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Who is this qualification for?

Any business licensed to sell alcohol, including small pubs, retailers, large night clubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels and sports facilities, is required by law to have at least one personal licence holder. A personal licence allows the holder to authorise and supervise the sale of alcohol.

A personal licence is also needed to apply to become a designated premises manager (DPM). Licensed premises can have more than one personal licence holder.

To become a personal licence holder, an individual must obtain a personal licence holder qualification.

How long will it take?

To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake 10 hours of guided learning, typically over one day with additional distance learning.

Topics covered

The qualification covers how to supervise and implement the following components:


  • understanding the 5 licensing objectives

  • the legislation relevant to you as a personal licence holder

  • the role of licensing boards

  • the key roles and powers of statutory bodies

  • the differences between personal, premises and occasional licences

  • understanding licensing hours and the law

  • how to apply to renew a personal licence

  • the law regarding underage sales

Assessment method

This is by multiple-choice examination, in which candidates must demonstrate what they have learned.

Qualification outcome

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the assessment. You will receive a Highfield Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6 certificate.

Please note that all certificates are now digital unless requested otherwise.

Personal licence holders must complete refresher training every 5 years and must renew their personal licence every 10 years.

Training benefits

Awarding Body Regulated Trainers

Training to suit your business needs

We can come to you, at your premises

Save £££’s over traditional off site courses.


Discounts available!


Course discounts, multi-course packages and other special offers are available on all courses. Speak to one of our team to find out our more!

  • Awarding Body Regulated trainers, come to you.

  • Onsite training allows you to train more employees at less cost, maximizing compliance.

  • Train at a time and date that suits your business.

  • Save £££’s over traditional off-site courses.

  • Employees are onsite, ready to return to work immediately after training.

  • No extra travel expenses for staff or disruption to schedules.


Let us come to you!

It's easy to book your onsite Personal Licence Holders Course with us, we take care of everything.

All that you need at your site is a room big enough to comfortably seat all of your candidates. Our trainer will arrive with a laptop, projector, all training materials and accompanying training manuals.

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence
Holders at SCQF Level 6




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