Professional Alcohol Seller's Training LLC
"Learn from the PAST prepare for the future"
    past@knology.net  256.895.0403                                256.509.7610

George Burgess, Owner & Corporate Trainer
ABC RVP Training since 1990

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  •      "ABC/RVP Training Since 1990"

Our office will be closed May 20th thru May 29th. We will reopen Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. Leave your business information, orders and questions at past@knology.net and I will process starting the 30th. Please order in advance.

  •    Anheuser-Busch Logos are furnished under an annual CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) contract with certain Alabama Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers for use on this web-site and on direct mail to Alabama ABC licensed retailers. Other use by the general public is prohibited.   
  • We are getting many calls from licensees requesting (8X13) WE I.D. signs. You must have two posted. Two were sent to you with your first order and a extra copy is in the back flap of your "Trainer's Kit". You may make as many copies as you like. Please have these signs posted. If you need a copy e-mail me at past@knology.net and I will attach one and return it to you. Also make sure you have your MOD/Person in Charge sign posted and your Amount of Alcohol in a Drink sign if you sell liquor On Premise. Remember to do Semi-Annual updates every six months and train new employees with a new "Trainee Book/Test" within 30 days of employment. These are all requirements of the Responsible Vendor Program. NOTICE: The ABC is checking. 

ALL new hire training classes must be entered into the ABC web-site below:


    RVP Training Registration

    Register upcoming New Hire Training here.

    • Enter the training information for NEW HIRE TRAININGS only. Do not submit information for Semi-Annual meetings.
    • Enter the information for your training event. ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED.
    • Click 'Add Training' button. Training information will appear in grid.
    • Repeat first two steps to list multiple training events.
    • After last training entered appears in grid, click 'Save All' button.
    • Clear Entries button clears textboxes ONLY.
    • Reset button resets the page.

All Master Trainers and In House Trainers please take note.
Per my meeting with the ABC, these are some compliance, filing and violation concerns which were reviewed.

  • Do not under any circumstance use items not provided by PAST for PAST Responsible Vendor Training. These items include videos, PowerPoint’s or documentation that you or others may have created. These items are not ABC approved and are not authorized for PAST training. This will cause decertification or denial of certification by the ABC and can create serious problems in the event of a court case.
  • Do not have a licensee submit documentation for certification until ALL applicable employees are trained. This is grounds for denial of certification.
  • Make sure all employee training is completed and certification documentation is submitted to the ABC within 90 days of the “Train the Trainer” date or certification will be denied.
  • Make sure to use the correct ABC license(s) number(s) on the forms (as explained on our PowerPoint).  Do not use a city license number or other license number. This will cause denial.
  • Make sure the Application for Certification is notarized and filled out correctly. This is explained in the class and on the PowerPoint. If filed incorrectly, certification will be denied and documentation will have to be redone and resubmitted.
  • Make sure all signage is correct as covered in the class. Do not use other sizes or change the wording in any way.
  • Remember the annual fee for certification is $35 per license (alcohol type) designation.
  • If the licensee has had a DRAM shop charge, an underage sales conviction within 1 year or 2 ABC citations within the last few years certification will probably be denied.
  • Do not short cut the class. If the ABC finds that a trainer is short cutting the class, that trainer will be disallowed to train and certification will be denied.
  • Remember this is a voluntary State class. We are aware that some municipalities are requiring ABC RVP training. However, this is not a local municipal class but a State ABC program and must be done per ABC standards.




  •     Renewal Notice post card below: make sure to renew your Responsible Vendor Certification on line when you renew your ABC License annually.

    ABC address for  renewal 

  •       ABC license style 
    All products authorized will now be listed on the same license (sheet of paper)with the same 9 digit license number. However, each product type will have a different prefix which is part of the number, making it 12 total digits. Such as 050 for off premise beer or 070 for off premise wine. The last RESPONSIBLE VENDOR prefix was 600. The new prefix is 610 if you have 1 license prefix (beer,wine or liquor) 620 if you have 2 different such as 050 Off Premise beer and 070 Off Premise wine. A Off Premise liquor store selling all 3 is a 011 and considered 1 prefix for all 3 as is a 020 restaurant selling all 3 types of alcohol. The ABC is no longer sending a gold medallion for new Responsible Vendor certification. They now reprint your ABC license with the 610 or 620 prefix.

