What is a Scottish Personal Licence?
A Personal Licence is issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to individuals who have obtained a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder (SCPLH) qualification. The Scottish certificate for licensed premises staff, issued by local councils, allows holders to legally authorise the sale of alcohol in Scotland.
This is a must-have licence if you are looking to open your own establishment that will sell alcohol in Scotland or if you are looking to progress your career in the hospitality industry.
Do I need a Scottish Personal Licence?
A Personal Licence is required by anyone who intends to be named as the designated premises manager of a premises licence issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. You or a member of your staff must hold a personal licence if you sell alcohol from licensed premises in Scotland.
The alcohol licence Scotland is a great choice for anyone who is in a role in which they need to authorise the sale of alcohol. This is the perfect licence for:
- Assistant managers
- People looking to get promoted to the above positions.
NOTE: If you are based in Wales or England you will need to apply for the Personal Licence (APLH)
Eligibility for a SCPLH
To apply for a Scottish Personal licence you must first meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible you must:
be 18 years or older
hold a licensing qualification (this is the Scottish Personal Licence qualification - find out more here)
not already hold a personal licence
not have had a personal licence revoked in the past 5 years
What training is needed to get the SCPLH
To apply for a personal licence in Scotland you will need a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) qualification.
The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) is the necessary training qualification that must be completed prior to applying for your licence in Scotland.
Getting the qualification is pretty easy - but you will need to attend a course and pass an exam to get this. The Scottish Personal Licence course is a one day course and is assessed with a multiple choice exam.
Find out more about the course on the Scottish Personal Licence Training Page.
Renewing your SCPLH
Personal licence holders must undergo refresher training every 5 years. This is to ensure that they have up-to-date knowledge of the area. You do not need to attend a full course to refresh your training - instead you can attend a personal licence holders refresher course.
You will also need to apply to renew your Scottish Personal Licence every ten years. To renew your SCPLH you will need to make an application to your local council and provide your refresher training certificate.