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What is an RSA Certificate?

If you’re looking at bar work, you may have seen the term “RSA” used in ads. At first, seeing that you need an RSA certificate to get started might seem a little intimidating, but getting an RSA doesn’t have to be tricky or complicated. It’s a short course, and depending on where you live in Australia, you may even be able to complete it online.

So, what is an RSA certificate? Read on to find out! 

What does RSA stand for?

RSA stands for Responsible Service of Alcohol.

What is an RSA certificate?

An RSA is a certificate that is a mandatory requirement for those whose job requires them to sell or serve alcohol. As such, it is common for positions within the hospitality industry to list holding a current, accredited RSA as a requirement for the job. In some states, other positions may also be required to have a valid RSA. For example, as of 1 July 2018, Crowd Controllers and Security Officers who work in licensed premises in Western Australia are required to hold an approved RSA certification.

How do you get an RSA certificate?

You can obtain an RSA certificate by successfully completing a Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Many states now allow you to complete an RSA online. When looking at potential places to complete your RSA, make sure you verify that the company delivering the course is an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Express Online Training is an RTO that has online RSA courses for applicable states, allowing you to complete your course from the comfort of your own home.

The benefits of doing your RSA certificate online

Completing an RSA course online is convenient as it allows you to choose your own hours of study. Our online RSA courses can be paused at any time and resumed when you have spare time again. This is ideal for those with work or study commitments, who may wish to complete their RSA slowly, over a period of days or weeks. At Express Online Training, our RSA courses are designed to work on all devices, meaning you can work from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. As your progress is automatically saved, you can also switch between devices for further flexibility and convenience!

States and territories that allow you to complete an RSA online include:

  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Victoria (The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has approved Express Online Training to deliver the Victorian RSA course via online classroom during the COVID-19 crisis)
  • New South Wales (Express Online Training has been approved by Liquor & Gaming NSW to deliver RSA Online NSW courses for 2020/2021)
  • Tasmania (Express Online Training has been approved by the Tasmanian Government Department of Treasury and Finance to deliver RSA Online TAS courses for 2020/2021)

How long is an RSA valid for?

This is a bit of a tricky question to answer, as the length of validity of your certificate can change from state to state. It also depends on a number of factors, such as when the course was completed. For example, an NSW competency card (such as for RSA or RCG certification) expires after 5 years. However, it’s important to note that due to COVID-19, the NSW Government has extended the expiry dates to 30 June 2021 for cards that were due to expire after 1 March 2020 that had not been renewed by 29 May 2020. When working out the validity of your card, be sure to check your state or territory’s laws to find out if it can still be used. If you are still unsure, contact your relevant government body.

How long is an RSA valid for in NSW?

The NSW RSA Competency Card is valid for 5 years. To renew this card, simply head online, fill in the required details, and complete the refresher training course/s, and make a payment.

How long is an RSA valid for in VIC?

Those with a Victorian RSA must complete a refresher course every three years in order for it to remain valid.

How long is an RSA valid for in QLD?

The current QLD Statement of Attainment in Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol does not expire. If you completed your RSA prior to 30th June 2013, your OLGR-issued RSA certificate will have expired 3 years from the date it was issued. However, if you were also issued a Statement of Attainment in Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol, this does not expire. 

How long is an RSA valid for in WA?

The RSA Statement of Attainment does not expire in Western Australia.

How long is an RSA valid for in SA?

Currently, the South Australian RSA does not have an expiry date.

How long is an RSA valid for in NT?

The Northern Territory RSA Certificate must be renewed every three years.

How long is an RSA valid for in Tasmania?

The RSA Statement of Attainment does not expire in Tasmania.

How long is an RSA valid for in ACT?

Those with an RSA ACT Approved Certificate must complete a refresher course every three years in order for it to remain valid.


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