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4. Attend a manager's certificate application interview

​Once we receive your application and check necessary information, we will contact you to arrange an interview with an alcohol licensing inspector​.​ It takes about eight weeks to get a manager's certificate.

What happens in the interview

Your interview:

  • can take up to an hour
  • is held individually (or as a group in some cases).

The inspector will assess your knowledge of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and if you are suitable to control a licensed business.

The inspector will take you through a number of scenarios covering:

  • The object Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
  • minors
  • intoxication
  • host responsibility
  • manager's duties.

You have to be knowledgeable in all these topics.

You should know

We forward applications to the New Zealand Police, so they can report on your suitability to hold a manager's certificate.

After the interview

Within two weeks after your interview the inspector will report to the District Licensing Committee on your application. If you successfully complete the interview and the licensing inspector and the police do not oppose your application, the District Licensing Committee will consider the application without the need for a hearing.

If you do not successfully complete the interview or the licensing inspector or the police oppose your application, the District Licensing Committee will call a hearing to consider the application.