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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 (LT) and Advanced Licensee Training (ALT)

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.

What training do I need?

Use our training tool to check whether you need to complete either the Licensee, Advanced Licensee training - or both.

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Licensee training

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

  • Overview of liquor regulation in NSW
  • Managing your liquor licence
  • Your responsibilities to manage alcohol related harms
  • Best practice strategies to prevent alcohol related harms
  • Compliance and enforcement.

Advanced Licensee training

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:

  • Overview of liquor regulation in higher risk environments in NSW
  • Build a culture of compliance in your business
  • Government and industry approaches to minimise alcohol related harms
  • Best practice strategies and minimising risk of alcohol related harms in your business.

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

  • granted a new liquor licence or transfer of existing licence to another person or premises (from 1 September 2018)
  • aligned to the renewal of your existing NSW competency card (from 1 April 2019).

Advanced Licensee training is an additional course for people who operate a business in a higher risk environment. This includes licenced premises:

  • authorised to trade after midnight regularly
  • certain business types, such as nightclubs and karaoke bars
  • subject to a regulatory scheme
  • directed by L&GNSW or ILGA

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:

  • an RSA certificate or refresher certificate from Victoria or Australian Capital Territory issued within the last three years, or
  • a national RSA statement of attainment from the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, or Tasmania issued within the last five years.

What licensee training do I need?

Use our training tool to check whether you need to complete either the Licensee, Advanced Licensee training - or both.

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:

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
Yes
Yes
07 3118 6161
William Angliss Institute of TAFEClassroomYes02 9125 5111

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.