    The ABC 200 Manufacturer license can't be Responsible Vendor certified. The RVP certification is for retail licensees. However, there are new regs and laws pending which may change this in the future.

    If your ABC license has had an ABC citation against it for underage sales within the last four years you will not be able to be certified as a Responsible Vendor until the citation comes off of the four year listing.  

The P.A.S.T. Professional Alcohol Seller's Training L.L.C. Alabama ABC approved Responsible Vendor Program is the most modern and up to date course of instruction available.

Instructional CD audio data disk is provided (not required by regulation but as an additional tool). Remember, "Face to Face" training is required.

Trainer's kits available for "In House" trainers which include a Driver's License booklet (not required by regulation but as an additional tool). Furnished thru an Anheuser-Busch CSR contract with certain Alabama Anheuser-Busch wholesalers.

Both On and Off Premise courses available.

All documentation, labels and laminated signage included.

We are an "In State Provider" not an "Out of State Provider with a cookie cutter class". There is not a minimum purchase, such a 10 book package as it is with some providers. Our instruction deals with Alabama laws, rules and regulations, serving and selling techniques and the identification of false and modified I.D.s. Our area trainers have over 150 years of combined experience in the alcohol industry in Alabama and are here in Alabama to serve you.                                                                                   Some providers charge up to $499 for you to become a Trainer and then $40 per Trainee. P.A.S.T. charges (0) for you to become a Trainer. You just buy a $40 Trainers Kit (including a Driver's License booklet, forms, labels and signs) and only $20 per trainee booklet which includes the Test and Employee Acknowledgement Statement.

We have been teaching this program since it began in 1990.

We have trained over forty thousand Servers, Sellers, Managers and "In House" Trainers for thousands of licensees across the state of Alabama.

