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BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

What do I need to apply for a Personal Licence?

Booking the BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders course (commonly referred to as “APLH”) with Poppleston Allen Training is the best way to work towards obtaining the nationally recognised qualification.

Poppleston Allen Training boasts an excellent pass rate for this one day course delivered by highly experienced trainers. Upon successfully completing the course, candidates will receive the Level 2 qualification. This allows candidates to apply for a Personal Licence.

From as little as £150 + vat we are able to deliver face to face training or offer an online training solution.

Course Summary

The BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) course is a nationally recognised qualification designed for anyone authorising the retail sale of alcohol in licensed premises. Additionally, this new BIIAB qualification is both QCA accredited and Government approved and it has been specifically designed to meet the statutory requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.

The face to face course duration is 6 hours, commencing at 10.00am and finishing at 4.00pm, including a short multiple-choice examination at the end of the day comprising 40 questions. A comprehensive handbook, presented in an easy-to-follow format, supports the qualification and covers all the information needed for the examination.

APLH Course Programme Content

The APLH covers the syllabus set by the Government to enable candidates to understand the law in relation to:

  • the roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities within the framework of the licensing objectives
  • the application process for a personal licence
  • the role and legal responsibilities of the personal licence holder, and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
  • the premises licence
  • the content and purpose of operating schedules
  • the role and duties of the designated premises supervisor (DPS)
  • unauthorised licensable activities
  • permitted temporary licensable activities
  • rights of entry to licensed premises
  • police powers with regard to suspension and closure of licensed premises
  • the specific prohibitions for the sale of alcohol
  • the strengths of alcoholic drinks, and the effects of alcohol on the human body
  • the protection of children from harm
  • the responsible retail sale of alcohol

This one day course includes a multiple-choice assessment and costs from £150 + VAT (special rates apply) which includes the handbook, exam fees and certificates.

Alternatively, we are also able to offer access to undertake the course and the examination online, via e-learning.

**Important: Personal licence application process

If you’re like most people we help, you might not know that after passing the BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) course, you then have to apply for the actual personal licence itself.

Knowing the right steps to take and organising the necessary documents for your application can be a long and stressful process.

In our experience, many people we help obtain personal licences for are in a rush. As a result to them already have a job lined-up, but before they can legally start, they need their personal licence. Consequently, any delay in the process as a result of an incomplete application can be very frustrating.

To take the pressure off, we can apply for your personal licence for you, just as we have for literally 100s of people over the years.

We make sure that you have all the correct documentation needed and apply for your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on your behalf.

Want our help? If yes, it couldn’t be easier. Whilst playing your order for the BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) training course, simply select this option and it will automatically be added to your order.

Have any questions? We have a FAQ section below where we answer your burning questions.

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  • Who is the Personal Licence course for?

    If you are planning on working in a bar, restaurant, club or any other licensed premises that sells alcohol, a personal licence is absolutely vital. This is because, the licence allows you to authorise the sale of alcohol in any business that holds a premises licence.

    Additionally, the other types of business that need a premises licence include:

    • Takeaways
    • Nightclubs
    • Cinemas
    • Pubs and bars
    • Supermarkets
    • Theatres


    By law, every licensed premises must have at least one personal licence holder. The penalties for selling alcohol without one are serious; an unlimited fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of 6 months.

  • What do I need for my Personal Licence to be granted?

    To grant your licence, you:

    • must be over 18 years old
    • must possess an accredited licensing qualification
    • must not have had a personal licence forfeited in the last five years
    • must be have the right to work in the United Kingdom
    • must pay the appropriate fee and compete an application form
    • must supply two passport style photographs, signed by a solicitor or anyone else with standing in the community
    • must not have a conviction for any “relevant” offence or foreign offences


  • How long is the Personal Licence valid for?

    Unlike a driving licence, a personal licence has no expiry date. Therefore the licence remains valid indefinitely from the date of issue and is also nationally recognised throughout England and Wales.

    As a result, this is a one payment solution that will benefit a personal licence holder financially in the longer terms and requires no further financial investment.

    However, authorities can remove the licence from the licence holder if the licence is surrendered or forfeited. Additionally, a court can also order the licence to be forfeited or suspended.

  • What is the BIIAB?

    The British Institute of Innkeeping Award Body established itself over 40 years ago and today supports, inspires, celebrates and promotes the diversity of talented individuals working in the licensed trade.

    Correspondingly, the BIIAB offer regulated qualifications and assessments to advance skills, education and career opportunities.



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