Certification Exam


On every licensed premises, an on-duty employee approved by the director must be in active charge at all times that such premises is open for business. The employee must:
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have successfully completed an examination and education session administered by the Department on liquor laws and rules of the commission
All certificates are valid for four years from the date of issue and must be renewed by re-examination.

Types of Exam

  • General Dispenser (50 questions) - good for classes 2, 4 through 14
  • Retail (30 questions) - good only for class 4
  • Wholesale (50 questions) - good only in classes 1 and 3

Exam Dates and Registration

Maui Location
Education Session
Wailuku Office
David Trask Building
2145 Kaohu Street
Room 105
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:15 am - 8:45 am
9:00 am Will conclude by 11:30 am

Molokai Location
Days Dates
Education Session
Mitchell Pauole    
Conference Room   
Kaunakakai Town
Wed Mar 14, 2018
Jun 20, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 (Canceled)
Dec 19, 2018
9:00 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am
Will conclude by 12:00 noon

Thur Oct 11, 2018
(make up exam for canceled
Wed, Sep 19, 2018)
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm  1:15 pm Will conclude by 4:00 pm

Lanai Location
Days Dates
Education Session
Lanai Community Ctr
8th St and Lanai Ave
Lanai City, Lanai
Wed Feb 14, 2018
May 16, 2018
Aug   1, 2018
Nov   7, 2018
9:00 am - 9:30 am 9:30 am Will conclude by 12:00 noon

Items Needed for Registration

The following items are required for registration:
  • Government issued photo identification (unexpired, unaltered, undamaged, and laminated)
  • Fee of $10.00
  • An additional $10.00 will be collected to process certification cards for those passing the exam. A mandatory education session will conclude at about 12:00 noon.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis until the room is full or the end of the registration period.

Study Material

Rules of the Liquor Commission and Hawaii Revised Statute:

Study material can also be obtained at the:

  • Public Library
  • Department of Liquor Control ($10 charge)
  • Liquor-licensed employer