Manager's Certificates

Every holder of an on-licence, off-licence or a club licence must appoint a manager.

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 requires that a person must be 20 years or older to be a manager and must hold the prescribed qualification, which currently is the Licence Controllers Qualification (LCQ).  This qualification covers knowledge of the Act and host responsibility requirements.

Please note, there is no longer a separate ‘General Manager's Certificate’ and ‘Club Manager's’ Certificate; all managers will have the same certificate.   


Applying for a new manager's certificate  |  Renewing a manager's certificate


Applying for a new manager's certificate

Making an application

Any person who wishes to apply for a manager's certificate must complete and submit an application for a Managers Certificate. In addition, the applicant must provide:
 

  • one reference from your current place of employment (including starting dates of employment and a full description of your duties with reference to your direct involvement in overseeing the sale and supply of alcohol, all references must be dated and signed);
  • a character reference from someone in New Zealand (family or police references are not acceptable);
  • photocopy of ID (photo drivers licence or passport or HNZ 18+ card);
  • copy of your Prescribed Qualification (if you do not have your certificate then you must provide evidence that you have completed the LCQ course, your manager's certificate will not be issued until we receive a copy of your LCQ certificate);
  • copy of your Bridging Test Certificate (if LCQ completed prior to the 18 December 2013);
  • copy of Work Permit (if applicable) - this should be a photocopy of your current visa in your passport;
  • copy of your previous manager's certificate (only required if you previously held a managers certificate and it has expired); and
  • an application fee of $316.25 (non-refundable).

Please note, manager's certificates can only be issued to those with:
 

  • current employment in licensed premises;
  • six months relevant experience in a licensed premises in New Zealand (if you do not have 6 months experience your application will be put on hold until you do); and
  • a valid work permit for New Zealand.

Once your application is received:
 

  • it will be forwarded to the police and licensing inspector (please note, the police have 15 working days to report on the application)
  • once this has been completed and the reports are received from the police and licensing inspector, Council will refer the details to the District Licensing Committee (DLC), who will consider and determine the application
  • the DLC will contact you to undertake an interview at a council office to assess your knowledge regarding a duty manager's role and responsibilities under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

The criteria assessed for any application includes:
 

  • the applicants suitability to be a manager;
  • any convictions recorded against the applicant;
  • any experience, in particular recent experience, that the applicant has had in controlling any premises for which a licence was in force (in New Zealand);
  • any relevant training (in particular recent training) that the applicant has undertaken;
  • evidence of the applicant holds the prescribed qualification;
  • any other matters raised by the Police or Licensing Inspectors reports; and
  • an application fee of $316.25 (non-refundable).

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Renewing a manager's certificate

Any person who wishes to apply for a renewal of a manager's certificate must complete and submit an application for the renewal of a manager's certificate. In addition, the applicant must provide:
 

  • The completed, signed, and dated application form.
  • Copy of Licence Controller Qualification Certificate (Club Mangers must gain the LCQ or you will be issued with an Limited Renewal Certificate)
  • Copy of Licence Controller Qualification Bridging Test Completion Certificate*.
  • Photocopy of ID (photo drivers licence, or passport, or HNZ 18+ card).
  • Only if your certificate was issued or renewed outside of Tararua, submit a copy of your original manager’s certificate or most recent renewed certificate.

* The Bridging Test is recognised by the Industry Training Act 1992, holders of a LCQ will need to successfully gain this before a renewal certificate can be issued.  The test can be completed online, please ensure you provide a copy of both certificates when making an application.  If you have any issues with this site, please contact the site’s help desk.

Transitional Provision

Holders of a general manager's certificate or club manager's certificate who apply for a renewal, may be issued a ‘limited renewal certificate’ by the District Licensing Committee for one year (where there is no opposition) to enable the holder of the certificate to obtain the prescribed qualification.

If the holder of the limited renewal certificate obtains the necessary prescribed qualification in this time, the District Licensing Committee may issue a manager's certificate for the remainder of the three year renewal period.

The criteria assessed for any application include:
 

  • the applicants suitability to be a manager;
  • any convictions recorded against the applicant;
  • any experience, in particular recent experience, that the applicant has had in controlling any premises for which a licence was in force (in New Zealand);
  • any relevant training (in particular recent training) that the applicant has undertaken;
  • evidence of the applicant holds the prescribed qualification;
  • any other matters raised by the Police or Licensing Inspectors reports; and
  • an application fee of $316.25 (non-refundable).

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Find out what you need to do when appointing or cancelling a manager, and what is required of you when it comes to record keeping.