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As we have done in years past for the 2022 Southern California Homebrewer’s Festival (SCHF) it is required that all clubs pouring at the event have at least one person in attendance at the event who is Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) certified.

In 2017, California passed AB-1221 which sets a new RBS requirement for all alcohol servers and managers in the state. The new RBS requirement goes into effect in the state on July 1, 2022.  Persons who have a currently valid RBS certification that does not expire prior to May 1, 2022 can use that certificate to meet the RBS requirement for SCHF 2022.

Once an individual has completed certification, whether it be under the new training or a previously issued certificate, please take a screenshot or print a PDF of the certificate from the ABC website (or the training company if using a previous certification) and forward it to In addition to a copy of the certificate, please include the following information in the e-mail:

Completed certifications must be submitted no later than April 15, 2022.
You can submit the information at or send via email to

Obtaining training and certification

Under the new certification standard, in order to attend training, whether online or in-person, the individual must first register with the state as a Alcohol Server. Registration is done on the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) website at:

Once registered you have your choice of where to receive training including whether you want to take it online or in-person. The ABC website has a list of verified providers. You will need to make note of your registration number and use it to register for your course with whichever training provider you choose. Once you complete the training you will need to return to the ABC website and take the RBS certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam your dashboard on the ABC website will be updated to show your certification, which will be good for 3 years.

While you have your choice of where and how to take the training, you can find additional details about the training/certification process at  ( is not affiliated with the California Homebrewers Association.)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions (not covered below) please feel free to reach out to and you will receive a response from one of the CHA board members.

If you have any questions not covered above please feel free to reach out to