Many high school students have part-time jobs. If you work in an establishment that serves alcohol, you must have a Smart Serve certification that grants the ability to serve alcohol. When applying for jobs within the food industry, having a Smart Serve certification will always put you one step ahead of other candidates. It is definitely a boost on your resume.
Currently in the month of April, you can actually get your certificate free of charge ($34.95 + HST value)! Note that Smart Serve is only valid in Ontario. Although there is no age limit to getting your Smart Serve, you must be at least 18 years old to serve alcohol.
You must go through several hours of online training as well as take a monitored test where 80% is the passing score to receive your certificate, you have 30 days to complete everything. With the high volume of applicants applying during this tough time, Smart Serve released a statement that anyone under the age of 18 should hold off on training for the time being.
For more information about Smart Serve and getting your certificate, you can visit https://smartserve.ca/ or watch this video created by Smart Serve Ontario: