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BarSmarts

WHAT IS BARSMARTS?

BarSmarts is an online bartender education and certification program sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA and created by BAR, LLC. BarSmarts is one of two online programs offered. There is also a lower-level program offered, called BarStarts, that covers the basics of bartending.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER FOR BARSMARTS?

The BarSmarts registration fee is $29. Registered participants have 60 days to complete the program.

HOW DOES BARSMARTS WORK?

Once registered, participants have 60 days to complete BarSmarts. The program is separated into 4 Modules. Each Module includes reading material, video material, and a 25-question test. Participants have 2 chances to pass each test. Test questions are multiple-choice and based on material covered in each Module. When all 4 tests have been passed, participants are required to take a final exam called DrinkBuilder. Program graduates will be emailed a BarSmarts certificate.

WHAT IS DRINKBUILDER?

DrinkBuilder is the BarSmarts final exam. It asks participants to properly make 4 classic cocktails by choosing the correct ingredients, preparation, glass, and garnish. Classic cocktail recipes are taken directly from Module 4 of the program.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PARTICIPANT’S 60 DAYS EXPIRES?

Participants are given 60 days to complete the program. If a participant is unable to complete the program within the initial 60 days, they can request an extension. Participants will be prompted to request an extension after their 60 days have expired.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PARTICIPANT DOES NOT PASS THE SAME TEST TWICE?

Participants are given 2 chances to pass each test, including DrinkBuilder. If a participant does not pass the same test twice, they can request an additional opportunity to take and pass that test. Participants will be prompted to request a test extension after they have failed the same test twice.

DOES BARSMARTS ONLY FOCUS ON PERNOD RICARD USA BRANDS?

No. BarSmarts is a fully comprehensive spirits program that covers all spirit categories and brands.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE BARSMARTS?

It is suggested that participants take their time and learn at a comfortable pace. Participants are given 60 days to complete the program, but an extension can be requested for those who need additional time.

CAN SOMEONE REGISTER FOR A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT IF THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED BARSMARTS?

No. BarSmarts Advanced events are open to BarSmarts graduates only. Anyone interested in attending a BarSmarts Advanced event MUST complete the BarSmarts program first.

DOES SOMEONE NEED TO PASS BARSTARTS BEFORE THEY CAN REGISTER FOR BARSMARTS?

No. The completion of BarStarts is not required before registering for BarSmarts.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BARSTARTS AND BARSMARTS?

Pernod Ricard USA offers two levels of online bartender education - BarStarts and BarSmarts. BarStarts is an introductory level program that covers the basics of bartending. BarSmarts is a higher-level program with an increased level of difficulty. Both programs offer online reading, video materials and participants need to take and pass online tests. The final exam is called DrinkBuilder which asks participants to create cocktails online. Graduates of each program receive a certificate via email.

CAN SOMEONE TAKE BARSTARTS AND BARSMARTS?

Yes. Those interested can take both BarStarts and BarSmarts.

DOES PERNOD RICARD USA OFFER BARSMARTS FOR GROUPS?

Yes. Pernod Ricard USA offers the BarSmarts program to eligible establishments that would like their staff to complete the program. Interested establishments are asked to fill out and submit the form located on the website’s Staff Certified page. Once the form has been submitted, a BarSmarts representative will follow up with the establishment

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE BAR 5-DAY COURSE

For those interested in applying for further studies with the BAR team, BarSmarts is a required accreditation for application to the BAR 5-day. Please contact Beverage Alcohol Resource at www.beveragealcoholresource.com to apply.

BarStarts

WHAT IS BARSTARTS?

BarStarts is an online bartender education and certification program sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA and created by BAR, LLC. BarStarts is the introductory-level program offered and covers the basics of bartending. It is one of two online programs offered. There is also a higher-level program, called BarSmarts, that can be taken.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER FOR BARSTARTS?

The BarStarts registration fee is $29. Registered participants have 60 days to complete the program.

HOW DOES BARSTARTS WORK?

Once registered, participants have 60 days to complete BarStarts. The program is separated into 4 Modules. Each Module includes reading material, video material and a 25-question test. Participants have 2 chances to pass each test. Test questions are multiple-choice and based on material covered in each Module. When all 4 tests have been passed, participants are required to take a final exam called DrinkBuilder. Program graduates will be emailed a BarStarts Certificate.

WHAT IS DRINKBUILDER?

DrinkBuilder is the BarStarts final exam. It asks participants to properly make 4 classic cocktails by choosing the correct ingredients, preparation, glass, and garnish. Classic cocktail recipes are taken directly from Module 4 of the program.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PARTICIPANT’S 60 DAYS EXPIRES?

Participants are given 60 days to complete the program. If a participant is unable to complete the program within the initial 60 days, they can request an extension. Participants will be prompted to request an extension after their 60 days have expired.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PARTICIPANT DOES NOT PASS THE SAME TEST TWICE?

Participants are given 2 chances to pass each test. If a participant does not pass the same test twice, they can request an additional opportunity to take and pass that test. Participants will be prompted to request a test extension after they have failed the same test twice.

DOES BARSTARTS ONLY FOCUS ON PERNOD RICARD USA BRANDS?

