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IMPORTANT NOTE - New licensees, approved managers and club secretaries of relevant licence types that were approved between 1 September 2018 and 31 March 2019 must complete mandatory licensee training by 31 May 2019.

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.

What training do I need?

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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 31 May 2019 to complete the relevant training.

Courses offered by the approved training providers are filling up fast, so register to complete your training as soon as possible to ensure that you comply with your licence training requirements.

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
  • If you notify us of your intention to appoint an approved manager, that person needs to complete the training within 60 days after you notify us.

Two new higher level industry training courses are now available. The Licensee and Advanced Licensee training courses are for licensees, approved managers and club secretaries, so you are better prepared for the challenges of operating a licensed business, while ensuring a vibrant and safe hospitality scene.

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 ProvidersApproved Delivery ModeCourse AvailabilityPhone
Barrington Training ServicesClassroomYes02 9899 0600
Clear to WorkClassroom
Online
No
Yes
07 3399 2894
Express Online TrainingClassroom (virtual classroom)
Online
Yes
No
1300 720 104
Institute of Training and Further EducationClassroom
Online
Yes
No
1300 659 557
Restaurant and Catering AssociationClassroomYes1300 722 878
TAFE NSWClassroom
Online
Yes
Yes
131 601
Urban GlobalClassroom
Online
No
Yes
07 3118 6161
William Angliss Institute of TAFEClassroomYes02 9125 5111

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