Our Customers Include but are not limited to: 5 Star Food Marts, 6 Pocket Billiards, 10th Ave. Package, 14th Street Chevron, 41st Street Pub and Aircraft Sales, 72 Roadhouse, 301 Bistro and Beer Garden, 315 Exchange, 1831, A1 Beverage, Albertville Golf and Country Club, Aldi Inc., All Steak, Altadena Valley Golf and Country Club, A&M Oil Company, Amberley Suites Hotel, American Legions, Anniston City Meeting Center, Another Broken Egg, Asian Rim, Athens Beverage, Auburn Hotel & Conv. Ctr., Aztecas, Bama Jam Farms, Bama Theater, Bank Street Green, Bar Louie, Bayshore Oil Co. Inc, B&B Package, Beef O'Bradys, Below the Radar, Bent Brook Golf Course, Bento Japanese Restaurant, Big A Convenience Stores, Big Al's Lounge, Big Sandy Food Mart, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Black Warrior Brewing Co., Blue Parrot, Bonnie Crest Country Club, Books A Million, Bootlegger Beverage, Bowden Oil Co., Brick House, Bubba's Seafood House, Buddy's Food Marts, Buds, Buffalo Rock, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burns & Burns Inc., Burn's Oil Company, Burrito Express, Cajun Steamer, Cantina Laredo, Capitol Service Stations/Tom Jones, Capstone Club, Capstone Hotel, Carlton's Italian, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Casa Santiago, Cefco Inc., Cheaha State Park Lodge, Cheese Cake Factory, Chedder's, Chips & Salsa Cantina, C.J.s Steak House, Clark Oil Co., Club Imagination, Cobb Theatres, Connor's Steak & Seafood, Conoco, Comfort Inns and Suites, Copper Line Beverage, Country Inns & Suites, Courtyard Marriott, Cox Creek Chevron, Chuck's Spirits, Crawmomma's Steak & Seafood, Crimson Bar, Crocodile Ed's Grill and Fish Market, Crow Creek Beverage, Cullman City Parks and Rec., Cullman Golf Course, CVS Pharmacy, Dandy's Package Store, Decatur Country Club, Decatur Golf Course/Point Mallard, DePalma's, Desoto Golf Course, Discus Oil Company, Dixie Shrine, Doc's Seafood Shacks, Doozy's, Dothan Country Club, Drakes, Dreamland BBQ, Druid City Brewing, Eagles, Earlyworks Museum, East Alabama Mental Health Prevention Services, Ed's Seafood Shed, Eidson Petroleum, El Camino Real, El Rio, El Rodeo, El Tenampa, EZ Marts, Fajita Grill, Farm Burger, Fiesta Mexicana, Fig Tree Café, Five Star Plantation, Food-Fite, Food Fare, Food Plus, Foodworld, Fowler Oil Company, Fox & Hounds Pub & Grille, Friday Mgt. LLC/Shell, Fuel City, Fulin's, Gallette's, Genghis Grill, Ginny Lane Bar & Grill, Golden Rule BBQ, Grand Buffet, Grand China, Greenetrack, Guin Package, Gulf Shores Steamer, Gunters Landing, Guntersville Foodland, Hacienda San Miguel, Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill, Hampton Inns & Suites, Hard Dock Cafe, Helena Buck Creek Festival, Heritage Golf, High Tide, Highway 67 Roadhouse, Hill Petroleum, Hilton Garden Inns, Hog Wild II, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites, Hoover Country Club, Houligan's, Hounds Tooth,  Huatulco, Huddle House, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville Country Club, Hyatt, Ice House, Ichiban, IGA, Indian Hills Country Club, Iron Horse Cafe, Jack's Truck Stop, Jack's Beverage, Jackie's Lounge, Jake's Grill, Jefferson's, Jet Pep, Jiffy Food Stores, Jimmy's, Jim & Nicks, Jinsi Sushi, Jones Oil Co. Inc/Mr. Roys, Jules J. Berta Vineyards, KC's Coyote Cafe, KJ's Seafood, Knights of Columbus, La Fiesta, Lake House, Lakeview Oyster House, Landry's, Las Parrillas, Las Trojas, Lauderdale Lanes, Lee Ann's, Liberty 2000, Lightning Strikes, Little Deb's, Lisa's Lounge, Liquor Express, Liquor Store, Longhorn Steakhouse, Los Arcos, Lu Lu's at Homeport, Luciano's, Max Oil Co. Inc., McCormick & Schmick's, McPherson Oil Co., Mellow Mushroom, Melting Pot, Mental Health of Madison County, Michael's Steak & Seafood, Midtown Café and Grill, Milano's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Moe's BBQ, Momma Goldberg's, Moore C Stores, Moose Lodge, Moulton Exxon, Mountain Brook Golf, Murphy Oil, Musgrove Country Club, Ninja, Nolan's, North River Yacht Club, Niffer's at the Lake, Niffer's Place, O.T.'s, Oak Mountain Lanes, Oasis Travel Centers, OK Bike Shop & Liquid Sushi Lounge, Old Colony Golf, Old Overton Club, Ole' Maria's, Olive Garden, Papa's Pizza at the Wharf, Pappas, Parker Foods, Parr's Inc., Pasquale's Pizza, Pic-N-Save, Pickwick Belle Riverboat, Pie In The Sky, Pier 69, Piggly Wiggly, Pigs Chickens and Bottom Feeders, Pinz, Pizza Hut, Port of Madison, Port Stop, Pratt Pub & Oyster Bar, Priceless IGA, PYROS Pizza, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Quality Petroleum, Raceway, R.K. Allen Oil Co., Ragland Brothers/Piggly Wiggly & Lucky's Supermarkets, R. Davidson Chop House, Ragtime Café, Reel Surprise Dock Store, Recovery Room, Rocket Republic, Rockingham's, Rouse's Supermarkets, Ruggby's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Residence Inn, Rocky Ridge Package, Rouse's, River City Beverage, Sammy's, Sam's Club, Sav-A-Lot, Sci-Quest, Shell, Shogun, Shoppers Value Foods, Sibley Oil Co., Simp McGhee's,  Sodexho/Huntsville Star's Baseball, Sodexho/U.A.H./Tom Bevill Ctr.,  Southeast Petro Dist. II, Southern Ale House, Southern Food Services/Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Spirit Locker Inc., Spirits of Greystone, Spirits of Jackson, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Sprint Marts, Staci Food Marts, Star Supermarkets, Stix, Sulligent Discount Beverage, Sunshine Restaurant Supply, Surin of Thailand, Tang Marts, Tanner Chevron, Target, T.G.I.Fridays, The Avenue Pub, The Blue Gill Restaurant, The Bottle Shop, The Comedy Club Stardome, The Country Club of Birmingham, The County of Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority, The Dish, The Downtown Grill, The Furnace, The Ledges, The Lighthouse Restaurant, The Magnolia Room, The Pony, The Prop and Gavel Restaurant, The Rail Yard, The Station, Theo's Bar & Grill, Tiger Mart, Tigger's Tavern, Tilted Kilt, Timbuck 2, Tin Top Oyster Bar, Token, Tootie's on 31, Top Shelf Beverage, Town Creek Filling Station, T.P. Crockmiers, Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club, Twin Lakes Golf Club, Twisted Root, Umi Japanese Steakhouse, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Vestavia Country Club, Von Braun Center, VFW's, Vieux Carre, Villaggio Grille, Wall Street Markets, War Eagle Club, Wayne's Package Store, Western Sizzler, Wilco Hess Travel Centers, Wilhagan's, Wills Creek Vineyards, Winery at Pepper Place, Winfield Texaco, Wintzell's, Woodland Forest Country Club, Woodpecker Café, Wynlakes Golf & Country Club, X-Treme Express,  Ynot's Watering Hole, Young Oil Co., Zoe's Kitchen, Zydeco and thousands of other Responsible On and Off Premise retailers from across the state of Alabama.

