Vocational training

Pernod Ricard unveils a new professional training program for bartenders

By James Lawrence

Published: November 09, 2022

Multinational beverage giant Pernod Ricard announced a new partnership with Professional Bar Training (PBT), a UK-based online learning program for bartenders.

Launching the world’s first accredited online training program created specifically for bar professionals, PBT’s professional courses are awarded by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality and certified by Ofqual, the official exam and regulatory body. UK government qualifications.

According to a Pernod Ricard representative, the courses have a “learn-as-you-go approach, meaning they can be taken anywhere and anytime, allowing bar professionals to easily adapt their studies the complex hours of the bar industry, while advancing their education and careers.

The program currently consists of two courses – a Level 2 Certificate in Professional Bartending Skills and a Level 4 National Diploma in Professional Bar Management.

Level 2 is for those new to the industry or with up to two years of experience and is open to anyone who wants to work as a professional bartender.

The Level 4 course, on the other hand, is designed “to help bartenders make the transition to bar management and is aimed at those who have completed and passed the Level 2 course exam or a similar equivalent qualification. (such as the Wine and Spirits Education Trust) and who have at least two years of relevant industry experience.

In addition, the Level 4 course also qualifies graduates for entry into the second year of hospitality courses offered at a number of universities.

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, said: “Our common journey with the hotel community dates back several decades. They are essential to our business and central to the lives of our consumers. »

He added: “We therefore see it as our primary responsibility to support trade however we can. Our partnership with PBT is our response to a specific industrial need identified by our customers. Improving skills and developing people in the trade is something that responds to what is a shared passion. »