What is the Personal Licence ?
The Personal Licence allows holders to authorise the sale of alcohol at licensed premises. The Personal Licence is typically for those who work in the hospitality industry, like bar staff and event managers.
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The Personal Licence is commonly referred to as APLH or Personal Licence and is issued by the local council and ensures that holders have the necessary skills and qualifications to operate legally, while also maintaining a safe environment for their customers, employees and coworkers.
Do I need an Personal Licence?
You will need a Personal Licence if you are authorising the sale of alcohol.
As per the 2003 Licensing Act, it is a legal requirement for premises that serve alcohol, also known as licensed premises, to have a named Personal Licence holder.
If you are based in Scotland you will need to apply for a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder (SCPLH).
To be eligible for a Personal Licence, you must have:
✅ You must be 18 years of age,
✅ Have the right to work in the UK and have
✅ Passed the APLH Course.
You also must not have forfeited a Personal Licence in the previous 5 years or have been convicted of any relevant offences.
How to apply for a Personal Licence
Here are the steps for getting your Personal Licence:
✅ Pass the APLH Course
The Level 2 APLH course is one day course and is assessed by a multiple-choice exam. Click here to book your course
✅ Complete DBS Check
You will need a recent Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of your application. It costs £25 for a basic check.
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✅ Complete Application
You can complete and download the application using our online Personal Licence Application Wizard.
To send the application, you will need:
✅ Original qualification certificate
✅ Recent DBS check
✅ 2 countersigned photographs
✅ Pay £37 fee
✅ Disclosure of convictions form (if applicable)
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The Personal Licence (or APLH) Training Course
To apply for your Personal Licence, you will need the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification.
You can obtain this by completing the APLH Training Course, which takes 1 day. Some of the units include:
✅ Unauthorised licensable activities
✅ Police powers and rights of entry
✅ Legal and social responsibilities of the personal licence holder
✅ Illegal drugs, the effects of alcohol and disorderly conduct
The APLH Training Course is assessed by a multiple choice exam which contains 40 multiple-choice questions. When you pass, you will you will receive a certificate. Keep this safe, as it is part of your application.
Cost of the Personal Licence
Your Personal Licence Application costs £37, which is payable to your local council. You may also incur extra costs (around £25) when obtaining your basic DBS Check. Your Personal Licence does not have an expiry date.