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BIIAB Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders(SCPLH)

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public must hold a personal licence.

Course Summary

What is the BIIAB SCPLH?

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public must hold a personal licence. If you wish to obtain a personal licence you need to apply to your local licensing board. You will be asked for a number of things to support your application; these include proof that you hold a licensing qualification such as the BIIAB SCPLH.

Who is the BIIAB SCPLH for?

Anyone who wishes to work in a licensed premises or any venue or site where alcohol is sold, for drinking on or off the premises; in a position where they will authorise the sale of alcohol to the public.

What does the qualification cover?

The BIIAB SCPLH covers the syllabus set by the Scottish Government to enable candidates 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 & discretionary condtions
  • protection of children from harm
  • the content and purpose of an operating schedule and risk assessment
  • drunkenness and disorderly behaviour
  • licensed hours
  • 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.
How long is the training course, where can I take it and how much will it cost?

The BIIAB SCPLH has been developed in a way that means it meets the training specification of the Scottish Government and can be finished in one day. Longer tuition and self-study options are also available. The training is usually followed on the same day by a short multiple-choice exam. Training is supported by a BIIAB SCPLH Handbook which is written in an easy-to-follow format covering all the information needed for the exam.

The BIIAB SCPLH is available through Poppleston Allen which is a Grade 1 BIIAB approved training centre (the highest level of training centre).

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