Accreditation is extremely important to an education in bartending, as bartending is directly related to hospitality. Accreditation shows that the bartender training program is one of quality and meets the standards established by bartending and hospitality professionals. Moreover, it demonstrates that the bartending certificate or degree being pursued is an important factor to one's employment.
While some bartending programs may be accredited by independent agencies (due to state liquor laws), accreditation for most programs varies from state to state. A prime example of this is the Professional Bartending Schools of America's program which is currently acknowledged or approved in 38 states; however, states including Pennsylvania and Oregon are still pending approval.
There are several accrediting bodies in the U.S.; the six primary ones being:
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Other resources related to bartending accreditation are:
- International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
- Commission on Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs
- Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
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