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The serving premises shall have, in view of the extent and quality of the activity, an adequate number of staff to ensure efficient supervision and maintenance of order. Staff must supervise compliance with the prohibitions and limitations set in the Alcohol Act and be responsible for maintaining order on the licenced premises.
The licence holder must be represented on the licensed premises by a responsible manager appointed by the licence holder or other person assigned to this duty by the licence holder if the premises are open to the public. The responsible manager or other designated person must be aged 18 or older. Persons who sell alcoholic beverages or who participate in the supervision of the retail sale or serving of alcoholic beverages must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance when performing their job duties.
The licence holder must ensure that the responsible manager or other designated person has a certificate of alcohol proficiency consistent with the model approved by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).
Persons who were qualified as responsible managers of licensed premises pursuant to section 21b of the old Alcohol Act (1143/1994) at the time when the new Alcohol Act entered into force on 1 March 2018 shall be deemed to fulfil the qualification requirements specified for the alcohol proficiency certificate in the new Act. Also, an alcohol proficiency certificate issued while the old Alcohol Act was in force shall be considered sufficient proof of knowledge of the Alcohol Act.
An alcohol proficiency certificate (anniskelupassi) is issued by educational institutions providing training in the restaurant and catering sector pursuant to a Government licence or an authorisation from the Ministry of Education.
Such a certificate may be issued to a person who has passed a test evaluating knowledge of the Alcohol Act and how it is supervised, or who has completed training including that knowledge, or who has completed a qualification including that knowledge. The test is deemed to have been passed if at least 80 per cent of questions are correct. There needs to have at least 30 questions on the test. The educational establishments administering the examinations draw up the examination questions on the basis of Valvira's guidelines Serving of alcoholic beverages on licensed premises (pdf). This guideline includes the regulations on licensed premises. The questions must cover at least provisions of the Alcohol Act concerning prohibitions, staff responsibility for supervision and maintenance of order, serving area, and serving hours. It is possible to take the test without attending the training of the educational institution.
Valvira does not have a register of completed alcohol proficiency certificates. A copy of the certificate should be kept in the educational institution. If you have lost your alcohol passport, please ask for a copy of your alcohol passport from the educational institution that granted it.
Change of surname
If your surname changes, the educational institution may choose to issue an alcohol passport with a new surname. However, this is not necessary since the issued passport has a personal identification number, which can be used to identify the alcohol passport as the alcohol passport of a specific person.