Sale and supply of liquor (Licence Controller Qualification, LCQ)

Who should attend

This course is for people who are responsible for liquor sale and supply in a licenced premise and includes both the theory and assessment needed to obtain your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ). By law, every hospitality business that sells alcohol must have a properly qualified person (with an LCQ) in charge at all times. 

You will need to complete this course and obtain your LCQ before you apply for the General Manager Certificate from Auckland Council or your local District Licencing Committee DLC. 

You can choose to complete this course in one of two ways: 

  • In-class option: In-person at MIT (two days in-class) 
  • Distance learning option: A combination of online learning followed by an in-person assessment at MIT (one day in-class).

Key facts

Start Date(s)

The following dates are available in 2022:

In-class option
You are required to attend both days.
21 February & 28 February 
21 March & 28 March
23 May & 30 May
20 June & 27 June
22 August & 29 August
31 October & 7 November

Distance learning option
You are only required to attend the assessment day in-class. 
1 April
10 June
1 July
26 August
11 November

Registrations close two weeks prior to the assessment date of this course.

Duration In-class option: Two days
Distance learning option: Online plus one day in-class assessment
Time In-class: 9am – 4pm
Distance learning (online): You have up to 2 weeks to complete your online learning
Study location(s) MIT Ōtara
Study method Block courses, Distance learning
Domestic fees In-class option: $295 (approx.)
Distance learning option: $240 (approx.)
Course code 453.319

Entry requirements

Applying to the course


These courses are not eligible for student loans or allowances.

If paying by company order the request needs to be put through on a company order form or company letter and must state the company purchase order number, a contact person, the student's name, the course the student is enrolling into and the fee payable.


Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolment or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start.

Where Manukau Institute of Technology cancels or postpones a course, all enrolled students will be notified and student fees will be (as determined by the student) refunded or credited to another course.


MIT Certificate of Achievement

Note: MIT will report your unit standards to NZQA and you can then apply for the official LCQ Certificate and then apply for the General Manager’s Certificate at your local council or District Licencing Committee DLC.

Course structure

This is a theory-based unit standard course to help you gain your Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ).

You will be provided with learning material to learn about:

  • The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and its implications for licenced premises
  • Management of alcohol and intoxication in licenced premises as a duty manager
  • The responsibilities and requirements for alcohol service in licenced premises as a duty manager
  • The maintenance of a safe drinking environment as a duty manager
  • Participants must be able to demonstrate competence in written English to successfully complete the assessment for this course.

In-class option: Learning material will be provided to you on the day of your first class. An assessment for a unit standard will take place at the end of each day.

Distance learning option: Learning material will be provided to you via an online login so that you carry out self-study prior to attending the assessment. You will need to come to MIT for 1-day to sit your assessment.

To enquire about any of the hospitality short courses please contact Ask Me! student services on 0800 86 85 85 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at April 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.