RSA-Victoria Certificate

Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate



Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Victoria is an essential certificate for hospitality workers throughout the state. It is imperative that all those working in licensed premises have the skills and knowledge to help create an enjoyable and safe environment for their patrons.

Where Can I Get My RSA-Victoria Certificate?

There are numerous training providers throughout Victoria that offer the RSA Victoria Certificate.

We recommend you checkout a particular Melbourne training provider who offer great training and they are the cheapest training provider in Melbourne. They can also help you get a job as they have job placement services and heaps of other great hospitality training as well. Click Here Now to check out the training provider we recommend.

If you are in Sunshine, Geelong or Ballarat then we recommend you checkout another training provider who offer great face to face training. Click here to check out now.

What is involved in an RSA Course?

All Licensees and staff involved in the supply of alcohol for a general license, packaged liquor, on-premises or a late night license must obtain their RSA certificate. The RSA certificate aims to provide staff with the ability to deal with the following:

  • Handling difficult or intoxicated patrons
  • Problems associated with excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Making sure all staff are responsible for RSA
  • General facts about alcohol
  • Providing a safe environment for patrons
  • Improving the atmosphere of the premises
  • Alcohol and the law.

What Will An RSA

Course Cost to Complete?

The cost of an RSA certificate can vary quite a lot between training providers. The price won’t necessarily determine the quality of training you are likely to receive but be aware of companies that appear to be extremely cheap as they may not be approved by the necessary authorities. I would expect that you would pay anywhere between $50-$80, it just depends on how much research you do so I encourage you to have a look at all of your options to make sure you get the best deal. As mentioned previously we strongly recommend the training provider mentioned above. They offer the RSA course for $45 which is the cheapest in Victoria and they can also help set you up with a job. If you do find another training provider that you are unsure about then please submit a comment on this page with the name of the training provider you have chosen and a staff member will try and find out the information for you.

Do You Have To Get An RSA Certificate?

If you want to work in the hospitality industry – then yes, you sure do! It is compulsory to have an RSA certificate if you work in a venue that has an on-premises, general, late night or packaged liquor license in Victoria. It is also compulsory in situations where there is condition or requirement on the liquor license that requires the venue to employ RSA qualified staff.
Please Note: It is not accepted to complete your initial RSA-Victoria certificate

RSA in Victoriaonline, nor is a Nationally Recognized Certificate accepted. You can however, complete a refresher course online.

What If I am Under The Age Of 18?

A person under the age of 18 can obtain their RSA-Victoria certificate, however they must wait until they are over the age of 18 to use it.

Can I complete My Victorian

RSA Online?

Nope. You can’t. Unfortunately the Victorian government has not yet approved online training for anyone in Victoria so if you plan on working in Australia then make sure you complete the RSA Victoria through face to face training through the training provider mentioned above.

What if I have completed an interstate RSA, can I work in Victoria?

Okay. So the rules about interstate RSA courses in Victoria is this; if you have completed your RSA interstate within the past 3 years and you completed the course through a face to face training provider – then you just have to complete the free RSA refresher course to have your interstate RSA made valid in Victoria. If you have completed your RSA online in another state then unfortunately you have to complete the course all over again through a Victorian training provider.

RSA Victoria Online Refresher Course

The online refresher course provides individuals who have already completed their RSA course the opportunity to update their knowledge on responsible serving practices. For more information on the refresher course, please visit our refresher course page.

This information has been compiled from numerous online sources and in conjunction with information provided by the Department of Justice, Victoria.


About Jaimee

Jaimee has spent several years in the hospitality industry, managing licensed venues on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She knows first hand the importance of staff and managers completing their RSA certificate. Please feel free to ask her any questions you have about working in the hospitality industry or about completing your RSA certification in any state within Australia.