Kim Reynolds, Governor
Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor
Stephen Larson, Administrator

National Grant to Fund Server Training Throughout Iowa

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

For immediate release – Friday, November 4, 2016
Contact:  Robert Bailey – 515.725.2260 or

                  Katelyn Kostek – 515.276.1454

One of the most important safeguards against consuming too much alcohol is a properly trained server or bartender. These professionals can prevent disaster by refusing to serve a customer who has had ‘too much.’

Thanks to a grant from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), another 500 restaurant workers in Iowa can get ServSafe Alcohol training through the Iowa Restaurant Association. The $25,000 Supplemental Education Award was facilitated through the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Division), a member of NABCA.

“Iowa’s hospitality industry is committed to responsible alcohol service, and affordable training options are key to obtaining this knowledge,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association.

ServSafe Alcohol training normally costs fifty dollars a person but, because of this grant, the same training is available for five dollars for Association members and ten dollars for non-members.

A minimum of 15 participants is required for each training session and establishments are encouraged to pool their employees if needed to ensure the minimum is met. The training is also available in Spanish, provided there is enough interest.

“Education is a key component of the Division’s overall compliance effort,” said Stephen Larson, Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. “We are pleased to be able to work with such an outstanding organization like the Iowa Restaurant Association to deliver this opportunity.”

Dunker added, “This grant makes it possible for any size of establishment to receive quality training for their entire staff, and it’s an excellent example of a public/private partnership in solving one of Iowa’s biggest safety concerns.”

To arrange for training, contact the Iowa Restaurant Association at 515.276.1454.

About ServSafe

  • ServSafe Alcohol is a course developed by the National Restaurant Association
  • Participants receive four hours of training and can keep the book
  • Participants take a  70 question, proctored, exam upon completion of  the training
  • Certification is good for three years



About Iowa ABD

Mission Statement: “To Serve Iowans through the responsible and efficient licensing, regulation and distribution of alcohol.” Visit the Iowa ABD online at

About the Iowa Restaurant Association

The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s restaurant industry with educational and promotional programs across the state.

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