It is your responsibility to make sure you apply to renew your Manager's Certificate before it expires. If your certificate expires you will need to apply for a new Manager's Certificate.
If your records are on file within the Christchurch District you will be sent a renewal application form and questionnaire before your certificate expires. This will be sent to the last postal address the Council’s Alcohol Licensing Team has for you. It is your responsibility to make sure your renewal application is received on time.
Your Manager's Certificate cannot be renewed after it has expired. This means your certificate will be expired. If your certificate expires, you will need to apply for a new one and your application will be dealt with as a new application.
If you have received a conviction since your Manager's Certificate was last renewed or issued, the Alcohol Licensing Inspector and Police may require a shortened renewal period and/or a suspension of your licence.
The 2012 Act requires all applicants for renewal to hold the prescribed qualification, which will be a new LCQ qualification under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
This means that if you hold an LCQ certificate that references the Sale of Liquor Act 1989 obtained prior to January 2014, you will need to update it to reference the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
This was previously achieved by completing a Bridging Test provided by Service IQ, but is no longer available as of 1 February 2017. You will now have to attend a LCQ course that references the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, pass the required units and apply for a new LCQ Certificate from Service IQ (external link) .
If you don’t hold either the new LCQ or the Bridging Test upgrade you may only be issued with a 12 month limited renewal certificate. If you meet the new qualification requirements within this time you must send evidence of the qualifications to the Council's Alcohol Licensing Team. Your certificate will then be re-issued for three years effective from the most recent expiry date of your Manager’s Certificate under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
If you do not update your qualification and provide this information to Council's Alcohol Licensing Team within this time your General Managers Certificate will expire and you will have to apply for a New General Managers Certificate as well.
If you are currently renewing of your Manager's Certificate for the first time under the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, or are currently on a Limited Interim Renewal Certificate, you need to have already completed the Bridging Test by 1 February 2017.
The Service IQ Bridging Test was only offered as an option until the end of January 2017 and is no longer available. If you have failed to complete the Bridging Test you will have to complete the new LCQ course in full.
They will still be offering the new LQC under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.
Any questions about the Bridging Test or LCQ should be made directly to Service IQ (external link) at 0800 863 693.