Last summer Governor Wolf signed Act 39 of 2016 which made several changes to the Liquor Code. Among those changes were provisions regarding the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) requirements. RAMP training covers how to detect fake IDs, identify signs of intoxication and how to otherwise responsibly manage patrons.
The law now requires that anyone who serves or sells alcoholic beverages and/or checks IDs (including bartenders, waiters, beer distributor sales persons, bouncers, doorpersons, etc.) must now complete RAMP server/seller training. The following guidelines are meant to help licensees determine who must complete training, and when they must do it:
All new alcohol service personnel hired on or after August 8, 2016 who are not RAMP server/seller trained must be so-trained within 180 days of being hired.
All new alcohol service personnel hired on or after August 8, 2016 who are already RAMP server/seller trained must maintain that training, which means that they must be re-trained before their current training certification expires.
All alcohol service personnel hired before August 8, 2016 who are not RAMP trained need not obtain RAMP server/seller training unless required by a conditional licensing agreement or another provision of the Liquor Code.
All alcohol service personnel hired before August 8, 2016 who are RAMP server/seller trained need not be retrained unless required by a conditional licensing agreement or another provision of the Liquor Code.
All employees hired before August 8, 2016 who are not RAMP server/seller trained, but who transfer into an alcohol service position on or after August 8, 2016, need to obtain RAMP server/seller training within 180 days of assuming their new duties All service personnel hired to work an off premises catering event must be RAMP server/seller trained before the event occurs.
Server/seller training is available online through approved providers, in scheduled classroom sessions once a participant registers for PLCB+, or by scheduling with approved instructors.
For more information please contact our office.
– J. Ken Butera