About the Personal Licence course:
The Personal Licence course, which is better known as the APLH, is a statutory requirement that has been implemented through the 2003 Licensing Act. This is to ensure that people involved in the sale of alcohol do so responsibly, as well as maintain standards to minimise alcohol abuse. When you complete the course, you will be awarded the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders. This ensures that hospitality workers, bar staff and event managers have attained the necessary skills and qualifications to operate legally, whilst also maintaining a safe environment for their customers, employees and co-workers.
For those looking to pursue a career in hospitality and the bar industry, the first step is to take an accredited Personal Licence course and acheive a Level 2 Award as a Personal Licence Holder. This course will provide you with the relevant training and accreditation required to legally sell and authorise the sale of alcohol at any licensed premises in England and Wales.
One of the key skills that the Personal Licence course (APLH) provides is the ability to understand and implement the requirements of the Licensing Act within the workplace.
The course is also designed to increase the student's 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 people 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 demonstrates the Government’s dedication to reducing the health consequences of alcohol consumption in the UK. It also provides an avenue for bar staff to gain industry recognised training, which will increase the overall professionalism in the industry.
As part of our commitment to providing accredited and professional training services that exceed industry standards, Get Licensed and its training providers have recently announced the implementation of this training programme. As part of our commitment to this industry, we assure you that our training providers are dedicated to providing top quality training packages tailored to you and your business.
The training provided will ensure that students not only gain the necessary training to meet the needs of the Licensing Act, but they will also have a distinct advantage of personalised training, which will allow them to implement what they have been taught in the workplace.
The Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders is the basic requirement for selling alcohol within a retail environment.
The sale of alcohol without the approved authorisation carries a maximum penalty on conviction of a fine of £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
How can I get the licence?
Getting your Personal Licence may seem like a long winded process. A detailed application process guide is available in Application process section on this page. The process in summary can be broken into 3 simple steps:
- Step 1: Book and attend Personal Licence course
- Step 2: Get certified by passing the course.
- Step 3: Complete the licence application which will be available from your local council's website.
The Personal Licence Training Course runs over a single day and is divided into the following units:
- Licensing authorities
- Personal and premises licences
- Operating schedules
- Permitted temporary activities
- 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
- Protection of children
At the end of your training, a 40-question multiple choice exam will be conducted. The questions on this exam are covered on your course.
We understand that examinations can be daunting. With our nationwide 90% plus passing rate, you have nothing to worry about.
Why Get Licensed?
Get Licensed offers Personal Licence courses also known as APLH training at over 30 training locations throughout the UK. You have the option to choose from two courses: classroom based training or E-learning training. E-learning training allows you to study at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.
Thousands of people chose us every year for their Personal Licence course. All courses booked with Get Licensed include:
- Training Guarantee: You get the course you purchased or an instant refund
- Price Match: You won't find the same course cheaper anywhere else
- Enhanced Customer Support: We are available after hours including late evenings, nights and early mornings via chat, telephone and even Whatsapp
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Another reason to chose us include our nationwide coverage. With over 30 training locations, we are sure to be somewhere near you. We welcome you to check reviews from customers who have chosen us on TrustPilot.
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Personal Licence - Exam Only
You must apply to the licensing authority of the district or borough in which you live, not where you work. You can find your local authority by entering your postcode here.
The requirements for a successful Personal Licence application are as follows:
- Correctly filled personal licence application
- Two passport photos - one of these must be endorsed
- Original Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders certificate
- Proof of entitlement to work in the UK
- Disclosure of criminal convictions and declaration
- Application fee
The application fee is usually £37. You may post the completed application to the Licencing Team at the local authority. Some local councils also accept walk-in applications.
Most personal licence applications take a maximum of 20 working days to be processed.
How Much Can I Earn?
Personal licence holders work in a variety of venues and largely your earnings will be influenced by this. Example, Bartenders can expect to earn more than a Personal Licence holder working in a shop. Typically Personal Licence holders earn between £7.50-10. Those who work in night economy may earn significantly higher when tips are included.