Bartending/Organizations/International Bartenders Association
The International Bartenders Association (IBA) was founded on February 24, 1951 in the Grand Hotel saloon in Torquay, England. The IBA was established "to represent the best bartenders in the world" through an international non-profit society.
In 2006, the IBA launched a 40-hour Certificate in Bartending course. This certification is recognized by industry and some governments.
The International Bartenders Association has designated the following as "Official cocktails" of the IBA:
The International Bartenders Association holds annual competitions for member bartenders.
As of 2011, the World Cocktail Championship consists of 6 competitions: Before Dinner Cocktail Competition, After Dinner Cocktail Competition, Sparkling Cocktail Competition, Fancy Drink Cocktail Competition, and the Longdrink Competition. The champion of each individual competition competes in a Super Final, together with the flairtending cocktail. The ultimate winning drink is named "World Cocktail of the Year".