                Area Trainers available at:

George Burgess, Owner of P.A.S.T., Huntsville and North Alabama contact  George Burgess 256-895-0403 256-509-7610 or past@knology.net

Huntsville/Madison CountyMental Health of Madison County, Telly Lanier @ 256-705-6493

Birmingham Budweiser/Jefferson County  contact J. David Aldrich 205-529-7934 or jdavidaldrich@bellsouth.net  

Tuscaloosa ,Greene Beverage (now Adam's),contact  Bruce Brown 205-292-3026

Troy, Horn Beverage, contact Donna Horn or Paige Langford 334-566-1123 

Sylacauga and Anniston, Bama Bud of Shelby Co., contact Don Ransom @800-443-8647/205-396-6798 

Montgomery/Bonnie Crest Company contact Richard Lamkin @334-652-3576 (currently unavailable)

Opelika/Auburn ,Adams Beverage, contact Lauren Johnsey @205-427-3214

East Alabama Mental Health, Opelika/Auburn/Lee, Russell, Chambers and Tallapoosa Counties contact Chelsea Neighbors @334-742-2112

Mobile/Loxley Looking for new trainers

Quality Beverage, Randolph County, Roanoke, Wedowee contact Roy Terry @334-863-2010

We are looking for qualified, trained, commissioned trainers in the Dothan, Selma, Thomasville, Demopolis and Grove Hill areas. Contact George for information. 256.895.0403/256.509.7610/past@knology.net

Call your local beer wholesaler and request our training. We will help set it up.

Training dates and times available on page 5 "News and Contacts".

Attention: The ABC is checking for Federal I-9 forms as they make account calls. Make sure you have a I-9 form on file for all employees. This form is required by the Department of Homeland Security and there are large fines applicable for not having these on file. 

City of Fort Payne

Thanks, George.  You have provided excellent service in our city during our sales ramp up...you have been prompt with training and certification and I would have no trouble recommending your services to anyone.

Jim McGee, City Clerk

City of Fort Payne
100 Alabama Avenue N.
Fort Payne, AL 35967-2052
PH: (256) 845-1524
FAX: (256) 845-2987
E-Mail:  <mailto:jimcmcgee@fortpayne.org> jimcmcgee@fortpayne.org

City of Athens

Thanks for all of the help you’ve been to me over the past few years concerning the Responsible Vendor Program. It’s nice to be able to make one phone call to you about an alcohol applicant knowing that you’ll contact them promptly and schedule a training session. I really appreciate your professionalism and quick service and because of that, I always refer the applicants to you, exclusively. 

   John Hamilton
City Clerk
City of Athens, AL
P. O. Box 1089
Athens, AL 35612
256-233-8729, phone
256-233-8721, fax

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

George:   Thank you for your continued support and involvement with us!!

      Krista Albera
Regional Training Manager 
720-493-2679 - Fax Number 




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