SIRS is the official provincial responsible service of alcohol program

Serve It Right Saskatchewan | Responsible Service of AlcoholServe It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) provides consistent training for the sale and service of alcohol, helping commercial permittees and their employees to ensure that alcohol-related activities are conducted with integrity and in a socially responsible manner.

Responsible Service is Smart Customer Service

Why you need Serve It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS)

On June 22, 2015, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that mandatory server intervention training would be phased in over a three year period.

  • By June 30, 2016, all owners and managers were required to complete the training and new hires had to take the training within 30 days of beginning employment.
  • By June 30, 2017, there had to be at least one person on each shift who had completed the training.
  • By June 30, 2018, all employees involved in the sale and service of alcohol must have completed SIRS.

Who needs to take SIRS

As of June 30, 2018, everyone involved in the sale and service of alcohol must have completed SIRS. This includes:

  • employees, including
    • bartenders
    • servers
    • bussers
    • door staff ("bouncers")
  • supervisors
  • managers
  • owners

Who doesn't need to take SIRS

Unpaid volunteers working at an event operating under a Special Occasion Permit do not need to take SIRS.

The Special Occasions Permit online course is for volunteers who serve and sell alcohol at public special occasions only. This course does not allow you to sell alcohol in a retail setting or to serve alcohol in bars and restaurants.

If you are selling or serving alcohol in a liquor permitted establishment, such as a commercial bar or restaurant, as part of your job, you must complete Serve It Right Saskatchewan (SIRS).

Transferring a course from another province (Reciprocity)

If you hold a valid server intervention training certificate from another province, you may transfer your certification to Saskatchewan. Please contact us for details:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone 306-933-5900 or
Toll-Free 1-800-331-1529
Email: stec.training@tourismsask.com
We are closed on Saskatchewan statutory holidays. 

Compliance

Liquor permittees may be required to provide proof that they are in compliance with the legislation by producing a list of employees who have completed server intervention training. A SIRS Compliance Form is provided courtesy of Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority to aid businesses and organizations in their record keeping.

What is involved in taking SIRS

The SIRS course includes:

  • ways to identify intoxication
  • handling situations involving minors
  • effective approaches to discontinue or refuse to sell or serve alcohol
  • understanding your legal responsibilities and liabilities

Once you purchase the course, you will have 45 days to complete it online. You should be able to complete the course in six hours or less. There is a 35-question multiple choice online exam at the end of the course. To pass the exam, a mark of 80% must be achieved. You will have five attempts to complete the exam.

Upon successful completion of the course, your certificate is available for you to download from your online profile. Please save or print your certificate so that you can show it to your employer or a liquor inspector as proof of completion.

Some employers in Saskatchewan offer SIRS training in the workplace. This training is a six-hour classroom workshop.

SIRS is supported and endorsed by:

  • Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association (SHHA)
  • Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)
  • Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA)
  • Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
  • Tourism Saskatchewan
  • Wines and Spirits Association of Saskatchewan
  • Restaurants Canada
  • RCMP and law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan