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Alcohol Passport

The responsible manager and his/her substitutes are, besides the licence holder, responsible for overseeing that the licensed premises observe the provisions of the Alcohol Act. The responsible manager and his/her substitutes must have adequate professional qualifications acquired either through education or experience. In case adequate professional skills are acquired through education, at least one year full-time education in the restaurant and catering industry is presupposed, provided that the curriculum includes teaching and practical training in serving of alcoholic beverages. One-year education is considered to mean studies of one school year, in other words, studies of nine months. Practical training included in the curriculum means a minimum of one-month on-the-job training in serving of alcoholic beverages. If adequate professional skills are acquired through experience, it is presupposed that the person has been engaged on a full-time basis in serving alcoholic beverages for at least two years and has got a certificate issued by an educational institution for the restaurant and catering industry that he/she masters the provisions concerning the serving of alcoholic beverages. On licensed premises where only alcoholic beverages containing a maximum of 4.7 percentage by volume ethyl alcohol that have been prepared through fermentation are served, the adequate professional skills of the responsible manager and his/her substitutes can be established through a Serving Licence Certificate (the so called “Alcohol Passport”).

Information regarding the Alcohol Proficiency Test

  • Anyone participating in a alcohol proficiency test must prove their identity

  • Those who successfully pass the alcohol proficiency test are given a certificate of mastering the provisions of serving (alcohol passport)

  • The alcohol proficiency test also includes questions on knowledge of drinks. According to the STTV regulations, the test is the same for those who operate according to A, B and C licences.

  • Anyone taking the alcohol proficiency test is responsible for obtaining his/her own training material. Self-education material can be read and printed from the following link: Alcohol Issues in Licenced Premises

  • The alcohol proficiency test is done in writing or on a computer. The test is comprised of correct/incorrect statements or other assignment types.

  • Alcohol proficiency test arrangements depend on the educational institution. This is why contents, like question types, number of questions and needed score to pass, can change.

  • The official Alcohol Passport will arrive within 2-4 weeks from the alcohol proficiency test day.

Contents of the Alcohol Proficiency Test

  • Regulations concerning the serving of alcoholic beverages; preconditions for being granted a serving licence; obtaining alcoholic beverages for serving; handling alcoholic beverages at the conclusion of serving activity; alcoholic beverages at the licenced premises that are not meant for serving
  • Serving premises or changing them; opening hours and serving hours; portion sizes and measurements of alcoholic beverages; serving for credit and providing a customer with a receipt; underaged and intoxicated people and order at the licenced premises; responsible manager and other staff; advertising and pricing of alcoholic beverages; official supervision and sanctions
  • The rights and duties of staff and security officers; ensuring order and comfort and the right for customer selection; the effect of substances on behaviour and handling intoxicated and clearly disruptive customers; preventing entry, suspending serving, removing customers from the licenced premises and use of force; legal responsibilities of responsible staff