Before applying for a manager’s certificate you must have attended and passed an alcohol licensing course. You must then apply for a Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) certificate.

Attending a LCQ course

LCQ courses must be provided by a recognised training provider that offers New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards 4646 and 16705. These unit standards are under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

LCQ courses and certificates completed under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 can no longer be accepted unless you already hold the Bridging Test.  

The ServiceIQ website (external link)has information about the LCQ and a list of all training providers available nationally and by region.(external link)

The Christchurch Tri-Agencies present a session at the following local face-to-face LCQ courses:

Applying for your LCQ document

Once you have completed an LCQ training course that references the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and passed the required units you can apply to ServiceIQ for your document.

You will need to send evidence that you have:

  • passed NZQA unit standards 4646 and 16705, or
  • successfully completed the LCQ bridging test prior to February 2017.

You will also need to have paid the prescribed fee of $20 (most training providers send this on your behalf).

ServiceIQ will post the LCQ document directly to you as the applicant.

Contact ServiceIQ 0800 863 693 or email

LCQ certificates issued before January 2014

If you hold an LCQ certificate that references the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 (SOL) obtained prior to January 2014, you need to update it to reference the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 by either:

  1. Having completed a Bridging Test through Service IQ before January 2017:
    • A combination of an SOL LCQ with a completed Bridging Test is still an accepted qualification for the purposes of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. 
    • This is the qualification you need if you completed a renewal of your manager's certificate after 2014.
  2. If you have not completed a certificate renewal since 2014 or the Bridging Test (which is no longer available) you will have to attend an LCQ course that references the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, pass the required units and apply for a new LCQ Certificate from ServiceIQ(external link).

No Manager's Certificate application will be accepted unless the above requirement is met.