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Managers Certificates
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If you're a manager of a licenced premises such as an on-licence, off-licence or club, you'll need a manager's certificate. Here you'll find all the information you need to apply for one.

What is a manager's certificate?

A manager's certificate allows you to manage any licenced premises such as an on-licence, off-licence, club licence or special licence, including conveyances such as aircraft and motor vehicles.

When alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on a licenced premises, there must be a manager who holds a current manager's certificate on duty at all times. The manager is responsible for ensuring that the operation of the premises complies with the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and the conditions of the licence.

Before applying 

Before you apply for a manager's certificate, you'll need to:

  • have completed the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s unit standards 4646 (version 8 or later) and 16705 (version 5 or later) or hold what was known as the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) or a Licence Controller Qualification Bridging Test.
  • be at least 20 years of age. 
  • be employed in or about to start work in the industry.

How to apply

To apply you will need:

  • the original application form
  • a copy of your LCQ certificate or proof from your training provider that you have successfully completed unit standards 4646 and 16705
  • a copy of your LCQ bridging test certificate (if applicable)
  • at least three months recent experience managing the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol on a licenced premises in New Zealand. This can be as a temporary or acting manager, or under the guidance of a certified manager
  • a letter from your employer or your club, confirming that you are employed there (if currently employed at a licenced business)

Under the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, you must also be able to speak English well enough to be able to hold a conversation with the alcohol licensing inspector that conducts your interview.

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