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Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

Important update: Change to the LCQ on December 18th 2013 coincided with the full implementation of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. This change impacted references to the Sale of Liquor Act 1989, and the title of unit standard 4646. For further information please visit:

Only qualified people can sell alcohol

By law, every hospitality business that sells alcohol must have a properly qualified person
in charge at all times. The prescribed qualification is the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) and it must be held by people applying for or renewing their Manager’s certificate in order to demonstrate recent and relevant training as set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012).

What is the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)?

The LCQ covers two unit standards. Successfully completing these unit standards demonstrates knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (2012) and its implications for licensed premises, and knowledge of host responsibility requirements as a duty manager of licensed premises.

How to get your LCQ

A training provider will run a course that will help you get your LCQ. You can find a training provider in your region from the menu or clicking here.

How to get your Manager’s Certificate

When you get your LCQ Certificate from ServiceIQ you must then apply for your Manager’s Certificate through the District Licensing Committee (the liquor licensing section of your local city or district council).

If you have lost your original certificate you can request a reprint using the LCQ Reprint Request form below. If your training provider did not give you your certificate, you can request one using the LCQ Application Form below.

If you have any queries regarding your LCQ please contact us on or by phone 0800 863 693.

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H-LCQ-CertificateApplicationForm-Ed11-Aug15-INTV.pdf 49 KB pdf
H-LCQ-CertificateReprintForm-Ed11-Aug15-INTV.pdf 47 KB pdf
LCQ-factsheet-Ed1-Feb15.pdf 45 KB pdf