(Posted on 6/13/11) As a current Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRAEF) MAST instructor, you are aware of the upcoming transition from our current curriculum to the nationally recognized ServSafe Alcohol program this fall. This transition requires that any instructors who would like to remain active alcohol server trainers must not only continue to be approved by the Liquor Control Board but must now also be approved by ServSafe Alcohol as an instructor.
To help our current MAST instructors in becoming an approved ServSafe Alcohol instructor, we will be holding five training sessions across Washington state. These sessions will include taking the national ServSafe Alcohol course, taking the advanced exam, learning the process in becoming a certified ServSafe Alcohol instructor and how the program will take the place of our current MAST curriculum. These training sessions are free of charge to our current instructors. If you have another employee who would also like to become ServSafe Alcohol certified, they may attend these trainings at a cost of $35 per person.
Please note that attending this class does not guarantee that you will be able to become an instructor for ServSafe Alcohol. You must pass the ServSafe Alcohol advanced exam with a minimum score of 80%. Upon passing, you will be qualified to apply for instructor status. You will receive more information regarding the application process at the class.
The ServSafe Alcohol Train the Trainer course is available:
- Vancouver – June 21st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Seattle – August 24th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Spokane – August 31st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Yakima - September 1st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Mount Vernon – September 8th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. To view the schedule and to register, click here.
Please call 877.695.9733 x 135 or email me at Kristinam@warestaurant.org should you have any questions.
(Posted on 4/27/11) The Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) has adopted a new rule prohibiting the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of pre-mixed alcohol energy drinks. The adoption of this rule requires that all MAST providers update their curriculum to show:
- The latest medical and scientific research findings on:
- The physical effects of combining energy drinks with alcohol
- The behavioral consequences of combining energy drinks with alcohol
- Potential server intervention techniques
What does this mean for WRAEF MAST Trainers?
The WRAEF has updated the class participant handbook to show the required information regarding the adopted ban of pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks. As a trainer, you will need to cover this information in your training classes as the video does not.
It is required that you use the most current version of the course materials, including the workbook, so please don’t delay in exchanging it for your current version.
You can find more information regarding this rule change by going to the LCB’s website here.
All active trainers were emailed or sent a letter with directions to download the new workbook. If you did not receive these directions and you are an active trainer, please contact Kristina McLeod at Kristinam@warestaurant.org or 877.695.9733 x 135.
It is with great pleasure that the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRAEF) announces the roll out of our online MAST program, ServSafe Alcohol Online. The recent legislative changes are allowing MAST programs to go online. At this time, the WRAEF has a tentative launch date of spring 2011. I encourage you to check back here for more current information as the date gets closer. (click here for full letter)
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