Before applying for a Manager’s Certificate you need to hold specified qualifications and meet criteria which are used by the District Licensing Committee to assess your suitability to be a duty manager.
Once you have completed your Licence Controller Qualification course and ideally have about six months experience working in the job, you can apply for your new Manager’s Certificate. The application form needs to be completed fully and have all the supporting information attached, when it is lodged.
Copies of your manager’s certificate application are forwarded to the Police and Licensing Inspector for their reports. You will be interviewed by the Licensing Inspector to discuss your knowledge and experience in the sale of alcohol. The application will then be determined by the District Licensing Committee.
A Manager’s Certificate is issued initially for one year. If all goes well in that first year, it could then be renewed for three years. The renewal application must be lodged prior to the expiry date. You can continue working in your role until the Committee makes a decision on your application.
We will endeavour to advise you in advance that your Manager’s Certificate is due to expire, however, this is dependent on having up-to-date contact details for you, such as current postal, telephone or email addresses.
While your application is being processed, the licensee of your premises may appoint you as a Temporary Manager, if you have made a full application. The licensee must notify the Licensing Committee and Police of this, using the Notification of Management Change form.
A manager who holds a current manager’s certificate, must be on duty at all times when alcohol is available for sale or supply to the public in an On or Off licensed premises, and in some clubs. The full name of the manager on duty must always be displayed at the licensed premises.
The manager is responsible for compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the conditions of the licence and the conduct of the premises.