Extended date: The expiry date for RSA/RCG competency cards that were due to expire on or after 1 March 2020 have been extended. The new expiry date is now 30 June 2021. Find out more.
The Licensee and Advanced Licensee training courses are for most licensees, approved managers and club secretaries, as you have greater responsibilities and obligations under the NSW liquor laws. The training helps to better prepare you for the challenges of operating a licensed business, while ensuring a vibrant and safe hospitality scene.
If you are a new licensee you will need to ensure you have completed an RSA course and obtained your RSA competency before you undertake your required licensee training.
If you are an existing licensee, your RSA competency will automatically renew on completion of your licensee training.
Interstate workers with an appropriate RSA qualification looking to become licensees, approved managers or club secretaries in NSW can skip the NSW RSA Bridging course and simply complete Licensee training to gain both their NSW RSA and Licensee training competencies.
Use our training tool to check whether you need to complete either the Licensee, Advanced Licensee training - or both.
Note: If you were a licensee, approved manager or club secretary prior to 1 September 2018 and are required to complete licensee training, you must do so before your NSW Competency card expiry date or by 1 April 2024, whichever is earlier to remain compliant with your licence.
Licensee training is for most licensees, approved managers and club secretaries. It covers a range of topics designed to support you to:
Advanced Licensee training is an additional course for those who may operate a business in a higher risk environment.
Advanced Licensee training covers topics are designed to support you to:
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. This includes licenced premises:
New liquor licence applicants
If you are applying for a new liquor licence, you need to ensure you have completed RSA training and, where relevant, also your Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee training.
Transfer of liquor licence
If you are applying to transfer a liquor licence, you will need to complete the required Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee training no later than 60 days from receiving provisional approval.
Approved manager and club secretaries
If you notify us of your intention to appoint an approved manager or a club secretary, that person needs to complete the required Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee training within 60 days of lodging the application.
Qualified interstate workers
Interstate workers with an appropriate RSA qualification looking to become licensees, approved managers or club secretaries in NSW, or simply wishing to upskill, can skip the NSW RSA Bridging course and simply complete Licensee Training to gain both their NSW RSA and Licensee Training competencies.
Appropriate interstate RSA qualifications include:
To obtain a Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee competency, you need to complete a Licensee and/or Advanced Licensee course through an approved training provider. Courses may be offered in a classroom, via virtual classroom or online.
Approved training providers delivering Licensee and Advanced Licensee training are:
The price charged for Licensee and Advanced Licensee courses vary between approved training providers. The amount you pay includes the cost of your NSW competency card.
Completing Licensee training will automatically renew your existing RSA endorsement, however, it does not automatically renew your RCG competency.
In NSW, all competencies expire on the same date, calculated five years from the first competency gained. When you complete Licensee training your competency expiry period will reset. At this time you must renew your RCG competency if you are working with gaming activities. This ensures all your competencies are current and expire on the same date.
To retain your RCG competency, you will need to complete the online RCG refresher course. To do this course, inform your approved training provider prior to starting Licensee training. They will send you a link to the complete the course online.
You can also choose to surrender the RCG endorsement using the RCG Surrender Form.
Course materials for Licensee and Advanced Licensee training will be available from your course provider and include information relevant to those operating a business and the additional responsibilities that these positions hold.