When there is alcohol available for sale to the public in an on, off or club licensed premise, a duty manager who holds a manager's certificate must be present. The duty manager is responsible for overseeing the sale and supply of alcohol.
Applying for a certificate
Prior to lodging your application, you need to complete NZQA Unit Standards and the Liquor Controller Qualification (LCQ).
You need to be employed or work in a licensed premise, and aged 20 years or over to hold a managers certificate.
Temporary and acting managers
It's important you know the difference between a temporary manager and acting manager.
If a manager is ill or absent for any reason, or is dismissed or resigns, the licensee may appoint a temporary manager and notify the our alcohol licensing team and Police. Notification is not required if the appointment is for less than 48 hours.
A temporary manager doesn't need to hold a Manager's Certificate but must apply for a certificate within two working days after being appointed.
After the application is made, the temporary manager shall be deemed to be the holder of a Manager's Certificate until the application is determined.
If the appointee doesn't apply for a Manager's Certificate within two working days, or if the application is refused, the licensee must cease to employ the appointee as a manager.
A licensee may appoint an acting manager for the following reasons:
- Where the licensee or a manager can't work because of illness or absence. The appointment can be for up to three weeks at any one time,
- To enable the licensee or manager to have some time off. The appointment can be for a total of six weeks in a 12 month period,
The person appointed acting manager shall be deemed the holder of a Manager's Certificate and doesn't need to apply for a certificate if they don't already hold one.
You don't need to notify our alcohol licensing team or Police if the appointment is for less than 48 hours.