The legislation requires that licensed premises shall have a responsible manager and necessary number of substitutes for them. The responsible manager's task is to ensure that the provisions are followed and good order is maintained in licensed premises.
The responsible manager or their substitute must remain present in licensed premises during the hours in which the serving of alcohol is permitted under the terms and conditions of the licence. Alongside the licence holder, the responsible manager and their substitutes are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Alcohol Act. The responsible manager and their substitutes must have the necessary professional skills for the role, acquired either through education or practical experience. The responsible manager and their substitutes must also be considered suitable for the role.
Responsible managers who have acquired their professional skills through education must have undertaken full-time studies in the restaurant and catering trade for a minimum period of one year, as part of a curriculum that incorporates training in the serving of alcoholic beverages and a minimum one-month on-the-job training in a role that involves serving alcohol.
Responsible managers who have acquired their professional skills through practical experience must be able to demonstrate a minimum of two year’s full-time experience of working in a serving role and hold a so-called alcohol passport (anniskelupassi) issued by an educational institution for the restaurant and catering industry. In licensed premises where only fermented beverages containing a maximum of 4.7% alcohol by volume are served (C licence), it is enough for the responsible manager and their substitutes to hold an alcohol passport only.
The alcohol passport is granted to applicants who can demonstrate that they are familiar with the legal provisions concerning the serving of alcohol. The educational establishments administering the examinations draw up the examination questions on the basis of Valvira's guidelines Alcohol Issues in Licensed Premises. The legal provisions concerning the serving of alcohol are included in the guidelines. Candidates can sit the examination without participating in a training course run by the educational establishment administering the examination.