Turn a course
into a career.

The title of bartender has evolved from describing a part-time job that gets you by to an opportunity for a full-time professional career.

Whether you’re an aspiring bartender or a seasoned mixologist, the Thirst Flagship Course is an extensive study designed to forge the path for professional bartenders around
the world.

From exploring the mystical world of spirits to the practicalities of running a bar, our course will provide you with both the theoretical knowledge as well as the hands-on experience you’d need in a real-world setting. Whether you’re looking to level up your skillset or boost your confidence to tackle this competitive space, this course will holistically help you establish your professional bartending career.

The only three requirements
you need to get started.

We have tried to make our course as
accessible as possible.

Must be proficient in the english language

Proficient in English
(spoken and written)

Must be competent in basic math

Competency in
basic math

Must be 18+ years

Must be 18+ years

We don’t beat around
the bush…

The Flagship Course has been designed by award-winning bartenders and mixologists with decades of experience. It adopts a blended-learning approach that combines the practical learning of core skills with robust theoretical knowledge across a variety of learning methods. Learners develop sound industry skills and techniques, all while being coached and facilitated by a team of highly experienced trainers.

The course is an in-person, classroom-based training program, but to sweeten the deal, we include complimentary access to the Online Thirst Academy for those eager to polish up on what they learned at convenience.

What you can expect to receive from us.

Sign up for the course and receive all of the below.

Thirst gift box

Thirst gift box with a bunch of goodies to get you kick started

Equipment, ingredients and consumables

Because the course has a practical element, we provide you with all the equipment, ingredients and consumables so that you can actively partake and experience the life of a bartender. You’ll also have the opportunity to distil your own gin and take home the finished product!

Printed course material

We provide you with a comprehensive course manual that you can take home and refer to whenever you need it. It includes all the theory that you learn in the course and can act as your go-to guide while you get started with building your career.

Access to the Online Thirst Academy

Complimentary access to our online academy so that you can go and refine your skills in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Certificate of Competency

Once you’ve completed the course, we provide you with a printed Certificate of Competency proving successful completion of all the assessments.

Daily tea and coffee

Just a little something-something from us to you to keep the energy levels high while you complete the course.

Sounding good so far?

Here is what you can expect to learn each day:

DAY 1

Course introduction
Expectations, behaviour & etiquette
The bar environment
Introduction alcohol production
Practical distillation demonstration courtesy of Inverroche Gin
Bar organisation practical

DAY 2

Hygiene & safety
Pouring and serving
Introduction to beer, cider, and wine
Pouring practical

DAY 3

Responsible service
Customer service
Introduction to vodka and gin
Perfect serves practical

DAY 4

Service procedure
Cocktail session 1
Introduction to whisky
Advanced pouring practical

DAY 5

Recommendations and up-selling
Cocktail session 2
Introduction to rum, brandy, tequila, and liqueurs
Practical assessment

Written Exam

To be scheduled with the trainer

Did we mention our Affliate Program?

Once you’ve signed up and completed a Thirst Academy course, join our Affliate Program and enjoy 10% of every successful cart you bring to the Thirst Academy. That’s right – money in your pocket!

A course designed for you.

The Thirst Flagship Course is a beginner to intermediate course purposefully designed and created to enable current and aspiring bartenders to kickstart their professional bartending careers.

Sign up today to get started or reach out below if you have any questions about the course.

Flagship Bartender Course

R7,000.00

Pre-Requisite: None
Qualification: Bartender
Duration: 5 days (9am – 4pm)

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