Illinois BASSET Programs FAQ
When is it more beneficial to become BASSET Instructor Certified, rather than just sending people to a class?
If you have more than 25 employees, seasonal help, high turnover, or logistical problems for attendance, we reccommend trainer certification.
What is the fee to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission for my BASSET Instructor License?
$350 for your initial application and license, and $350 each year for renewal.
Is it more economically feasible to be a BASSET Certified Trainer?
The cost of the Online BASSET Trainer Program plus all of your classroom materials is $395 and the live class is $525. Your annual BASSET Instructor License is an additional $350, for a total first year cost of $745-$905. The avaerage BASSET instructor charges $35 per student to conduct a live class. That means if you had 25 employees to train in that first year, you would save $175-$275 in that first year alone becoming a trainer. Each year after that, you would only have the $350 license renewal fee to contend with.
How long will it take to get my BASSET Instructor License once I've applied?
You should receive your license 2-3 weeks after you apply.
If I receive my BASSET Trainer Certification under one company or municiality, and I moved to a new one, will I have to take the program again.
The short answer is yes, but it would be a shorter modifed version of your orignal class.
If I am a certified BASSET Instructor can others train under my license?
Yes. As long as they have successfully taken and passed the BASSET Instructor Program and have received their certification.
Do you have to pay the $350 fee to the ILCC for every instructor added to your license?
No. Multiple certified instructors from your organization can all teach under one license.
Am I limited where I can teach the BASSET program as an instructor?
No. Once certified and licensed, you can teach the program anywhere in Illinois.
What is the difference between a 4-hour "on-premise" class and a 3-hour "off-premise" class?
The 4-hour program is mandated for operations that have on-premise alcohol consumption (i.e. bars, restaurants, banquet halls, etc..). The 3-hour program is for retail operations only (i.e. liquor stores, grocery stores, etc..).
Can I teach a BASSET class with a 4-hour student BASSET certification?
Once I become a Certified BASSET Instructor am I authorized to train others to become BASSET Instructors?
Do BASSET Instructors need to provide their classes in both English and Spanish
No. Instructors will be required to offer BASSET in both English and Spanish but can refer all Spanish speaking students to a licensed BASSET Instructor that teaches the course in Spanish. You can find bi-lingual instructors for referrals on the ILCC's website.
How long are BASSET student certifications good for?
Outside of Cook County BASSET Student certifications have a 3-year expiration date, inside Cook County they have a 2-year expiration date.
If I am already TIPS or ServSafe certified do I still need to be BASSET certified?
Although the ILCC recognizes TIPS and ServSafe as acceptable substitutes for the BASSET certification, many municipalities and companies do not. Check with your local government office or HR department for clarification.
Does the online BASSET class meet the requirements for both retail and on-premise consumption training time requirements?
What if you don't (or can't) finish the program in the 72 hours the system gives you when you register?
You will have to re-register (and re-pay) for another program
Will my municipality or employer recognize an online BASSET certification?
Inside Cook County, No. Outiside of Cook County, check with your local municipality or employer before registering for this program. This does NOT apply to the Online BASSET Instructor Program!
Will I get an official laminated BASSET card from the ILCC after I pass the program?
If I'm BASSET certified but can't find my card, do I have to take the class again?
If your license is still valid, no. Just contact the ILCC to inquire about getting a new laminated BASSET card. If your license has expired then yes.