Alcohol Passport

Alcohol passport is a certificate of alcohol proficiency indicating knowledge of Alcohol Act and how it's supervised. The alcohol passport is needed if one is working as a responsible manager or as his/her substitute. 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.

Additional information about working in licenced premises and the working requirements can be found on Valvira's site Responsible managers.

Alcohol proficiency tests are arranged by educational institutions providing training in the restaurant and catering sector. The alcohol passport and alcohol proficiency can also be included in a degree of hotel, restaurant and catering.

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.

  • Anyone taking the alcohol proficiency test is responsible for obtaining his/her own training material. Self-education material can be found on our Material-site.

  • 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 vary. According to Valvira's guidelines, the educational institutions has to have at least 30 questions on the test and at least 80 % of them correct to pass the test.

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

Contents of the Alcohol Proficiency Test

The alcohol proficiency tests are always based on Valvira's material Serving of alcoholic beverages in licenced premises.

The themes of alcohol proficiency test are:

  • Serving of alcoholic beverages
  • Marketing of alcoholic beverages in restaurants
  • Supervision and sanctions
  • Granting a serving licence
  • Licence and supervision fees