Before being able to work in places where alcohol is served in Australia, it is a legal requirement that you complete the Responsible Service of Alcohol training. Therefore, if you intend to work in a bar, restaurant, bottle shop or even a nightclub you will need to get a RSA Certificate. Here are all the information you need to know about the RSA.
What is a RSA certificate?
The RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) is a certificate showing that you know the regulations concerning alcohol consumption in Australia. It is a requirement if you want to work in hospitality.
Mandatory in all states, you obtain your RSA by taking part in a special course. With this certificate you are allowed to work in all places where alcohol is served or sold (restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, bottle shops).
During the RSA training, you will learn to serve alcohol responsibly by identifying intoxicated customers and underage drinkers. This course will also bring awareness and prevention of drink driving. It will help you to understand the regulations regarding alcohol and its consumption in Australia. You will also learn to measure standard drinks and legally sell and serve alcohol.
How much does a RSA certificate cost?
Rates vary between $24 and $170 depending on the package chosen and the state where it is done. For all states except Victoria, the RSA can be completed online. Here are the costs to complete your RSA, including our discounts:
- Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, TAS, Northern Territory: $24 online
- Victoria: $60 or $35 online
- New South Wales: $125 online and $170 in classroom (use our links to get discounts)
How to get your RSA certificate?
To get your certificate, you can do the course in a classroom in specialised training centres or do it online via specialised accredited companies.
The Online training is self-paced. So you have the freedom to take breaks whenever you need or want to. Once completed, you can download your certificate directly. To complete the test, you have access to numerous documents and videos. It’s possible to do the entire course online. We recommend the accredited company Express Online Training (RTO 40592), which have several offers for different states (RSA – Provide responsible service of alcohol – SITHFAB002).
If you are in Sydney and would like to attend a centre to get your certificate, we recommend the accredited company Edway (RTO 91401). The training will take you a day and you will leave the centre with your certificate in hands.
If you are in Victoria, you can get your RSA Victoria online or in a classroom. Indeed since the Covid 19 pandemic, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has given authority to some companies to provide online virtual classes. You can decide to go with RSA Melbourne ($60 – includes VCGLR Certificate) or pick EOT ($35), both fully accredited.
Get your RSA in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory
You can easily get your RSA online in the States: QLD, WA, SA, ACT, TAS and NT. We recommend the company EOT which is offering a discount for our readers.
FEATURES & BENEFITS:
- Short Phone Assessment
- Available 24/7
- Automatically save your progress
- Stop & Resume at any time
- Download & Print Certificate
- Don’t need speakers or headphones
For New South Wales
It’s possible to do the entire course online or to do it in a classroom. However, the RSA course in New South Wales differs from the other courses provided in other states or territories. So if you want to work in hospitality in NSW, you will have to obtain the NSW RSA certificate, which is only valid in this state.
Should you wish to do your training online, we recommend the company EOT which is offering a discount for our readers. You can also choose to get your RSA in a classroom if you are in Sydney. In this case, we recommend you use Edway Training for a $5 discount.
RSA NSW Online with EOT
FEATURES & BENEFITS:
- EOT is Fully NSW Gov Accredited
- At-Home Course – No Classroom
- Only pay if you pass
- Price includes cost of NSW Competency Card
- Short Audio Assessment
- Stop & Resume at any time
- Download & Print Interim Certificate
- Don’t need speakers or headphones
You are required to create a USI number (Unique Student Identifier) for the completion of the course. It is free and easy. You can create this number even if you are on a Working Holiday visa. To get your USI, simply visit www.usi.gov.au/
You can only get this number if you are in Australia as it is linked to your passport number and visa.
RSA Sydney in Classroom with Edway
Many choose to do their RSA in Sydney in a classroom. Sometimes it is just easier if you don’t travel with a laptop or have a stable internet connection. For those travellers, we recommend doing your RSA in Sydney with Edway (RTO 91401). The training centres are located in the CBD in Darlinghurst, Seven Hills and Mona Vale. The training will take you a day (6.5 hours) but you will leave the centre with your certificate in hands.
