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Bartenders in Columbia now need certification

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Columbia bartenders and store clerks who sell alcohol have to complete a training course and obtain certification required under a new city ordinance.

The Columbia health department is issuing new server photo IDs under the ordinance approved by the Columbia City Council last November. The measure requires every liquor store clerk, grocery store checker, bartender and waiter in Columbia to complete the online training by Jan. 1.

The city says it's issued about 400 certificates and expects many more people to take the course in the coming weeks.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the University of Missouri's Wellness Resource Center oversees the online training course.

Kim Dude, director of the wellness center, says the course takes about an hour and needs to be completed with 100 percent accuracy.

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