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 (Alcohol Act, Section 38).
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) (Alcohol Act, Section 57).
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 educational establishments administering the examinations draw up the examination questions on the basis of Valvira's guidelines "Serving of alcoholic beverages on licensed premises".
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. (Alcohol Act, Section 93).