RSA Victoria

Getting Your RSA Victoria Certificate

The Responsible Service of Alcohol in Victoria is a necessary certification required under state law for all employees in the hospitality industry. According to state regulations, not only do the managers of establishments need to have an RSA Certificate, their staff must have an RSA Certificate as well. This is in order to ensure customers a safe environment, as well as to provide staff members with the necessary knowledge and skills they need in the conduct of their legal obligations in the state of Victoria. The RSA Victoria Certificate aims to help in the following areas:

  • Dealing with intoxicated customers or threatening situations
  • Facts regarding alcohol
  • Recognizing intoxication
  • The legal ramifications of liquor
  • Service to minors

Where Can I Get an RSA-Victoria Certificate?

There are heaps of training providers where you can complete your RSA Certificate, depending on your location and budget and that’s why we did some research to find you one of the best and cheapest training providers.

We recommend you checkout this RSA Training Provider who offer the best RSA courses in Victoria. They are accredited by the necessary authorities and we have checked them out ourselves to make sure we trust them to recommend to you.

If you are in Sunshine, Geelong or Ballarat then we recommend you checkout this Training Company. They are accredited by the necessary authorities, offer great training and a great price.

If you decide to use a different training provider, you should check on what the state requirements are and make sure that the trainer you’ve picked has been duly accredited by governing authorities. Otherwise, your Victorian RSA might not be accepted.

How much Does an RSA Cost?

The cost of completing an RSA training program varies according to the training provider you choose. An RSA Certificate in Victoria will  generally be between $50.00-$70.00. It’s so important to make sure you do a bit of research beforehand in order to know which RSA Victoria Certificate deal is best.

You are welcome to post your questions or comments on this page and we’ll be sure to get back to you with the information you need.

Can I Complete an RSA Certificate in Victoria If I Am Under the Age of 18?

A person under the age of 18 is not allowed under Victorian laws to be employed in establishments dealing with liquor. But minors may complete RSA Certificate training provided that they don’t use it until they reach the age of 18.

Is an RSA Victoria Certificate Necessary?

Under law, it is mandatory for anyone working in venues that deal with liquor to have an RSA Victoria Certificate. It is also a compulsory requirement for liquor licensing to employ RSA-certified staff. It is not acceptable in the state of Victoria to complete an RSA Certificate online, nor is a nationally recognized certificate accepted.

However, if you have already completed an RSA Melbourne course previously and are simply looking to refresh your existing RSA Victoria Certificate then you can complete a refresher course online.

Can I complete my RSA Online if I plan to work in Victoria?

Unfortunately you can’t complete you RSA Online in Victoria. The Victorian government have not approved online training and require all those wanting to work in a licensed venue in Victoria to complete face to face training in Victoria. We recommend the training provider mentioned above – so make sure you check them out – they’re the cheapest training provider in Australia.

Can I work in Victoria if I have an interstate RSA?

Okay, so the rules of using interstate RSA Certificates in Victoria are pretty simple. If you completed your RSA within the last three years with a training provider who provided face to face training in another state then you just have to complete the free RSA Refresher course to make your interstate valid. If you completed your RSA in another state through Online training then you will have to redo the certificate. Victoria have not accepted online certificates at all so unfortunately you’ll have to complete it again.

RSA-Victoria Online Refresher Certificate

An online refresher course is meant for people who have already undergone initial training and have completed an RSA Certificate. The refresher course gives updates on current trends, news and changes in laws and regulations in the state and in the country. For more information on refresher courses, checkout our RSA Refresher page. All of our data has been compiled from reputable sources, in conjunction with the Department of Justice in Victoria.

Does a Victorian RSA Expire?

Yes it does. A Victorian RSA lasts three years, but all you have to do is complete a free RSA Refresher course to make sure that your certificate stays valid – pretty simple. If your RSA is more than 3 years old, you will need to check with the Victorian Liquor licensing authority to see if you are still able to complete the refresher course.

What do I do if I have lost my RSA Certificate?

If you lose your RSA Certificate try and contact the training organisation you completed the certificate with and they should be able to help you. The other option is to contact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation by calling 1300 182 457.

Once you’ve got your RSA Certificate in Victoria – What do you do next?

It’s time to get a job. But you’ve got no experience in the hospitality industry? That’s okay.. More often than not bar owners and restaurant owners actually prefer people who don’t have any experience. Often when people have had years and years of experience in hospitality they build up bad habits because some venues have less requirements of their bartenders than others. They often get stuck in their ways and don’t like changing when they go to a new job. This is where newbies can have an upper hand. If you don’t have any experience then the best thing to do is to approach the venue you want to work in and offer to learn the ropes on your own time. This shows initiative. It might mean you have to do a few hours for ‘free’ but trust me – if you can get your foot in the door in hospitality and learn quickly then you’ll be able to work anywhere in the world. If you want any more tips or advice – feel free to post a message on our page and one of us we’ll respond as soon as we can – Good Luck.

  1. Anthony JohnstonAnthony Johnston07-30-2012

    Hi How do I find out my certificate number as I have already done a course but dont have my certificate and I want to do a refresher course also how long does the RSA last for?
    Anthony Johnston

  2. JaimeeJaimee08-06-2012

    Hi Anthony,

    In order to find your certificate number you usually have to contact the training provider who you completed your certificate with. An RSA Victoria technically doesn’t expire, however you have to complete the free online RSA refresher course every three years for it to remain valid.

    Hope this helped. If you’ve got any more questions please don’t hesitate to send them through.

  3. EllenEllen08-23-2012

    Hi can I do one of the online RSA courses? Am I legally allowed to do them in Victoria or do I have to go into a place somewhere to do my RSA?

  4. JaimeeJaimee08-26-2012

    Hi ellen, Unfortunately in Victoria you have to do your RSA with a face to face training provider. An online certificate is not accepted by liquor licensing in Victoria. We recommend you checkout this RSA Training provider. We made sure they’re accredited by the necessary authorities and offer the cheapest courses in Melbourne.
    Hope this helps!

  5. AlexAlex11-07-2012


    I have just moved from NSW to Melbourne and am looking for bar work. Is my NSW RSA recognised in Victoria? It was NOT an online course- I had to attend a course at TAFE to get it.


  6. JaimeeJaimee11-26-2012

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for stopping by our site. Your NSW course that you completed at a TAFE will be recognised as long as you do the RSA Refresher course. This is a free course offered by the Victorian Government and just allows an interstate RSA to be valid in Victoria.

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