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Applying for a New or Renewal Managers Certificate

Applying for or renewing a Managers Certificate

To manage an alcohol (liquor) licensed business in Central Hawke's Bay, you must hold a current Managers Certificate. 

When to apply?

A manager's certificate allows you to work as a duty manager in a business that sells or supplies alcohol.

To apply you need to:

  • be at least 20 years old
  • have worked in a licensed premises for at least 6 months
  • be working in a licensed business
  • hold a Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ). 
How to apply?

Complete the application form below. Once your application is submitted, the process takes at least 30 working days. You must have the right to work in New Zealand to be issued a certificate.


1. Before you start your application

Gather your work references

You need to provide two signed and dated work references that are less than 12 months old. One of them should be from someone at the business you'll be managing.

Get your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

An LCQ allows you to manage a licensed business – you can't apply for a manager's certificate without it.

 The test will demonstrate your knowledge of:

  • the Sales and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and how to manage a licensed premise
  • what the Host Responsibility requirements are for a manager of a licensed premise.

A training provider in your area will run a course that will help you get your LCQ.


2. Prepare your supporting documents

You'll need to provide:

  • a copy of your LCQ certificate
  • a copy of your LCQ bridging test certificate – if your LCQ shows "Sale of Liquor 1989" units
  • a copy of a photo identification – for example, a passport or driver licence
  • two work references, including one from the business you'll be managing
  • the name of the licensed premises you will manage and a list of your current duties
  • details of any criminal convictions.

If you've got your LCQ but have lost or not received your certificate, you can request to print a new one from Service IQ.

3. Submit and pay for your application

Applying for a new manager's certificate costs $316.25. You can apply and pay online or download the form and pay in person.

Make sure you have all the supporting document required before submitting your application.

Apply online here


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