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Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol

  • National Course Code: SITSS00055
  • TAFE NSW code: SITSS00055-V01-21WCN-039

Western NSW multiple locations: Connected

Armidale, Bathurst, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Boggabilla, Coonabarabran, Coomealla, Cobar, Condobolin, Coonamble, Cowra, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Forbes, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Gilgandra, Grenfell, Inverell, Lake Cargelligo, Lightning Ridge, Lithgow, Moree, Menindee, Mudgee, Narrabri, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Quirindi CLC, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Walgett, Warren, Wellington, Wilcannia


Full Time



Course Start Date

11 Nov 2021

Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


1 Day

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) is the mandatory training to sell and serve alcohol in NSW. Successfully complete this short course and receive an interim certificate so you can start working in the industry immediately.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Comply and understand NSW liquor laws and how to sell, serve and supply alcohol responsibly
  • Help customers to drink within appropriate limits
  • Assess alcohol-affected customers and refuse service
  • Design strategies for harm minimisation
  • Understand compliance and enforcement


Develop the personal attributes that help you get ahead:

  • Customer-service and interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • An interim certificate to serve, sell and supply alcohol in a licensed premises in NSW, as well as other states and territories

Career opportunities:

  • Bar staff
  • Wait staff
  • Hospitality worker
  • Winery, brewery and distillery cellar-door staff


Completing this course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and qualification to serve, sell and supply alcohol in a licensed premises in NSW.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended you have:

  • Communication skills
  • Customer-service skills
  • The ability to complete a short pre-course reading activity which will be sent to you

Important information

You must be at least 17 years old on the date of your enrolment. This is based on industry and training guidelines.

If you are under the recommended age and still want to enrol, or you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


Commonly known as the RSA, the Statement of Attainment in Responsible Service of Alcohol is the mandatory training required to sell, serve or supply alcohol in NSW.

This is regulated by Liquor & Gaming NSW, who have approved TAFE NSW to deliver this training.

Important: you can take this course to become job-ready but you will not be able to serve or sell alcohol until you are 18 years old.

Competency cards

To get your NSW RSA competency card:

  • Present your interim certificate (issued after successful completion of your RSA course) to a Service NSW centre and complete a 100 point identification check
  • Service NSW will post your card to you. You should allow up to one month for delivery
  • Digital competency cards are available via the Service NSW app. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play and follow the prompts

Important: you can take this course to become job ready but you will not be able to serve or sell alcohol until you are 18 years old.

Recognition of NSW RSA 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 competency is recognised.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

For successful completion of this course you will need to provide evidence that you are 17 years or older. If you currently hold an RSA Competency Card that has (within 28 days of the date of the course) or is about to expire you should contact Liquor and Gaming NSW to undertake a refresher course, as you will not be eligible to enrol in this course.

This course is delivered via Video Conference from your nearest TAFE Campus from 8:45 am to approximately 4:00 pm. You must be in attendance for a minimum of 6 hours to successfully complete the course. For specific course attendance details please contact your local TAFE NSW Campus - Administration Office. Please note you will not be able to join the course after 9:20 am as there is a compulsory lock out time required by Liquor and Gaming NSW from this time.


This is a full time, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 9 hours of class delivered via Video Conference, over 1 day, for I week.

This course is offered by Connected Classroom.  This is just like a regular classroom, but teachers and students use the latest video conferencing technologies.

Your teacher can be in one TAFE location, and you can join the class from another TAFE location using video conferencing equipment or a mobile device. You can also join in from a venue in a participating regional community. You will be able to see and talk to your teacher and other students as though they were in the room with you. You will also have access to support to meet your learning needs.


This course offering is designed for people who are from regional and remote communities to study RSA when convenient. For this campus-based course you will undertake your learning and assessment in a classroom at your local TAFE NSW West Region Campus and Video Conference into Cowra TAFE Campus where your teacher will be situated.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is delivered from your nearest TAFE campus on Thursday from 8:45am to 4:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This training is not subsidised by Government funding. There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this course. Payment of course fee must be made PRIOR to commencement of learning activity.

A fee of $165 for RSA qualification applies to this course and includes tuition, Competency Card and all resources required for completion of the qualification. Refer to reverse of the RSA Interim Certificate for examples of identification needed for 100 point ID check required when you take your Certificate to Service NSW to obtain your Liquor and Gaming NSW Competency Card.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Blended learning provides students with access to a wide range of courses and training opportunities from a local TAFE NSW campus or from home.

Blended learning combines online, web/video conferencing, and workshops including:

Study using the TAFE Digital online learning platform.

Connected learning on campus
Connected learning enables you to attend your nearest TAFE NSW campus to participate in scheduled video conference classes with your teacher and other students located around the state.

Mobile training units
Mobile training units can be mobilised across many TAFE NSW locations and enable you to access teachers and specialised equipment and resources required on training days.

Elective Units
Number Title
SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

This skill set is for personnel involved in the sale, service, and promotional service of alcohol in licensed premises. It also applies to the licensee who is ultimately responsible for managing the responsible service of alcohol.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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