National code: SITSS00071

Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol

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Overview About this course

Get qualified to serve alcohol in licensed venues in NSW and gain work in the hospitality industry. If your RSA Photo Competency Card is less than 5 years old, contact Liquor and Gaming NSW to complete your refresher course.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Sell and serve alcohol responsibly

  • Assess customers affected by alcohol

  • Identify when the sale or service of alcohol must be refused

  • Use harm minimisation strategies

  • Understand liquor laws and compliance

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • The mandatory qualification needed to serve or sell alcohol in licensed venues in NSW

  • A pathway to further study in hospitality

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Reached at least 17 years of age so you are able to work in the industry serving alcohol at the completion of your course after you turn 18

  • The ability to stand on your feet for long periods of time

  • A willingness to do shift work

  • Good judgement skills

Have you completed an RSA in NSW in the last 5 years?

  • If you have completed an RSA course in NSW with an approved training provider in the previous five years and obtained an interim certificate or the RSA competency card, you will not be able to complete this Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol. Instead contact Liquor and Gaming NSW to complete the RSA refresher course, as they are the sole provider.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: bartender, food and beverage attendant, cafe attendant, function attendant and restaurant manager.


Liquor and Gaming NSW regulates the liquor industry in NSW. TAFE NSW is approved by Liquor and Gaming NSW FY 2023/2024 to deliver RSA, RCG, Licensee/Advanced Licensee courses. At the completion of your course, present your interim RSA certificate to Service NSW to get your competency card. This permits you to work in the industry serving, selling or supplying alcohol. This card has a 5 year expiry, at which time you will need to contact Liquor and Gaming NSW and complete a refresher course to be issued with a new RSA photo competency card. #Recognition of NSW RSA and RCG competency in other jurisdictions: Responsible service of alcohol legislative and knowledge requirements differ across borders. Check with the relevant state authority to see if your NSW RSA and RCG competency is recognised.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

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TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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