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Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Dean Carr

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Alcohol licence training courses in Scotland

The training requirements for staff selling alcohol in Scotland are specified by the Licensing (Scotland) Act. Detailed below are the three main types of licence training qualifications in Scotland, and you can follow the links to apply for a training course.

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders

Every sale of alcohol must be authorised by a personal licence holder, typically a manager or senior staff member. Every personal licence applicant in Scotland must complete a training qualification known as the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders refresher

From the date of grant of the personal licence, a licence holder must complete a refresher course within five years. This refresher qualification is known as the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders Refresher, and constitutes three hours of training and a formal exam.

Scottish Certificate for Licensed Premises Staff:

Every member of staff selling alcohol in Scotland must complete a basic training qualification known as the Scottish Certificate for Licensed Premises Staff. Only personal licence holders are exempt from sitting this course, as the course content is covered in the SCPLH qualification, detailed above. As such, the Scottish Certificate for Licensed Premises Staff is typically a wide range of staff.

What about England and Wales?

The Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) is the mandatory qualification for personal licence applicants in England and Wales. Unlike in Scotland, non-licensed members of staff in England and Wales do not require formal certification, although basic standards must be maintained.

For more information or to book your SCPLH refresher course click here!

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About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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