AACEA Oregon: The OLCC Alcohol Server Program – Responsible Service Permit
Several U.S. States require some form of Alcohol Server/Seller Training for those who serve or sell alcohol or those who manage individuals who serve or sell alcohol. Alcohol is the nation’s #1 drug problem, so many states have appointed state-specific legal entities with the responsibility of enacting and enforcing alcohol laws in order to reduce alcohol related tragedies – such as drunk driving accidents, alcohol related diseases, fights, etc. The goal here is to increase public safety!
The legal entity that enforces alcohol laws in Oregon State is called the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). The OLCC mandates that everyone who serves alcohol to some capacity must take a Mandatory Alcohol Server Education course in order to receive an OLCC Permit, also known as a Service Permit.
In Oregon State specifically, it was the hospitality industry that initiated regulation by sponsoring legislation to establish mandatory alcohol server education for owners and employees of licensed business that sold alcohol by the drink. This is likely because establishments and alcohol servers can be held liable for alcohol related tragedies if they over-serve an individual who becomes involved in one of these tragedies. Not to mention, the emotional burden this can place on the conscience of a server or establishment’s owner can be life altering. Prevention is key to the wellbeing of customers, employees, and the public!
If you are an owner of a licensed business that sells alcohol by the drink or if you will be serving alcohol as one of your job duties, you will need to take an OLCC Permit Class in order to receive your OLCC License. We welcome you to check out our Online Oregon Alcohol Server Permit Class whenever and wherever is most convenient for you!