By Andy Young

The 400,000 liquor and gaming workers in New South Wales can now renew their competency cards and undertake online refresher training.

NSW Liquor and Gaming has made the refresher training available online as part of an initiative to make the overall process faster and more convenient. The new online system means liquor and gaming workers can now undertake refresher training and renew their five-year photo competency cards in one simple easy-to-use online format.

The first five-year photo competency cards will start expiring from 22 August 2016. Holders of photo competency cards who wish to continue to work in the industry will be required to pay a $35 prescribed fee to undertake online refresher training prior to their expiry date, and will then be issued with a new five-year competency card.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training is compulsory for everyone who sells, serves or supplies alcohol, while workers in hotels or registered clubs who have gaming machine duties must undertake Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) training.

All the details regarding RSA training and competency card renewals are available on the NSW Liquor and Gaming website.

Holders of expiring photo competency cards will be sent reminder notices via SMS and email to undertake online refresher training prior to their card expiry date. If card holders have changed their contact details since receiving their card they should update them via the L&GNSW website.

Licensees are urged to remind staff to ensure their contact details are up to date and they complete online refresher training prior to the expiry of their photo competency cards.

The Shout Team

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