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Get Licensed offers NCPLH Personal Licence also known as APLH training in over 30 training locations, you have the option to choose from classroom based training, or convenient e-learning, you will have to appear for an exam e-learning in any city near you.

For those looking at pursuing a career within the hospitality and bar industry, the first step is to undertake an accredited National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders . The course, which is better known, as the NCPLH, is a requirement which has been set out in the Licensing Act 2003 and applies to all people who will be involved in the sale of alcohol in a retail environment. This statutory requirement has been implemented to ensure that people involved in the sale of alcohol do so responsibly and to maintain standards that minimise alcohol abuse. By completing the educational requirements to be awarded the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders hospitality workers will have attained the necessary skills and attributes to work within the industry.

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About the course

One of the key competencies which the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders or APLH provides to people who complete the course is the ability to understand and implement the requirements of the Licensing Act within the workplace. But the course goes much further than this and increases the students' knowledge about the effects of alcohol and how alcohol affects different people in various ways. This training provides bar staff with the opportunity to ensure that patrons are able to enjoy themselves without the risks that excessive alcohol consumption can bring about. The inclusion of the training requirements within the Licensing Act identify that the government are serious about reducing the health consequences of alcohol consumption and provide an avenue for bar staff to gain industry recognised training that will increase the overall professionalism within the industry.

As part of its commitment to providing accredited and professional training services exceeding industry standards Get-Licensed has recently announced the implementation of its training program for hospitality industry employees to gain their National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders. As part of the commitment of Get-Licensed to provide tailored and high calibre training packages students undertaking their National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders through Get-Licensed can expect to be taught by industry leaders. The training provided by Get-Licensed will ensure that students not only gain the necessary training to meet the needs of the Licensing Act, but they will also have the distinct advantage of personalised training which will allow them implement what they have been taught in the workplace.

The National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders is the basic requirement for selling alcohol within a retail environment. The training provided by Get-Licensed goes beyond the basic requirements and provides students with the necessary skills and attributes which are in high demand by employers. With much scrutiny being placed on those employed in the retail alcohol the training course offered by Get-Licensed will allow students to enter into the industry with the knowledge and confidence that they are able to provide professional services while maintaining the highest standards to ensure the responsible service of alcohol. The reliability and respect which is placed by employers upon the training provided by Get- Licensed is set to provide its students with a distinct advantage when they enter the workforce

NCPLH / APLH - Personal Licence Training Content

There are no formal qualification requirements for this course. The programme is designed for anyone authorising the retail sale of alcohol in licensed premises including pubs and bars; hotels and restaurants; off-licences, supermarkets and convenience stores; sports and social clubs nightclubs and entertainment establishments; and any other venue or site where alcohol is sold.

We offer APLH Training in London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester centres on a monthly basis, for your convenience you may choose to complete the e-learning at anytime and attend the exam only in a city near you.

NOTE: You will be required to complete distance learning via our e-learning system prior to attending the exam at any of our nationwide venues.

You can rest assured that the NCPLH Personal Licence training now known as APLH covers everything you need to know to pass the qualification's examination and apply for your personal licence. What's more, it's been developed and rigorously piloted with experts from the industry to make sure it truly meets the needs of those who want to succeed.

The NCPLH / APLH Personal Licence covers the syllabus set by 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.
  • Unauthorised and 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.
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APLH Personal License Training Ratings & Reviews

RossskehanJanuary 06,2013

one star one star one star one star one star

Booked my training; then original date was rescheduled but was informed beforehand. Disappointed but after training, it was worth the wait. I passed my exams first time. The customer service was very good, I got phone calls, text messages and email with all the course info before the day. Very helpful.

SilenceofOctober 25,2012

one star one star one star one star one star

I really enjoyed the course with Tom in Chelmsford. I got an email confirming I have passed this morning so very joyful. I have a job ready for me in Basildon once I get my licence so I am glad everything went well. Thanks to the staff at get licensed and once again many thanks to Tom.

Je5ter007pwAugust 02,2012

one star one star one star one star

To further my previous comments, it would appear I was not given all the facts in my initial phone conversation.
I have just had a very pleasent phonecall from Get Licenced and have had the full situation explained.
They have not been suspended or had thier accreditaion removed, basically due to the awarding body dragging thier heels due to 1 complaint recieved it was Get Licenced who decieded that: as they didn't know when the awarding body were going to release the details, to instead re examine people at cost to them in order to speed up the process of them getting thier results.
The impression I got during the phone call is that they really are doing things as fast as they can however they have been caught ""unaware"" and had lessons to learn.
Overall in the end I feel myself and the others on this forum have been caught at the worst possible time but that this is NOT the usual level of service.
I should also mention that it was the Director who called me to explain the situation, so I would say that counts as taking this whole situation very seriously, it takes some backbone to face the mob and admit mistakes were made.... but then I guess thats kind of what I'm doing as I had jumped the gun based on one ill informed phonecall

XtoJune 22,2012

one star one star one star one star one star


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  • 223 Marsh Wall, Snowdon House, Second Floor, London, E14 9FJ
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  • Royal Station Hotel,Neville Street,Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DH
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  • Holiday Inn Reading - South, 500 Basingstoke Road, Reading, RG2 0SL
  • The Hubs 6, Paternoster Row, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 2QQ


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