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Licensee and Advanced Licensee Training

In licensed venues, senior roles - like licensee, approved manager, or club secretary - have greater responsibilities and obligations under the NSW liquor laws.

Specialised training is a requirement for most people working in those senior roles and it is also available to RSA holders who are seeking development to build on their career.

Licensee training is a requirement for most licensees, approved managers and club secretaries.

Advanced Licensee training is an additional course for people who operate a business in a higher risk environment – for example, businesses that trade regularly after midnight.

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Current Licensees, Approved Managers, and Club Secretaries

If you held a liquor licence prior to 1 September 2018, you will need to complete the new licensee training from 1 April 2019 onwards, aligned to the renewal of your existing NSW competency card.

New Licensees, Approved Managers, and Club Secretaries

If you were granted a new liquor licence or transfer after 1 September 2018, you have until 1 April 2019 to complete the relevant training.

From 1 April 2019:

  • if you apply for a new liquor licence, you will need to complete one or both licensee training courses before submitting your application
  • if you apply for a transfer, you will need to complete the training before confirmation of your licence transfer.

The Licensee and Advanced Licensee training courses have been developed to provide greater support and to ensure you are better prepared for the challenges of operating a licensed business.

Licensee training

Licensee training is for most licensees, approved managers and club secretaries. It covers a range of topics designed to support you to:

  • understand the relevant liquor laws and regulations that impact you as a licensee
  • know your responsibilities in managing your NSW liquor licence
  • understand your responsibilities as a licensee to manage alcohol related harms in your business
  • implement best practice strategies for your business to improve operations
  • understand the consequences of non-compliance and what that means for you as a licensee.

Advanced Licensee training

Advanced Licensee training is an additional course for those who may operate a business in a higher risk environment, such as businesses authorised to trade after midnight.

Advanced Licensee training covers topics are designed to support you to:

  • understand alcohol related harms in higher risk environments and the relevant laws that impact you as a licensee
  • understand the qualities required to be a leader and how to build a culture of compliance in your business
  • understand the different approaches government and industry have adopted to minimise alcohol related harms
  • understand how to identify and analyse risk, and implement best practice strategies to control risk in your business

The courses will be mandatory for:

  • Licensees and approved managers granted a new liquor licence or transfer of existing licence to another person or premises from 1 September 2018
  • Existing licensees and approved managers from 1 April 2019, aligned to the renewal of your existing NSW competency card.

Course materials

Course materials will be available from your course provider and includes information relevant to those operating a business and the additional responsibilities that these positions hold.

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Approved training providers of Licensee and Advanced Licensee Training

Delivery

Barrington Training Services

Classroom

Clear to Work

Classroom

Online

Express Online Training

Classroom

Online

Institute of Training and Further Education

Classroom

Online

Restaurant and Catering Association

Classroom

TAFE NSW

Classroom

Online

Urban Global

Classroom

Online

William Angliss Institute of TAFE

Classroom

The Liquor Regulation 2018 was launched on 1 September 2018. The new regulation introduced the Tiered Industry Training Framework requiring certain roles to undertake new training.

The new training aims to:

  • build on the education of liquor industry staff
  • strengthen the effectiveness of the current RSA course
  • provide specialised training for licensee and managers.

This training better prepares licensees, approved managers, and club secretaries for the challenges of operating a licensed business, while ensuring a vibrant and safe hospitality scene.