Tennessee ABC License Class
ABC Classes Available to the Public

We offer ABC Server Permit classes to our students and to the public.

The State of Tennessee requires all servers and bartenders who serve alcohol must attend an approved responsible alcohol program to receive a State-issued Alcoholic Beverage Commission Server Permit. This permit is good for 5 years to be able to serve alcohol in Tennessee.

Our ABC trainers are approved by the State of Tennessee and upon successful completion of the 5 hour ABC class you will be able to receive your ABC Server Permit from the State of Tennessee.

The TIPS Program, (Training for Intervention ProcedureS), is the global leader in education and training of responsible alcohol service having trained over 4 million participants over the last 35 years in over 50 countries.

We are the only independent TIPS trainer in Tennessee offering classes to the public. Why not choose a program that is recognized worldwide because you never know where life might take you! You will get your certification results right away so you can get your ABC Server Permit ASAP. The best thing about our Responsible Alcohol program is that you get two cards for the price of one. You get your 5 year ABC Server Permit card but you will also receive a TIPS Certification card. Some restaurants and hotels will only hire you if you’ve been through the TIPS Program.

Important Changes by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission:

As of February 1st, 2018 all applications for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission must be completed ONLINE and your $20.00 State Fee must be paid online to the state before you can take a scheduled ABC Class. This state fee is to process your permit and separate from the class fee. Follow the simple instructions below to fill out your online application to the state

Procedure to Receive Your ABC Server Permit and TIPS Card:

  1. Sign up and pay for our ”TIPS” ABC Server Permit class on our secured website to save your spot for an upcoming class or you can call the school at (615) 885-5800 to reserve your spot over the phone. You can also stop by the school and pay cash or credit card in person.
  2. The next step is to go to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission website and start your application process. This must be completed and a $20.00 fee paid via the State of Tennessee’s online portal to receive an RLPS number before you can attend your scheduled class.
  3. You must bring your RLPS number with you to your scheduled class.
  4. Go to the TABC Website to begin processing your application.

All Students must arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled class times. We do lock the ABC class doors 10 minutes before scheduled class time. If you get locked out or miss your ABC class there is a $20.00 rescheduling fee. UPON SIGNING UP THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS ISSUED FOR THE ABC CLASS!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Please call us at (615) 885-5800 if you have any questions or to register over the phone!

Read our Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to most of your questions.

 Sign Up Now $70.00

Upcoming Class Schedule:

  • Sunday, January 8th 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, January 15th 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, January 22nd 10:00am – 3:00pm *Spanish Only
  • Sunday, January 29th 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, February 5th 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, February 12th 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, February 19th 10:00am - 3:00pm *Spanish Only
  • Sunday, February 26th 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, March 5th 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, March 12th 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday, March 19th 10:00am - 3:00pm *Spanish Only
  • Sunday, March 26th 10:00am - 3:00pm

 Additional Instructions

The first step is to create an RLPS account. Once you have the account set up log in and access the system. Click the “Licenses” tab at the top of the page and start your process of filling out your permit. (watching the tutorial will make it a lot easier and it’s not as hard as it looks) As you get started you will click on “Permits” and then click on “Server Permit Applications” and from there follow the instructions. During the process of filling out the application you will be required to upload proper identification.

An easy step for this is to take a picture of your Driver’s License or any appropriate ID and email it from your phone to your computer. Then simply upload the saved picture of your ID to the TABC website. Once you follow the steps to filling out your application then review your application and submit your $20.00 fee to THEC using a credit or debit card. Once your payment is process you will receive an RLPS Record number.

Next simply attend our 5-Hour TIPS/Server Training class. Our class is very enjoyable. Instead of sitting through a program where the instructor reads to you for 5 long hours you’ll actually get to watch interactive videos of intoxicated people and participate in role playing which makes the class fun. After attending our class the TABC will process your results and usually in 2 to 3 days you can log back into your state account and print off your card. It’s highly suggested that you take a pic of your card and keep it on your phone.

Remember the staff at the Professional Bartending School is here to help and make filling out your application online and receiving your ABC Permit an easy process. If you have any problems notify us for extra help and definitely use the tutorial to make your process of getting your Server Permit easier.

Enroll securely online. All major credit cards are accepted through Authorize.net.

We hold ABC classes typically each week and our classes are available to the public. You DO NOT have to be a bartending school student to take our ABC class. Simply call us at the number above to register for the class date you want.

Thousands of bartenders and servers of alcohol in Tennessee have taken their ABC Server Training at the Professional Bartending School in Nashville. We believe in teaching a high quality program and have chosen the TIPS Program because it’s the best.

Bar Owners and groups:

You may purchase as many classes as you need by changing the quantity of classes when checking out on our website. Be sure to include your phone number and we will contact you as quick as we can to get the names of your attendees and class dates for each one!

Enroll securely online.
All major credit cards are accepted through Authorize.net.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions below for answers to most of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions About the ABC Class

(Q) How Much Does it Cost?
(A) The ABC class costs $70.00 and is paid to us when registering. You may pay by (1.) Enroll Online above using the "Buy Now" button. (2.) Call us at 615-885-5800 and pay by credit card over the phone. (3.) Visit the school in person and pay by cash, business check or credit card.

(Q) How Often are the Classes Held?
We hold ABC classes approximately once a week. Class dates and times are published on this page.

(Q) I Own a Bar, Restaurant or Catering Company. Can I Sign Up a Group of My Staff Online?
Simply change the quantity on the first page after you enter the class date and phone and click the "Pay Now" button. You may change the quantity to the number of participants you need trained and click on the "update" link. Don't worry if the total number will be in multiple classes. We will contact you quickly after you sign up using the phone number and/or email you entered and get the names and dates of your attendees.

(Q) Why Do I Have to Register? Can't I Just Show Up?
(A) You must register for the class and prepay the amount when registering. You have to have the RLPS number before attending the class. We limit the size of the ABC classes and classes do fill up quickly. Walk ups on the day of the class are possible based on availability. Make sure you arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled class time and bring $70 in cash or a credit card to pay for the class. If the class is full, we will have to turn you away. Course rules dictate the number of students allowed per instructor.

Your responsibility as a bartender does not end when your guest leaves your establishment!

(Q) Are There Any Charges for Materials or Hidden Fees?
No! The $70.00 covers all class and materials costs. You will have to pay the State of Tennessee $20.00 when you apply for your card. This fee is separate and charged to every student from any trainer by the State of Tennessee.

(Q) Can I Take the Class and Get My ABC Server Permit If I Have a Felony Conviction?
The State of Tennessee Beverage makes that determination. You may take the class from us, but the Tennessee ABC says you will not be eligible for a server permit if you:

  1. Have been convicted of a felony within the previous 4 years;
  2. Have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages, beer, schedule 1 or 2 controlled substances, any sex-related crime, or embezzlement within the previous 8 years;
  3. Have had your server permit revoked within the previous 5 years;
  4. Have had ownership interest in the previous 8 years in an establishment which has had its license revoked.

The felony information above is provided by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Professional Bartending School can not be held responsible for the accuracy of this information or any future changes made by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission on their requirements to obtain an ABC Permit.

Visit the Tennessee ABC Website Here!

 Contact Information

 1451 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37210

 Call us now at 615-885-5800


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1451 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 100,
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 885-5800