SITHFAB031 - Provide advice on beers, spirits and liqueurs

    Unit code: SITHFAB031 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Nicholson
    SITHFAB021 - Provide responsible service of alcohol
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to evaluate a range of local and imported beers, spirits and liqueurs; provide advice to customers on their selection; and continuously extend personal product knowledge.
    The unit applies to hospitality, retail, breweries and wholesale organisations that sell beers, spirits and liqueurs.
    It applies to personnel who operate independently or with limited guidance from others and who have substantial specialist knowledge of beers, spirits and liqueurs. This includes beverage sales consultants, bar specialists, sommeliers, and senior bar and food and beverage attendants.The sale and service of alcohol is subject to the provisions of Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) law in each state and territory of Australia.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

    Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

    • discuss the characteristics of each of the following local and imported beverage products with three different customers:
    • basic spirits
    • mid and top range spirits
      beer of different strengths
      beer of different types
      traditional and contemporary liqueurs
    • use the correct application of each of the following sensory evaluation techniques on at least one occasion to evaluate beers, spirits and liqueurs:
      smell or nose appraisal
      taste appraisal
      visual appraisal
    • provide current, accurate and relevant advice to each of the above customers to meet different taste and price preferences
    • maintain and continuously extend personal product knowledge of the above beverage products on at least one occasion to enhance workplace activities.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

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