Trying to figure out exactly what you need to do to get into bartending school can seem like a daunting process. The good news is that it’s not necessarily a rigorous procedure that requires a lot of steps. It can be as simple as signing up and showing up, or as slightly-less-simple as submitting an application to trade school and sending in your high school transcripts.
Determine where you are going to get your degree.
“Bartending school” doesn’t usually consist of multiple courses, unlike many educational programs. You don’t have to earn an associate’s degree in bartending and take classes in English and science also in order to become a certified bartender. More often than not, bartending school simply refers to a one-course certificate that you earn in a short period of time – usually a matter of weeks, and sometimes even a matter of days! So the first decision you have to make is where you want to go in order to take this one class. There are a lot of companies out there that offer the course, as well as many educational institutions and community colleges. If you sign up to get a certificate from a company, you might only need to sign up, and not really apply. However, these programs aren’t always considered as reputable as ones offered by educational organizations. The other aspect to consider is whether or not you want to ultimately earn a degree in a related field, such as hospitality or tourism. No matter what, you should make both the program you attend and the certification you are offered are valid and respectable.
Make sure you meet the admissions requirements.
If you have decided to go to a community college or other educational institution for your degree, you will probably have to submit a formal application. You should start this process by making sure that you meet all the requirements for admissions. Most programs require students to be high school graduates, to have a GED, or to have completed an approved home schooling program. If you are a transfer student from another college, there may be a grade requirement for transferring. For example, you may be required to have a grade point average of a “C” or better. Some programs also ask that you show that you are sufficiently prepared or have the right experience to take on the course work and earn the certification.
Submit an application and send in appropriate documentation.
If you are satisfied that you qualify for admissions, you need to submit an application to the school. Some schools still ask that you print one out, fill it in, and mail it to the admissions department of the institution, but many colleges and vocational schools also provide links for you to fill out the application online. Applications usually ask you questions about your high school grades, scores on tests you might have taken, and extracurricular or community involvement. Some applications also include requests for you to send in additional documentation, such as high school transcripts. You might also need to take placement tests in order for the school to assess your current knowledge of subjects like math, English, and computer literacy.