Alcohol Awareness Beverage Server Training

Alcohol Server Awareness training is required by Rice County and the cities of Faribault and Northfield for alcohol license renewal. The training curriculum was developed in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division and fulfills dram shop insurance requirements for most insurance companies (License holders are encouraged to check with their insurance companies to confirm).

Alcohol awareness open enrollment classes are offered online once a month via Zoom. On-site trainings are available at the request of individual establishments to train all employees. To schedule an on-site contracted training, please contact Zach Besky,

Please register for upcoming online trainings below:

talkMental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

MHFA is an 8-hour training that teaches how to help individuals who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. The training helps adults identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness or substance abuse.

Those who complete the training learn:

  • Risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders
  • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders
  • A five-step action plan for helpingĀ  an individual who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis

Both Youth and Adult MHFA trainings are available for free in English and Spanish in Rice County thanks to a Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This is a savings of upwards of $170 per person!

A minimum of five participants is required to run a training. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available; please contact your licensing organization to see if Youth or Adult MHFA qualifies for CEUs.

To schedule a training for your staff, volunteers or clients, contact

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, visit: