Instructor Development Program

Instructor Development Program (IDP) Workshops are two-day courses designed to:

1. Help you assess and refine your current alcohol policies.

2. Provide you with the tools needed to teach your alcohol policies and procedures to your staff, empowering them with the skills necessary to take effective action and maintain good guest relations. The curriculum was written by and for facility operations managers.


Who should attend?

If you’re responsible for training event-day staff, either concessions or operations, in a professional venue, TEAM training is for you. You should have public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, knowledge of employee responsibilities, and a thorough understanding of your facility’s alcohol policies and procedures.

Who are the trainers?

The training is taught by our national cadre of TEAM Master Trainers, made up of your peers in the industry. They know the challenges you face at your facility and have innovative solutions to share.

What will I learn?

After attending the TEAM IDP, you will be certified to train your employees to recognize signs of impairment; understand how the misuse of alcohol affects them, co-workers, guests, the facility and the community; and manage alcohol effectively by working together as a team. You will receive the necessary tools to train your staff, including a USB drive with the PowerPoint presentation (in English and Spanish) as well as a library of realistic role-playing scenarios to give your staff the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned.

Will I be certified to serve alcohol?

After completing our program and passing the certification exam, you will be certified to train individuals at your facility. Trainer certification is good for 2 years. Recertification may be done at another trainer workshop. Or, if a trainer has certified at least 80 employees or conducted at least four training session during the certification period, the trainer can recertify by taking a recertification exam online. Online recertification is only permitted for every other certification period.

When you train your employees, they will also become certified by passing a certification exam. Employee certification is good for 3 years. Employee training in effective alcohol management provides one of the strongest “reasonable efforts” of your facility’s commitment to responsible alcohol consumption, which is the best defense in the event of a liability suit.

What are the associated costs?

The standard registration fee to attend the two-day workshop is $750. Members of IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers) and SMA (Stadium Managers Association) receive a discount. Travel expenses must be paid separately. Additionally, certified trainers must purchase a manual for each employee they train at their home facility. The manuals include all the alcohol management training material including an exam sheet. Manuals are $15.00 each. Discounts for IAVM and SMA members apply. Volume discounts are also available. See prices.

How can I register?


If you are already a TEAM trainer, click here to complete the recertification registration form.


Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in additional information.