Bartending for the Masters

Course Name

Bartending for the Masters

Contact Hours: 30

Course Description

This method of training, called The Master Code of Mixology™, is a preferred source of education for hotels, bars, restaurants and casinos from coast to coast. If you want to be a great bartender, you’re going to really like Bartending for the Masters. You will learn things that many bartenders don’t know, even after working years in the business. The course teaches you what you need to know from the customer’s point of view, from the perspective of the bartender and what managers want you to know.

Bartending requires many skills, including an excellent memory, proficiency at multi-tasking, tremendous patience and talents beyond the making of cocktails. Because there are jobs of all skill levels, anyone can become a bartender. In addition to learning the skills to tend bar like a pro, this course emphasizes ethics and customer service, which is invaluable knowledge for anyone who works in a bar or restaurant. The course is extremely beneficial to bar owners, managers, waitresses and novice bartenders, also.

You will become an expert in the field of bartending when you learn the fine details that will make you stand out even among experienced bartenders. This level of online training also includes other occupations, alternative ways to make money in the beverage industry and how to start a mobile bar service.

In addition to being Hollywood bartending legends, instructors Kellie Nicholson and Kyle Branche have each served in positions of management for VIP events, small neighborhood bars, high-volume / high-capacity establishments and everything in between. Their pairing makes an incredible and rare opportunity to learn from real pros who thrive on excellence. They can help anyone master the science of the bar business. Their bartenders are successfully working at establishments all over the United States and they are both respected bar consultants.

Class Materials Fee: $50 (optional), include a colored lesson manual for reference after the course ends, recipe flash cards, a jigger and a pour spout.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a certificate for bartending?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive the Professional Certificate validated by your instructor. A final score of 90% or above will earn you a Master’s Certificate of Excellence. Additionally, you will be offered the opportunity to process an Official University Certificate at the end of the course for a nominal fee,  though this is not necessary. If you choose not to process the Official University Certificate, you may select a Letter Certificate in the form of a PDF document at no additional charge. Each certificate offered through this program is a symbol of your achievement from a highly respected organization.

What does "certification" mean for a bartender?

Though your employer might want you to be a "Certified Bartender" for insurance purposes and to assure that you have been trained, there is no legal requirement for "certification" in most states. This course offers you "Professional Certification" and, in order to assure that you are aware of your state's most up-to-date laws, we will also provide a phone number where you can call for your state's regulations and age of service laws.

How can I learn everything I need to know about bartending from an online course?

In this class you will learn valuable information that will make you a superior bartender, a great employee and a skilled bar manager. Additionally, you will be provided with recipes to learn and detailed instruction to practice pouring the perfect shot. This is all you need to get started.

Am I guaranteed job placement?

You should be very leery of anyone who promises you job placement. That is not possible. You may be given leads, but you will have to get the job on your own. Additionally, keep in mind that every other student will be given the same leads. Bartending for the Masters includes thorough coverage of resumes, experience and job interviews, which is how you will get a job. You will be taught the best way to find a bartending job, but you will have to make the contacts yourself, just like any other class.

Why are there so many bartenders who have never taken any kind of class?

Bartending requires confidence, intellect, common sense, patience, endurance and multi-tasking skills, which cannot be taught in any bartending class. Bartending for the Masters will teach you everything you need to know to be a working, professional bartender.

Can an older person get a job bartending?

You should think about working with a clientele that is near your own age. Since there are bars for all ages, then anyone should be able to find a job.

How will this class help me get a job?

Customer service, which is actually the most important part of bartending is stressed. Since our instructor has been hired at 60 - 70 establishments (often working the busiest nights at 2-3 jobs at once) and has managed and hired the staff in many bars, she will teach you what managers look for in hiring their bar employees. You will also learn how the bar business works, which makes you a valued employee.

How is this class different than others?

