In Australia, the statistics of alcohol use has remained relatively stable over the past 10 years. According to Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (2011), the use of alcohol in secondary students of 12 to 17-year olds had increased from 38.4% to 61.6% in one year. In 2010, 1 out of 5 people aged more than 14 years old consumed alcohol and were at a risk of alcohol-related infections or injury throughout their lifetime. The total number of those drinking in risky amounts increased from the 2007 figure of 3.5 million to 3.7 million in 2010. Moreover, there was a sharp increase, from 4.5% to 8.1%, in 2010 in the proportion of those being abused physically by a person under alcohol influence.
Drunken behaviour is very harmful for health, both physical and mental. It can also cause negative social impacts. That is why Australia has created laws about selling and serving alcohol. All security staff, airline staff, wine tasting / cellar door staff, as well as hospitality, club, and other staff who sell and serve alcohol need to have RSA certification and comply all the related laws. RSA is a mandatory requirement since it is regulated by the state law. It aims to encourage sensible drinking through RSA and decrease alcohol-related problems.
To get RSA license, you have to take RSA program. Nowadays, there are many RSA online that give you the flexibility of learning the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a safe and enjoyable environment in licensed premises. As long as you have a broadband internet, compatible browser, speakers, and headphones, you can take RSA online.
By taking RSA online, you do not need to take a day off from your office since you can arrange your study time in your convenience and it is available 24/7. You also do not need to worry about your learning capacity because you can learn at your own pace. RSA Online provides fun and entertaining online content, qualified trainers can be contacted by phone if needed, advanced technical support, clear voice overs, and interactive videos. And the best news is you will never lose your RSA certificate because you can easily download and print it over and over. Moreover, there are some RSA online courses that ask you to pay after you complete the training and pass the test. Money back guarantee is frequently offered.
In the RSA program, you will learn several topics, i.e. problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption, alcohol and the law, the people who are responsible for RSA, facts about alcohol, improving the atmosphere around commercial premises, and handling difficult customers. The expectation of this program is that the participant can prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking for all customers.
After you complete the program, you will get the certificate. It is valid for 3 years only, so you have to retake the approved RSA refresher course every 3 years. However, each state of Australia has its own requirements for RSA training. It means that if you work in more than one state of Australia, you have to take more than one RSA certificate. There is specific RSA training and test for each state.