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Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol

Just started a new bar job? You’ll need an RSA.


This course will teach the regulations concerning alcohol consumption in NSW and is a mandatory requirement in all states. Responsible practices must be undertaken wherever alcohol is sold or served, including where alcohol samples are served during on-site product tastings. This unit, therefore, applies to any workplace where alcohol is sold or served, including all types of hospitality venues, packaged liquor outlets and wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Obtaining your RSA will require attendance to a one day course at one of our branches. Upon successful completion, you will receive a nationally recognised accreditation and Liquor and Gaming NSW Competency Card (valid in NSW for 5 years).

Who should complete this training

RSA training applies to:

  • club secretaries and club directors (if they serve alcohol)
  • licensees and managers
  • service staff
  • RSA marshals
  • crowd controllers
  • security staff
  • promotional staff
  • volunteers.


This course is delivered in a classroom environment with theoretical and practical components.


This course is generally delivered in one full day.


Speak to your local Novaskill branch pricing for this course. Discounts may apply when students completed RCG also.

Unit of Competency

SITHFAB002 Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol

Work Placement

This qualification does not require work placement.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Student Support

Friendly support, advice and assistance is provided by our teaching staff and Student Services Division to all students.


Many students that complete their RSA also choose to complete their RCG also (SITHGAM001 Provide Responsible Gambling Services). For those working in hospitality, completing SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality is also extremely advantageous.

Awarded by

HGT Australia Ltd. trading as Novaskill RTO Code: 6996.

General information about this course

The unit applies to all levels of sales personnel involved in the sale, service and promotional service of alcohol in licensed premises. Those selling or serving alcohol may include food and beverage attendants; packaged liquor sales persons selling in person, over the phone or online; winery, brewery and distillery cellar door staff; and supplier sales representatives. The unit also applies to security staff who monitor customer behaviour and to the licensee who is ultimately responsible for responsible service of alcohol (RSA) management.

The unit incorporates the knowledge requirements, under state and territory liquor licensing law, for employees engaged in the sale or service of alcohol.

Certification requirements differ across states and territories. In some cases all people involved in the sale, service and promotional service of alcohol in licensed premises must be certified in this unit. This can include the licensee and security staff.

When you’ve successfully completed your training, you’ll receive a Statement of Attainment as well as an RSA Interim Certificate, and you can then apply for your RSA/RCG photo competency card.

Find out everything you need to know about being a student at Novaskill and other important documents here.