SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL (SP)
The Spirits Professional Exam consists of 100 multiple choice/true-false questions and can be completed online or at a live testing event, with a time limit of 45 minutes. The Spirits Professional Exam tests your knowledge of Spirits 101 (history, geographic significance/requirements, distillation, raw materials, service, notable cocktails, etc.) info for all categories. You should also be familiar with IBA Presentation standards, general service standards concerning health & safety, cocktail recipe knowledge & history, and beer & wine basics. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the Spirits Professional Exam before progressing to the Advanced Bartender Certification level. Prerequisite: None.
Upon completing the exam, you will receive your score immediately.
If you received a passing score, your certificate and pin will be mailed to you. A Spirits Professional Badge will be added to your membership profile. You will then be able to add the SP designation after your name.
If you did not receive a passing score, a code will be emailed to you to provide a discount on retaking the Spirits Professional Exam. The Retest Fee is $95.
ADVANCED BARTENDER (AB)
The Advanced Bartender Certification consists of both a Written Exam and a Practical Exam. The written portion is 100 multiple choice/true-false questions that can be completed online or at a live testing event, with a time limit of 45 minutes. A score of 75% or higher is required to pass the Written Exam. The Practical must be completed at a live testing event and consists of 4 modules that evaluate Cocktail and Spirits Tasting, Creativity, IBA Presentation, Efficiency & Technique, and Bar Management & Guest Service. All modules must be passed to pass the Practical Exam. Both the Written and Practical Exams must be passed to earn the Advanced Bartender Certification. Prerequisite: Must have passed the SP Exam to register for either portion of the AB Exam.
The USBG Master Accreditation Program Beverage & Bartending Compendium is also available through the online store. This guide will help you prepare for both the Spirits Professional and Advanced Bartender Exams.
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