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About the Class

The Bartending & Barista Training Class (BTC) is an 11-week intensive training program focusing on preparing individuals to professionally prepare mixed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and related products and manage bars, lounges, and beverage service operations in the hospitality industry. Coursework is centered upon current food and beverage industry standards of mixology, enology, inventory and cellar management, bar and lounge management, applicable laws and regulations, and customer service.


Training course content includes

  • Knowledge of liquor, cordials, wines and beers by popular brands, description, tastes, and geographical locations of manufacturers

  • Basic and advanced mixing techniques such as pouring, shaking, stirring and straining to mix 100+ different cocktails

  • Proper usage of each glass type and garnish used for specific drinks

  • Banquet busing, bartending and serving skills to maximize tips earned

  • Bar operations, such as bar set-up and closure

  • Common regulation of Alcoholic Beverage Control Law

  • Basic knowledge on roasting and blending coffee beans

  • Operation of commercial espresso machine to create various coffee drinks


Students who have completed our program currently work at Westin St. Francis Hotel, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hilton Hotel, United Polaris Lounge at SFO, Metropolitan Club, Benihana and other local restaurants, bars and clubs. Looking to hire our students? Let us know here!

Program Details

Upcoming Start Date: TBD

Program Length: 11 Weeks

Class Times: Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 10:30AM

Language of Instruction: English


To be eligible for the Bartending & Barista Training Class, you must be:

  • A legal U.S. resident with authority to work in the U.S. (i.e. valid Social Security Card)

  • 21+ years or older

  • ESL Level 6 or above

  • Looking to change professions or find employment

Fees & Funding

The total charge for the BTC program is $2,800. This amount covers the full period of attendance (11 weeks).


Qualified students can have their tuition and fees subsidized by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Students who do not qualify for subsidies but are otherwise eligible to enroll in our programs may do so if the total charge is paid in full by the first day of the program session.

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Subsidized Amount

How to Apply

To apply for our upcoming Bartending & Barista Training Class, please visit our office at 747 Commercial Street to complete an enrollment application. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to call us at 415-989-8224 or email us at

Charity Cultural Services Center

747 Commercial Street

San Francisco, CA 94108


Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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