LCQ stands for License Controller Qualification. It is a certificate that provides the holder with the legal ability to manage the service of alcohol in a licensed premise. In New Zealand, it is a requirement that all hospitality businesses have a duty manager on at all times, that is certified with this qualification. This is a legal requirement as set out in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
What this means is that anyone either applying for or renewing their Managers Certificate must also have their LCQ qualification to prove that they have knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Holding an LCQ certificate also demonstrates that they have the host responsibility skills to be qualified as a duty manager of a licensed premise.
Any manager of a licensed premise must have their LCQ Certificate. In addition, there are immediate business advantages for other staff members to have completed their LCQ training. Having qualified staff, who are fully aware of the legal host responsibilities under this Act, is a definite competitive advantage in this industry. It also means that you are preparing your staff for management, being prepared in this way can save delays down the track in making sure your duty managers are legally certified. The efficiency gains from this preparedness can be a big advantage in an industry that experiences a relatively high level of staff turnaround.
To get an LCQ certificate, you must complete a course that covers two NZQA Unit Standards:
NSF Burwater has courses available throughout the country. We have training centres in Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch. Once you have completed the course, you will get your LCQ certificate, along with NZQA standards 4646 and 16705. Call us today and get qualified!