In NSW, the law requires those who serve alcohol to do so responsibly. In a bid to make this happen, everyone who wants to become a bartender must complete their RSA. The RSA stands for the Responsible Service of Alcohol.
The government believes that it is important to serve or supply alcohol responsibly to reduce alcohol-related problems. The RSA program was designed in order to include "intoxication, violence and vandalism, in our community".
RSA training leads to a competency card. In the past, it used to lead to a paper certificate. Competency cards must be renewed from time to time. The time-frame is five years from when you complete your competency course. If your competency card has expired, you must complete a refresher course from the NSW government.
I've done several courses online, and I am a big promoter of online study. Whilst it is more difficult to stay motivated, if you manage to do so, it is a little bit easier to study from the comfort of your home. For this reason, I have combed through the RSA course list just for you.
Access All Areas Training provides the RSA course for $120 online. If you add an additional $20, you can opt to do it by correspondence instead.
The William Angliss Institute also offers the RSA online. This course costs $130 and there are other interesting courses on the website. I don't want to digress too much, but there is a Gelato at Home face-to-face course there as well. There are some others there too. ATS Arrow Training Services (they appear to trade as OnlineRSA) offer a nice-looking option for the RSA course. For $125 you can get the basic package, which also includes a free wine course. For $138, you can also get a free workplace hygiene course. For $181 you can get the traveller option, which nicely bundles courses for NSW together with WA, QLD, NT, SA and TAS.
Australian Club Training (Urban E-Learning PTY Ltd) is another RTO which provides the RSA online. For $109, the course also comes with four free eBooks. I note that net of the $70 cost of the competency card, this course appears to cost only $39. Not bad.
BarMax also offers the RSA. You can bundle the RSA with other courses and knock the cost down to $119, but this is only if it is part of a bundle. There are other useful courses at BarMax, so you may actually want to bundle them. Alternatively, you can complete the RSA by itself for $129.
The Coffee School offers the RSA course for $130. It takes approximately three hours to complete and you have 7 days to do it. You can also take the face-to-face option.
If you don't want to go through a private RTO, you can also do the RSA at TAFE for $160. The fee is $90 for the course and $70 for the competency card. The Hunter & Central Coast TAFE offers the RSA online. The North Coast TAFE also offers the RSA online.
Hospitality Alliance Training by Clubs WA Inc offers a $99 RSA. This particular RSA course can be taken online or via correspondence. Other courses that Hospitality Alliance Training offers are Food Handler, Customer Service and Food Safety Supervisor.
I hope that this article has helped you, I think I would personally choose the Hospitality Alliance Training course because it seems to be the cheapest - but it's all up to you.