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This page provides information on how to apply for or renew a  Manager's Certificate, notification of management change and links to the guidance notes and application forms.
Updated: 18/04/2018 1:09 p.m.

Licence Controller Qualification

To apply for or renew a Manager's Certificate, an LCQ must be held.

The LCQ covers two unit standards.  Successfully completing these unit standards demonstrates knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and its implications for licensed premises, and knowledge of host responsibility requirements as a duty manager of licensed premises.

If you don't have the LCQ, follow the link below to find a training provider.

If you have the LCQ, but it refers to the Sale of Liquor Act 1989, it is still valid provided you have completed the LCQ Bridging Test within the specified timeframe.

The LCQ Bridging Test was an online test for people who completed their LCQ training under the repealed Sale of Liquor Act 1989.  It was available from 18 December 2013 until 31 January 2017.

How to apply for a new certificate

To apply for a Manager’s Certificate you must be 20 years or older and have at least three months full-time experience working in a licensed premises selling alcohol in New Zealand.

Complete the new manager's certificate application form and submit it to us. 

New Manager's Certificate application form [323kb] 


  • A copy of your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)
  • A copy of your LCQ Bridging Test certificate (if your LCQ refers to the 1989 Act)
  • Employer reference
  • Character reference (not from your employer or a family member)
  • CV outlining evidence of your work experience
  • Details of any convictions you may have
  • Application fee of $316.25 (includes GST)

How to renew a current certificate

A new Manager's Certificate is issued for 12 months.  A renewal application is then generally renewed for three years.

Renewal applications must be made before the expiry date of your certificate.  If you do not renew it before it expires, you will need to apply for a new Manager's Certificate.

Complete the renewal of manager's certificate application form and submit it to us.

Renewal of Manager's Certificate application form [155kb]


  • A copy of your existing Manager's Certificate
  • A copy of your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)
  • A copy of your LCQ Bridging Test certificate (if your LCQ refers to the 1989 Act)
  • Application fee of $316.25 (includes GST)

Change of manager

A certified manager must be on duty at all times when alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public. If the certified manager is ill, absent, dismissed or has resigned, a licensee can formally appoint a temporary or acting manager.

You are legally required to give notice to us of the appointment, or termination of the appointment, of any manager, Temporary Manager, or Acting Manager. 

Complete a s231 Notice to notify us of the management change.

s231 Notice - Management Change [84kb]

Notice must be given within 48 hours of the appointment or termination being made.

It is not necessary to notify us if the appointment will not exceed 48 hours, however it is recommended that such appointments are recorded in a daybook, or log book, along with the reason for the appointment.

You must also hold a register (list) of all the certificated managers you use at your premises.  This must be available for Police or Inspectors to view at all times.  Download a template register below.

Template - Manager's Register [11kb]

If you have any queries, please contact the Health and Bylaws department on (09) 430 4243.



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