No. BarStarts is a fully comprehensive spirits program that covers all spirit categories and brands.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE BARSTARTS?

It is suggested that participants take their time and learn at a comfortable pace. Participants are given 60 days to complete the program, but an extension can be requested for those who need additional time.

CAN SOMEONE REGISTER FOR A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT IF THEY HAVE COMPLETED BARSTARTS?

No. BarSmarts Advanced events are open to BarSmarts graduates only. Anyone interested in attending a BarSmarts Advanced event MUST complete the BarSmarts program first.

DOES SOMEONE NEED TO PASS BARSMARTS BEFORE THEY CAN REGISTER FOR BARSTARTS?

No. The completion of BarSmarts is not required before registering for BarStarts.

CAN SOMEONE TAKE BARSTARTS AND BARSMARTS?

Yes. Those interested can take BarStarts and BarSmarts at the same time. Participants who do this will be able to switch program access in their My Account area.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BARSTARTS AND BARSMARTS?

Pernod Ricard USA offers two levels of online bartender education - BarStarts and BarSmarts. BarStarts is an introductory level program that covers the basics of bartending. BarSmarts is a higher-level program with an increased level of difficulty. Both programs offer online reading, video materials and participants need to take and pass online tests. The final exam is called DrinkBuilder which asks participants to create cocktails online. Graduates of each program receive a certificate via email.

DOES PERNOD RICARD USA OFFER BARSTARTS FOR GROUPS?

Yes. Pernod Ricard USA offers the BarStarts program to eligible establishments that would like their staff to complete the program. Interested establishments are asked to fill out and submit the form located on the website’s Staff Certified page. Once the form has been submitted, a BarSmarts representative will follow up with the establishment.

BarSmarts Advanced

WHAT IS BARSMARTS ADVANCED?

BarSmarts Advanced is a full-day event of instruction, education, hands-on mixology, testing and certification that takes place in select cities each year. Hosted by BAR, LLC and Pernod Ricard USA, these events are a day of challenge, learning, and fun. The morning session includes an introduction by Paul Pacult, a comprehensive blind tasting with Steve Olson and Doug Frost, history and cocktail/punch demos with Dale DeGroff and Dave Wondrich and a discussion on service and hospitality with Andy Seymour. In the afternoon, participants will take a 100-question test (includes a blind tasting) and a separate practical exam. The practical exam asks that participants properly make 3 classic cocktails in front of one judge. Feel free to bring your own bar tools or use the ones that are provided. Participants that pass both exams will become BarSmarts Advanced Certified – the highest certification offered! Registration for BarSmarts Advanced events is open to any participant who has completed the BarSmarts program.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER FOR A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT?

The registration fee for BarSmarts Advanced is $75. Breakfast and lunch are included. If you are travelling to BarSmarts Advanced from out-of-town, we suggest arriving the day before an event. Travel and lodging costs are not included.

WHAT TIME DO BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENTS START?

BarSmarts Advanced events start promptly at 9AM and end around 5PM. We suggest participants arrive to the event location at 8:30AM.

CAN SOMEONE ATTEND A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT IF THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE ONLINE BARSMARTS PROGRAM?

No. Those interested in attending a BarSmarts Advanced event MUST pass the online BarSmarts program first.

CAN SOMEONE ATTEND A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT IF THEY HAVE COMPLETED BARSTARTS?

No. BarStarts is an introductory-level online program. Completion of BarStarts does not fulfill the requirement to attend a BarSmarts Advanced event. Those interested in attending a BarSmarts Advanced event MUST pass the BarSmarts program first.

DO BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENTS ONLY FOCUS ON PERNOD RICARD USA BRANDS?

No. BarSmarts Advanced events cover all spirit categories and brands.

HOW SHOULD PARTICIPANTS PREPARE FOR A BARSMARTS ADVANCED EVENT?

Before attending a BarSmarts Advanced event, it is strongly suggested that participants log back into their online BarSmarts account and re-review all reading/video material. Specifically for practical exam preparation, it is suggested that participants re-review the 25 Drinks Every Bartender Should Know located in Module 4. BarSmarts Advanced participants will be asked to make 3 drinks correctly from this list.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE BAR 5-DAY COURSE

For those interested in applying for further studies with the BAR team, BarSmarts is a required accreditation for application to the BAR 5-day. Please contact Beverage Alcohol Resource at www.beveragealcoholresource.com to apply.

Staff Certified

WHAT IS STAFF CERTIFIED?

Pernod Ricard USA offers BarSmarts and BarStarts to eligible establishments that would like their staff to take the program(s). Approved participating establishments receive a promo code and online access to both programs to track staff registrations/program progress. Establishments that take part in this offer will be accessing the same BarSmarts and BarStarts programming that an individual, who pays the registration fee, will be accessing.

HOW DO INTERESTED ESTABLISHMENTS APPLY FOR STAFF CERTIFIED?

Any establishment interested in offering BarStarts or BarSmarts to their staff will need to go to the Staff Certified page and fill out/submit the application. A BarSmarts representative will review the submitted application and follow up with the establishment to inform them if they have been accepted into the offering or not.

QUESTIONS?

Talk to a Pernod Ricard educational specialist.

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