Illinois minors • Laws about intoxicated persons • Why you need BASSET • Preventing intoxication • How to identify minors •How to check identification and identify fake ID • What to do when intervention attempts fail •How alcohol effects a person's body • Illinois alcohol law enforcement •  Alcohol poisoning information • Illinois Dram Shop Act • Spotting sexual assault drugs

ANSI accredited and Illinois accepted Food Handler Course topics

General overview of food safety •Who enforces food safety rules • Identifying food-borne illness and what causes it• Why I need to get Illinois Food Handler • Identifying biological, physical, and chemical contamination • Importance of temperature control • Proper personal hygiene •Appropriate procedures for receiving and storing food • Proper cleaning and sanitation

ILCC Contact Information

Postal Address:
ILCC Springfield
101 W. Jefferson St. 3-525
Springfield IL 62702
1 (217) 782-2136
BASSET Card Lookup

ILCC Chicago
100 W. Randolph St. 7-801
Chicago, IL 60601
ILCC Website

Food Safety Contact Information

IDPH Springfield
525-535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761

IDPH Chicago
122 S. Michigan Ave. 7th & 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
IDPH Website

What does Dram Shop mean?

The word Dram comes from an old English word for a measurement of alcohol usually about 1/8 th of an oz. The business that sold drams was called a dram shop. Much like a business that sold shoes was called a shoe shop, meat butcher shop etc. In modern times the words dram shop acts or dram shop laws refer to alcohol liability laws.

Dram Shop laws can differ in each state with some being more complex than others, but they all basically mean that if a business sells alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person who causes damages and injuries, that business owner and sometimes the employee who sold the alcohol can be sued in civil court. Our Responsible Beverage Service Training courses will train you in the liability that applies to your particular state. However, to understand even more about your states' Dram Shop laws it is best practice to consult an attorney in your home state.

About Us

Dram Shop School is one of the nation's first Alcohol Seller Server training programs. We have trained thousands of bartenders, food servers, liquor and grocery store clerks, wineries, among other alcohol sellers and servers in Illinois and nationwide. We have many years of experience in all aspects of the food and beverage industry.

In 2003 we formed an official partnership with 360training / Learn2Serve in order to offer online Alcohol Seller Server Certification training in Illinois and nationwide. We also provide Food Handler Certification in English and Spanish and a BASSET and ANSI-accredited Illinois Food Handler package combo.We also offer Illinois Food Manager Certification at our sister website 

Thomas L. Conrad
President / CEO

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