Summer’s Coming! Research and Renew Your Certifications Today

Safety is important for all businesses, which is why some of our shifts require workers to have special certifications before being able to claim them. With summer on its way, now is a good time to get started on renewing your certifications so that you have access to the most opportunities (and more cash!) this summer.

Having a variety of certifications on your profile also shows businesses that you are well-rounded, motivated, and qualified. By investing a little bit of time in yourself, you’ll set yourself up for success during the coming summer months and beyond.

National Certifications

There are several certifications that are valid in most states that you can acquire to help strengthen your profile, including:

  • TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) for Specialists who plan to work with beer, wine, and spirits. 
  • ServeSafe for Specialists who will be handling food.
  • CDL (Commercial Driving License) for BookedOut by Shiftgig Specialists who plan to drive commercial vehicles.

This blog post lays out the what, how, and where of obtaining and renewing these certifications.

State Certifications

While having a national certification is beneficial, some certifications are state-mandated. For instance, Texas requires the “TABC Certification.” According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission website, this certification, “teaches you skills such as “how to identify minors, correctly check IDs, and refuse service to intoxicated customers” so that workers can “responsibly sell and serve alcohol.”  

Similarly, Illinois has a certification called “BASSET” which stands for Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training. According to the BASSET Certification website, this program educates and trains servers and sellers of alcoholic beverages on how to help prevent over consumption and drunk driving. The training helps servers and sellers be responsible and stay within the law.

Certifications like BASSET and TABC often require registration fees, and study time for the courses, but will prove to be valuable on the back-end with the number of shifts you will be qualified for — especially during the busy summer event season.

But no matter if you are choosing to invest in a new certification or renew ones you already have, there are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  • Give yourself plenty of time. All certification programs are different and can require various levels of investment. Whether it’s ensuring you have allotted enough time to complete the needed course or have money saved up for the course fees, it’s better to get started on your certification sooner rather than later.
  • Weigh the benefits. Before choosing which certification to obtain, do research on what would be the most beneficial toward your goals. If you’re looking to move to another state within the next few years, maybe a national certification is best but if you plan to stay in the state of Illinois, for example, getting a BASSET certification would suffice.  
  • Update your profile. Once you have your certification in hand, make sure you update your Shiftgig and BookedOut by Shiftgig profiles to ensure you’re able to view shifts that require them. You’ve invested your time, money and resources into the certification, so make sure you’re taking full advantage of it.
  • Make note of renewal dates. Life gets busy and you don’t want to invest all this time and money into getting a certification just to forgot about renewal time down the road. As soon as you receive your new certification or renewal, set a calendar reminder for yourself a month before it’s going to expire. This will help you prepare for renewal in the future, with plenty of time to spare.

Don’t miss out on new and exciting shifts!

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About The Author

Jane Smith is the Community Relations Manager at Shiftgig. She is passionate about helping Shiftgig Specialists and helping transform the way people work. In her free time, Jane loves cooking, exploring Chicago, and spending time with family.