DHD 10 to offer TIPS certification class

BALDWIN — District Health Department No. 10 will offer a Training for Intervention Procedures class with the goal of certifying local servers how to responsibly serve alcohol and deal with issues which often arise in the service industry.

The class will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 22, at the health department office in Baldwin. The cost of attending is $20 per person or $10 per person for groups of people who attend. Organizers ask those who wish to attend to RSVP by Monday, March 21.

"One of our areas of focus is substance abuse prevention," explained Kate Donaldson, a health educator with the department. "We believe by providing safe alcohol service certification. This will be a big step in encouraging responsible drinking and serving in this community."

Certifications are good for three years. Training sessions such as the one on March 22, will allow those who have already earned their certification to renew it.

"The class will be a three- to five-hour training session with different aspects of training presented depending on the venue you'll be working in," said Donaldson. "The Lake County class will entail on-premises training with a test at the end of the class. Those who pass will receive their certification. As an employee, you hold a lot of liability and there's a responsibility to serve alcohol safely."

By earning this certification, all servers and employees will be trained in how to deal with intoxicated individuals, how to spot fake ids, and how to properly act with belligerent customers. Every location with a liquor license in Michigan is required by law to have at least one person on staff with such a certification.

"By completing the TIPS training, your establishment, staff and community will see benefits," remarked Donaldson. "This class is great for both employees who have been in the service industry for many years as well as young professionals looking to start a career.

For more information or to RSVP, call (231) 902-8537.