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
You can apply for your manager's certificate, or any alcohol licensing-related certificates on our Do It Online portal.
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.