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Training Program
B.A.S.S.E.T. is Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training. B.A.S.S.E.T. is a mandatory four (4) hour (minimum) training course that must be attended by anyone who sells and/or serves alcohol in a Vernon Hills liquor establishment, such as waitresses, waiters, bartenders, and over-the-counter clerks. The management of these establishments must also receive B.A.S.S.E.T. certification.

The statewide B.A.S.S.E.T. program is overseen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Basically, B.A.S.S.E.T. is an education and training tool for servers and sellers of alcohol. Topics of discussion include:

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  • Effects of alcohol
  • Blood alcohol content (BAC) system
  • DUI
  • Responsible serving of alcohol
  • Checking of IDs
  • Alcoholism
  • Village ordinances
  • Refusing or discontinuing liquor service

When Must the Course Be Taken?
Once you are hired, you must sign-up for a course from one of the below providers prior to serving/selling alcohol. The course must be completed within 90 days from the date you were hired. During that time, you must be working under the direct supervision of a person who is B.A.S.S.E.T. certified. The Vernon Hills Police Department performs quarterly checks at each establishment that serves or sells alcohol. If you are caught selling or serving alcohol outside these parameters, both your employer and you may be punished. Please take this course as soon as possible.

Please understand, there are many different organizations that can provide B.A.S.S.E.T. training, but they are not accepted by the Village of Vernon Hills. Listed below are the only accepted programs from which you may be B.A.S.S.E.T. certified in order to sell or serve alcohol within Village limits:

At this time we are not accepting any online courses.

Law Change Regarding Certification Expiration
Effective 7/1/15, Illinois law requires that all BASSET certifications need to be renewed every 3 years. Any server/seller that received certification after 7/1/12 will need to be recertified three years from the date the training was completed. Unfortunately, the law does not allow for an abbreviated renewal class. Thus, servers/sellers who require BASSET recertification will need to attend a regularly scheduled BASSET class from one of the above providers.  

In Lake County, the recertification will be required by 7/1/16. Thus, anyone who received certification prior to 7/1/13 will need to be recertified by 7/1/16. However, this DOES NOT eliminate the requirement for new employees as outlined above.

Should there be any changes to the State law we will notify the establishments and post the information here.

Additional Information

You may read the complete listing of Vernon Hills B.A.S.S.E.T. regulations online. This information may be found in Chapter 3: Alcoholic Liquor Control, Section 3-34.

If you have any questions regarding the Vernon Hills BASSET requirements you can call (847) 247-4889 or send us an email
You can also contact Mr. Lee Roupas, Illinois Liquor Control Commission BASSET Program Manager at 312-814-0773 or at