All Australia Backpackers Guide readers receive a discount of $5. Use the Code: ABGEN at checkout when you book online.
Prior covid-19, in the state of Victoria you couldn’t get your RSA certificate online. The training takes one day and you will get your certificate at the end of the day.
Face-to-face with RSA Melbourne
We advise you to get your RSA with the company RSA Melbourne, approved by Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to deliver the RSA Course via classroom. The course cost $60 and includes your VCGLR Certificate. You can book a RSA Virtual Classroom or a face-to-face one. Easily book your class using the below link. Just click on the link and choose a date:
More Info: Get your RSA in Victoria
Online RSA training with EOT
It is possible to take your RSA Victoria training online since the pandemic. EOT, fully accredited (RTO 40592) offers online training for the state of Victoria at $35 instead of $80 thanks to our partnership. You can start your training by clicking on the following link:
The training is done online and takes between 4 and 6 hours depending on your pace. At the end, you will receive the Nationally Accredited Statement of Attainment and the Official VIC RSA Certificate.
Make sure to go to a certified center. To do this, go to: www.myskills.gov.au with a list of all the certified centres.
Is the RSA certificate valid all over Australia?
As the law surrounding the sale and service of alcohol vary from state to state, the RSA is not the same everywhere. Indeed, each state has it own liquor licensing requirements, therefore you cannot get a RSA certificate that is valid for all over Australia.
In normal times, the state of Victoria allows training only in classrooms and not online. However, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation now authorised some companies to provide online training for RSA Victoria. Please be aware that for holders of an RSA certificate obtained in another state, you can update it on the internet (RSA Refresher) and therefore avoid a new training in its entirety for Victoria (conditions apply).
Also note that for the state of New South Wales, the RSA is specific to the state. You can take the RSA NSW in class or online.
When and why should I get a RSA certificate?
Do I need to get my RSA before starting a job ?
If you want to work in a place where alcohol is sold or served, it is a legal requirement that you complete the RSA training. You must have your RSA certificate before you start work in the RSA industry. Most of the job offers will directly require you to have a RSA to apply.
I found a job but don’t have the RSA, what should I do ?
Generally, job advertisements specify that an RSA is necessary to start working. But you can also find some where employers specify that they are OK for you to take the RSA once you start working. In this case, the announcements will say: “RSA or willing to obtain it”. This means that you either have the RSA or you are ready to take it.
Either way, don’t stress! Some states allow you to start working without the certificate. Again, regulations vary by state/territory:
- For QLD, RSA must be obtained within 30 days of commencement
- In WA you must get your certificate within 28 days
- In SA and Tasmania you must obtain your RSA within 3 months
- In the NT (Northern Territory), the RSA must be obtained within 7 days of starting work
When should I get my RSA?
You should complete the course before looking for a job in hospitality. It will give you more chances to find a job.
By not completing your RSA training, it will be much harder to secure a job in hospitality. So we recommend you to spend the money and get the RSA. The cost of training is affordable and will be repaid quickly once you find a job in this field. You can also claim the expenses of your RSA when doing your tax return. As these fees are considered to be work-related expenses, they are tax-deductible!
Other useful training in Australia
If you want to work in the hospitality industry in Australia, then other certifications could be of great use to you! Here are a few :
RSG / RCG
The RSG is a mandatory certificate to work in gaming establishments. You will learn how to detect people with gambling problems, how to use slot machines. Training is done online or in class.
Read also : Get your RSG in Australia
Barista training teaches you how to become a coffee pro! If you want to work in a café, brasserie or restaurant, the Barista training will be extremely useful for you. You will learn how to use a coffee machine, how to make all kinds of coffees, etc.
Read also : Coffee Barista Course in Australia
Food Hygiene Certificate
If you work in a kitchen and food handling, some establishments will require a Food Hygiene training. You will learn the hygiene rules to be respected in the field of food safety.
Updated on 06/03/2023