Though it is most beneficial to learn all of the drink recipes and to know how to mix the cocktails, that is only a very small part of becoming a professional bartender. There is so much more involved in working behind the bar and this class focuses on the most important aspects of bartending in the real world. Yes, the fun part is mixing the cocktails, but often the principles of the business, customer service and ethics are overlooked areas of the job. Bartending is a career that demands great intelligence, quick-thinking, an excellent memory, physical stamina and superior multi-tasking skills. These talents cannot be taught in any bartending class. However, since there are all types of bartending jobs that require many different levels of skill, anyone can become a bartender. When researching your choice of a bartending education, keep in mind the factors that are necessary to perform all aspects of the job. Memorizing 300 recipes does not make you a professional bartender. Additionally, having an understanding of the bar manager's job will help you get better bartending positions.

I'm still leery about the online format of a bartending class, so can you tell me what type of homework is involved?

You will be provided 20 lessons to read and study, then a quiz will follow each lesson. Recipes must be memorized (around 70 total) forwards and backwards. You will regularly use only about 30 of them, but you need to know them all. The bottles of liquor must be studied, so that you can spot a particular liquor at a glance. These can be learned easily from the photos in the manual. Then, you should practice over and over how to pour an exact shot using the "tail," as demonstrated in the video on the class web site. Professional bartenders do not count when they pour their shots, as they are multi-tasking and doing too many other things.


In this class you will learn valuable information that will make you a superior bartender, a great employee and a professional bar manager. As a result of successful completion of the course you will:

  • Be able to properly make the most common cocktails.
  • Know how to pour an accurate shot of alcohol.
  • Have an understanding of how the bar business works.
  • Possess excellent customer service skills.
  • Know how to handle difficult guests.
  • Have excellent sales techniques.
  • Understand how to assess profits.
  • Know how to take inventory and order products.
  • Have a list of ways to raise sales and cut costs.
  • Be able to professionally handle common customer and staff issues.
  • Shine on a job interview.


Upon completion of each lesson, you will take a quiz. Your answers will be recorded and later tallied with a required score of 70% or above to complete the course. A score of 90% or above will earn you a Master’s Certificate of Excellence. If you pay attention to details, you will do extremely well. The final assignment will be to complete a resume using the sample in the manual.

You will receive your certificate after all lessons and quizzes have been completed and your questions have been answered.


    Bartending the Easy Way

    • The Basics
      • Appearance
      • Cleanliness
      • Courtesy and Etiquette
      • Customer Service
      • Difficult and Intoxicated Customers
      • Professionalism
      • Safety
      • Sales
    • Behind the Bar
      • Confidence
      • Garnishes
      • Glassware
      • Liquor
      • Making and Serving a Drink
      • The Perfect Martini
      • Laws
      • Speedy Service
      • Tips
      • Tools and Bar Terms
      • Wine and Champagne Service
    • Pouring a Perfect Shot
      • Accuracy
      • The Tail
    • Drink Recipes
      • Most Popular
      • Shots
      • Martinis
      • Hot, Blended, Specialty
    • Employment
      • Types of Jobs
      • Resume
      • Employment Sources
      • Interviews
    • Questions and Answers

    Professional Bar Management

    • Managers
      • Consistency
      • Dissatisfied Customers, Difficult Customers
      • Hosting, Laws
      • I.D.s
      • Leadership, Lighting, Music
      • Profits, Pricing
      • Resources
      • Safety, Smiles, Special Customers
      • Stocking, Supplies, Temperature
    • Inventory
    • Money
      • Banks, Check-out
      • Shortages
      • Waitstaff, Bartenders
      • Balance Sheets
      • Cash Register vs. Computer
    • Principles of the Business
    • Labor Costs
    • Raising Sales, Cutting Costs
    • Table/Bottle Service
    • Theft
    • Employees
      • Hiring
      • Bartending Test
      • Job Interview
      • Job Descriptions and Pay
      • Respect, Rules, Schedules
      • Seniority, Uniforms
      • Waitstaff
      • Ordering, Condiments, Greeting
      • Products, Serving, Tips
      • Tools
      • Barbacks, Bussers
      • Doormen/Hostesses
      • Warnings