What is TAP?
Training for Alcohol Professionals is a program that has been exclusively designed to meet the needs of our local hospitality industry and adheres to the specific requirements set forth by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The program consists of four main sections:
- Overview of Alcohol Law, Rights and Responsibilities
- Identifying Intoxication and Preventing Drunkenness
- Proper Techniques for Checking Identification
- Dealing with Difficult Situations
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is class
Typically class lasts 4 hours but can be as long as 5 hours
Do I need to pre-register for the class?
For the Anchorage classes you do NOT need to pre-register, just show up 15 - 30 minutes prior to class start time for registration in the classroom. Bring valid picture ID and something to write with. Outside of Anchorage you will want to verify with the instructor on their class check-in procedures.
How much does class cost?
In Anchorage the TAP class is $55. Employees of CHARR members receive a $15 discount and pay $40. The fee to renew without taking a class is $60 for non-members and $45 for members.
Outside of Anchorage you will need to check with the local instructor on the cost. All instructors offer CHARR Member discounts. The Anchorage office accepts cash, check, or debit/credit cards as payment.
I lost my card, do I have to go to class again?
No, you can obtain a duplicate card from the CHARR Office for $20. You can do this with a credit card over the phone, through the mail with check or money order (be sure to include a contact phone number, address and LEGIBLE copy of your ID) or in person at the CHARR Office.
Is there a test?
Yes. There is a test at the end of the class and you must receive an 85% to successfully pass the course. (87% for renewal testing.
Who is required to take the class?
Anyone involved in the sale of alcohol in any way, including servers, bartenders, security, managers, owners and retail clerks.
Do I have to be 21 years old to take the class?
No. However you must be 21 to receive a TAP® certification. Students should try to make arrangements to attend a class after their 21st birthday.
Is there a grace period on getting my card?
Yes. There is a 30 day grace period FOR NEW HIRES ONLY, unless you are working in Anchorage, in which case there is no grace period. Within the Municipality of Anchorage you must have your TAP card prior to serving or selling alcohol. You may not let it expire and still work
Do I have to wait to receive my certification card?
No. Unlike other alcohol certification classes, which make you wait up to a month after completing class, your TAP® card is issued immediately upon successfully completing the certification exam.
Is there a shorter class for renewals?
The law allows those who have previously attended an alcohol server education course in Alaska to renew their certification by passing an exam to show an understanding of course subjects. The renewal needs to be done within 6 months of your original card expiring. The Anchorage office allows renewals anytime Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm. Please contact your local instructor for outside the Anchorag area.
Is my card from another state valid in Alaska?
No. Alcohol server training is state specific as state laws vary a great deal.
Can I have a TAP Card if I have a DUI?
There is no law prohibiting those with DUI's from having a TAP card.