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Bartending to the Max-Online


Unlike any other type of bartending course, Bartending to the Max is a combination of Bartending the Easy Way and Professional Bar Management. This exceptional bartending class will prepare you to work as a professional bartender in all types of establishments. If you are serious about the bar business, this course will also expand your knowledge into the area of management, including inventory, profits and staff issues. This information could lead to better bartending positions or even a career in management. Bartending to the Max will leave you with a thorough understanding of how the bar business works and will teach you a common sense approach to bartending in the real world and lessons that will benefit you throughout life.

Bartending requires many skills, including an excellent memory, proficiency at multi-tasking, tremendous patience and talents beyond the making of cocktails. Because there are jobs of all skill levels, anyone can become a bartender. In addition to learning the basics of tending bar, this course emphasizes ethics and customer service, which is invaluable knowledge for anyone who works in a bar or restaurant. The class is extremely beneficial to bar owners, managers, waitresses and novice bartenders, also.

Hollywood bartender Kellie Nicholson has condensed over twenty-five years of experience into a course that will give you the confidence to step behind a bar anywhere. Serving clientele like Will from the Black-Eyes Peas, David Schwimmer, Jessica Simpson and Ashton Kutcher is only a small part of her extraordinary career. Her experience includes many years of management, which she uses to share what managers look for in a good bartender and to teach you how to manage a bar like a professional. Her students have often been hired as managers when applying for a bartending job due to the lessons learned from this course.

Kellie will teach you the basics that will put you on the road to quickly become a professional. She has been hired to train bar employees all over the Los Angeles area and also consults with bars and restaurants in many areas of the business. Her bartenders are successfully working at establishments all over the United States.

Class materials Fee: $45 (optional), include a colored lesson manual for bartending and a colored lesson manual for management, (which may be printed from your own computer at no charge or studied online), recipe flash cards, a jigger, a pour spout and a laminated recipe sheet. It is recommended that you purchase the recipe flash cards ($3), jigger ($3), pour spout ($1) and laminated recipe sheet ($1) offered on the class web site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a certificate for bartending?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive the Professional Certificate validated by your instructor. A final score of 90% or above will earn you a Master�s Certificate of Excellence. Additionally, you will be offered the opportunity to purchase an Official University Certificate at the end of the course for $39, though this is not necessary. If you choose not to purchase the Official University Certificate, you may select a Letter Certificate in the form of a Word document at no additional charge. Each certificate offered through this program is a symbol of your achievement from a highly respected organization.

What does "certification" mean for a bartender?

Though your employer might want you to be a "Certified Bartender" for insurance purposes and to assure that you have been trained, there is no legal requirement for "certification" in most states. This course offers you "Professional Certification" and, in order to assure that you are aware of your state's most up-to-date laws, we will also provide a phone number where you can call for your state's regulations and age of service laws.

How can I learn everything I need to know about bartending from an online course?

In this class you will learn valuable information that will make you a superior bartender, a great employee and a skilled bar manager. Additionally, you will be provided with recipes to learn and detailed instruction to practice pouring the perfect shot. This is all you need to get started.

Am I guaranteed job placement?

You should be very leery of anyone who promises you job placement. That is not possible. You may be given leads, but you will have to get the job on your own. Additionally, keep in mind that every other student will be given the same leads. Bartending to the Max includes thorough coverage of resumes, experience and job interviews, which is how you will get a job. You will be taught the best way to find a bartending job, but you will have to make the contacts yourself, just like any other class.

Why are there so many bartenders who have never taken any kind of class?

Bartending requires confidence, intellect, common sense, patience, endurance and multi-tasking skills, which cannot be taught in any bartending class. Bartending to the Max will teach you everything you need to know to be a working, professional bartender.

Can an older person get a job bartending?

You should think about working with a clientele that is near your own age. Since there are bars for all ages, then anyone should be able to find a job.

How would this class help me get a job?

Bartending to the Max stresses customer service, which is actually the most important part of bartending. Since Kellie Nicholson has been hired at 60 - 70 establishments (often working the busiest nights at 2-3 jobs at once) and has managed and hired the staff in many bars, she will teach you what managers look for in hiring their bar employees. You will also learn how the bar business works, which makes you a valued employee.

How is this class different than others?

Though it is most beneficial to learn all of the drink recipes and to know how to mix the cocktails, that is only a very small part of becoming a professional bartender. There is so much more involved in working behind the bar and this class focuses on the most important aspects of bartending in the real world. Yes, the fun part is mixing the cocktails, but often the principles of the business, customer service and ethics are overlooked areas of the job. Bartending is a career that demands great intelligence, quick-thinking, an excellent memory, physical stamina and superior multi-tasking skills. These talents cannot be taught in any bartending class.

However, since there are all types of bartending jobs that require many different levels of skill, anyone can become a bartender. When researching your choice of a bartending education, keep in mind the factors that are necessary to perform all aspects of the job. Memorizing 300 recipes does not make you a professional bartender. Additionally, having an understanding of the bar manager's job will help you get better bartending positions.

I'm still leery about the online format of a bartending class, so can you tell me what type of homework is involved?

You will be provided 20 lessons to read and study, then a quiz will follow each lesson. Recipes must be memorized (around 70 total) forwards and backwards. You will regularly use only about 30 of them, but you need to know them all. The bottles of liquor must be studied, so that you can spot a particular liquor at a glance. These can be learned easily from the photos in the manual. Then, you should practice over and over how to pour an exact shot using the "tail," as demonstrated in the video on the class web site. Professional bartenders do not count when they pour their shots, as they are multi-tasking and doing too many other things.


In this class you will learn valuable information that will make you a superior bartender, a great employee and a professional bar manager. As a result of successful completion of the course you will:

  • Be able to properly make the most common cocktails.
  • Know how to pour an accurate shot of alcohol.
  • Have an understanding of how the bar business works.
  • Possess excellent customer service skills.
  • Know how to handle difficult guests.
  • Have excellent sales techniques.
  • Understand how to assess profits.
  • Know how to take inventory and order products.
  • Have a list of ways to raise sales and cut costs.
  • Be able to professionally handle common customer and staff issues.
  • Shine on a job interview.


Upon completion of each lesson, you will take a quiz. Your answers will be recorded and later tallied with a required score of 70% or above to complete the course. A score of 90% or above will earn you a Master's Certificate of Excellence. If you pay attention to details, you will do extremely well. The final assignment will be to complete a resume using the sample in the manual.

You will receive your certificate after all lessons and quizzes have been completed and your questions have been answered.

course quick facts
course code DED2311
cost $109.00
estimated time to
complete course
30 Hours
course materials
90 Days