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Bartender

Prepare and serve drinks to customers in licensed bars or establishments.
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What's it like to be a Bartender?

Bartenders prepare and serve food and drinks, (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to customers in licensed bars. Bartenders can work in pubs, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, resorts, casinos and offices. Bartenders are required to interact with people, so having strong interpersonal and customer service skills may assist you in landing a job.

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How to become a Bartender


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To become a Bartender, you need a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. On-the-job training is usually provided.

  1. Gain a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate by completing a short course. These are available through TAFEs, hospitality schools and private training institutes.
  2. If you plan to work at a gaming venue, you’ll need a Responsible Service of Gaming (RSG) certificate too. Some training providers offer combined courses with RSA and RSG certification.
  3. Consider broadening your skills by completing a Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316) or Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30616) which will prepare you for roles in the hospitality industry.

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Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

This certification provides you with the knowledge needed to work in the sale and service of alcohol.

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Certificate III in Hospitality

This certificate prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry and for roles in restaurants, hotels and cafes.
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Certificate II in Hospitality

This qualification prepares you for entry level roles in the hospitality industry.
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How do Bartenders rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 56 Bartenders surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.4

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Latest Bartender reviews

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Feb 2020
hospitality is not a career it is a part time work only. dont make the mistake of thinking you will have a good life being in hospitality
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hospitality
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Bartending
The good things
waiting I a terrible job as is hospitality in general. it Is not a career unless you plan to buy your own restaurant or you are in head office roles. pay is terrible and it should be worse. hospitalit...
The challenges
waiting and hospitality is in no way challenging it is the easiest possible job available. just smile be happy and work.
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May 2021
Bartending can often be tough but it’s rewarding if you are looking for part time work or really love working with customers.
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Bartender
The good things
Being a bartender means you get to have a great relationship with customers and have fun doing the work. The work is often interesting depending on what type of bar you work at. It’s often hard work t...
The challenges
Remuneration isn’t incredible, and it’s long hours often working late in the evening and on weekends.
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