Apply or Renew a Manager’s Certificate

When alcohol is sold or supplied to the public on a licensed premises, a duty manager with a manager’s certificate must be on duty at all times. If you are the duty manager, you have to make sure the premises meets the regulations in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and the conditions outlined in the liquor licence.

 

How to Apply for a Manager’s Certificate

 

1. Gather supporting information.

Before you apply for a manager’s certificate, you will need to have:

  • Successfully completed the Licence Controllers Qualification (LCQ). Attach a copy of your LCQ certificate, when you submit your application. For more information, see the Service IQ website.
  • Recent experience in controlling a licensed premises in New Zealand. This means you must have performed duties of an acting manager and or controlled a licensed premises under a certificated manager over a period of at least six months.
  • Be at least 20 years old.
  • You must be currently working at, or about to start work at, a licensed premises in the Masterton district.

 

2. Pay the fee and apply for a manager’s certificate.

The non-refundable fee for a manager’s certificate is $316.25 (including GST).

Download and fill in an application form.

Read the checklist on the front page of your application form to make sure you include all the documents we need. You can drop off your application at any of our offices and pay by cash, cheque, eftpos, or credit card.

If posting your application, include a cheque.

Post to:
Masterton District Council
PO Box 444
Masterton 5810

We will contact you if we need more information.

 

3. Interview.

Once we have checked the application for the necessary information, we will contact you to organise an interview. The interview is conducted by an alcohol licensing inspector and takes approximately 30 minutes. The inspector will assess your suitability to control a licensed premises including:

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Minors
Intoxication
Host responsibility
A manager’s duties

You need to be knowledgeable about all these topics. Your application is also forwarded to the New Zealand Police, so they can report on your suitability to hold a Manager’s Certificate.

How to Renew your Manager’s Certificate

 

1. Fill out the application form

You must also be currently working at, or about to start work at, a licensed premises in the Masterton district. We must receive your application form no later than the day before the date of expiry of your certificate. So if your certificate says “this certificate expires on 15 August 2017”, we must receive your renewal application no later than 14 August 2017.

 

2. Pay the fee and submit your application

The non-refundable fee for renewal of manager’s certificate is $316.25 (including GST). You can drop off your application at any of our office and pay by cash, cheque, eftpos, or credit card.

If posting your application, include a cheque. Post to:

Masterton District Council
PO Box 444
Masterton 5810

We will contact you if we need more information.

Conditions of a manager’s certificate

A new manager’s certificate is valid for one year. We can only grant or renew a manager’s certificate if you are currently working at a licensed premises. If you cannot provide evidence that you are currently working at a licensed premises, your application may be opposed and forwarded it to the District Licensing Committee for further consideration.

In this case, you may need to attend a public hearing to determine whether a certificate should be granted. Manager’s certificates are portable, which means you can also perform the duties and responsibilities of a manager in other premises in New Zealand.

Manager Training and Qualifications

Managers of licensed premises need to understand and comply with New Zealand’s alcohol laws. Before applying for a Manager’s Certificate, you need to complete specific training and qualifications.

 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards

Managers are required to complete two unit standards from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

  • 4646 — Demonstrate knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
  • 16705 — Demonstrate knowledge of host responsibility requirements as a duty manager of licensed premises.

The unit standards complement the Licence Controller Qualification course.

The unit standards can be gained in a one day course or online study. A list of trainers can be found on the Service IQ Site.

 

When you have gained the unit standards, you’ll need to request:

  • An LCQ application form from Service IQ, the hospitality industry training organisation
  • A special student ID number, known as a ‘hook on number’, from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Incomplete applications

 

We do not accept applications if the application form is incomplete or the supporting documents are not supplied. Attach all documents listed on the cover sheet of the application form. These help the reporting agencies and the District Licensing Committee assess the application in full.

Our office and alcohol licensing staff will review your application for completeness. If your application is incomplete, we will return it to you and you will need to resubmit your application with all the necessary information.