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BII Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, Certificate

City of Glasgow College, the United Kingdom

City of Glasgow College

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About BII Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, Certificate - at City of Glasgow College

The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6 (SCPLH) is the qualification needed to apply for a personal licence to sell alcohol in Scotland. The SCPLH course covers the syllabus set by the Scottish Government and will ensure learners understand the law, regulation and responsibilities attached to the retail sale of alcohol.


What you study

The SCPLH 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 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.

This course is also suitable for Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6 (SCPLHR) 

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 specifies that in Scotland, the holder of a personal licence must undergo refresher training within 5 years of the date of issue of their personal licence to ensure their licence remains valid; and every personal licence holder will be required to produce a certificate to the licensing board that originally issued their personal licence as evidence that they have passed the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) (SCPLHR).


After the course Careers

Every personal licence holder will be required to produce their training certificate to their local council, licensing board.


Entry requirements for this course

Contact City of Glasgow College to find course entry requirements.

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