Ministry of Justice

Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)

Serving It Right and Special Event Server training: B.C.'s Responsible Beverage Service Programs

Serving It Right Special Event Server

Serving It Right (SIR) is a mandatory self-study course that educates licensees, managers and servers about their legal responsibilities when serving alcohol, and provides effective techniques to prevent problems related to over-service.

A new program has been developed for special occasion licensed (SOL) events, entitled the Special Event Server (SES) Program. Effective September 15, 2015, this program must be completed by all SOL licensees, managers, and servers at events with fewer than 500 people, and by all servers (paid or volunteer) who work at an SOL event, regardless of the size of the event. Licensees and managers of SOL events with more than 500 people attending continue to be required to obtain SIR certification.

Both the Serving It Right and Special Event Server programs are administered by

go2HR – B.C.’s tourism industry human resources association.

Servers who have current certification from another Canadian jurisdiction are exempt from the SIR and SES requirements in British Columbia. Licensees and managers however, are still required to have Serving It Right or Special Event Server certification, as the case may be, even if certified elsewhere.

There are changes to Serving It Right scheduled to take effect Sept. 15, 2015. Existing exemptions to the SIR training requirement will be ending and virtually everyone who sells or serves liquor to the public will be required to hold a valid SIR certificate. Also effective September 15, 2015, all new SIR and SES certificates will have a five year validity period, after which they will expire and will need to be renewed. Any current certificates without an expiry date will be deemed to have expired on September 15, 2020. For more information, please see our factsheet.

For detailed information on Serving It Right and Special Event Server training requirements, please see Policy Directive 14-20.