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Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher)

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Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires all personal licence holders to undertake refresher training within 5 years of the issue of their licence. All personal licence holders must attend a 1/2 day update course, sit and pass an exam before the 5 year anniversary of the issue of the licence. They must also submit evidence that the training has been passed to the relevant licensing board within 3 months of the 5 year anniversary.

Failure to ensure this training is done could be fatal to your business. You cannot be named as a premises manager or train staff unless you hold a valid personal licence. Premises open after 1.00 am must have a personal licence present at all times as a condition of the premises licence.

Licensing Boards will send out notification to all personal licence holders 3 months before the 5th anniversary of the issue of your personal licence but not receiving this reminder does not excuse licence holders from meeting these requirements. The success of this notification depends on whether they have your correct name and address. If you have moved house or changed your name you must advise the licensing board that issued your licence within one month.

If you are unsure of when your refresher training is due go to www.scplh.info where there is a calculator that will help you to identify when it is due.
BIIAB is aware that there is considerable confusion surrounding SCPLH Refresher training and we encourage all members and non-members to contact us for help and assistance.



Minimum of three hours



The SCPLHR covers the specification set by the Scottish Government to enable learners to understand the law in relation to:

  • The roles, responsibilities and functions of Licensing Boards and Licensing Standards Officers
  • The application process for a personal licence
  • The application process for premises and occasional licences, mandatory and discretionary conditions
  • Protection of children from harm
  • The content and purpose of an operating schedule and risk assessment
  • Drunkenness and disorderly behaviour
  • Licensed hour
  • Control of order
  • The responsible retail sale of alcohol
  • Roles and responsibilities of the personal licence holder and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
  • Unauthorised licensable activities
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • The strengths of alcoholic drinks and the effects of alcohol on the human body


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£102.00 inc vat

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