RAMP Training Mandatory – Under Act 39 of 2016, all alcohol service personnel must complete RAMP server/seller training within six (6) months of being hired by a licensee, unless the person had successfully completed the training prior to being hired. “Alcohol service personnel” is defined as any employee of a licensee such as a bartender, waiter or, in the case of a distributor or importing distributor, a salesperson whose primary responsibility includes the resale, furnishing or serving of liquor or malt or brewed beverages. It also means any employee whose primary responsibility is to ascertain the age of individuals who are attempting to enter the licensed premises. The RAMP certification requirements apply to all licensees. Nobody is grandfathered in regardless of how long they have been in business. However, any existing employees classified as alcohol service personnel hired prior to August 8, 2016, will not be required to become RAMP server/seller trained, unless the licensee is required to do so pursuant to a conditional licensing agreement or another provision of the Liquor Code. All alcohol service personnel (so, anybody who checks ID’s, sells or serves alcohol) hired on or after August 8, 2016, who are not RAMP server/seller trained, will have to become RAMP server/seller trained within six (6) months of being hired, even if they are only part time employees. Additionally, any employees who are not currently considered alcohol service personnel but are transferred into an alcohol service personnel position on or after August 8, 2016, will need to secure RAMP server/seller-training within six (6) months of assuming their new duties.