Scottish Personal Licence Training (SCPLH)

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public must hold a personal licence. To apply for a personal license, you must first gain a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) qualification.

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Scottish Personal Licence Training (SCPLH)

FROM £200
MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Work in a sector that requires sale of alcohol

Multiple Choice Exam (40 questions)

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What is the Scottish Personal Licence training course about?

The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) is a nationally recognised training qualification and candidates must have this before they can apply for their personal licence.

This is a Level 5 qualification that will help you advance in your career prospects inside the licensed trade division in Scotland.

Please Note - Scottish law dictates that personal licence holders must undertake refresher training within five years of getting their licence, or they will have their licence revoked.

If you are based in Wales or England you will need to apply for the Personal Licence (APLH)

What does the course include?

This one-day course will provide you with all the relevant training and accreditation required to legally sell and authorise the sale of alcohol at any licensed premises in Scotland for those looking to pursue a career in hospitality and the bar industry.

This one-day course will provide each learner with a clear understanding of the framework of law and regulation that underpins the responsibilities of the personal licence holder.

The Personal license SCPLH course runs over 1-day and is divided into the following units:

  • Rationale for the development of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Overview of the licensing function
  • Key roles - the roles, responsibilities and functions of Licensing Boards and Licensing Standards Officers
  • Licences and operating conditions
  • Protection of children from harm
  • Associated law
  • The content and purpose of an operating schedule and risk assessment
  • Roles and responsibilities of the personal licence holder and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
  • licensed hours
  • Unauthorised licensable activities
  • Alcohol and Illegal drugs
  • Drunkenness and disorderly behaviour
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • Social responsibility
  • The strengths of alcoholic drinks and the effects of alcohol on the human body.
  • Community links

This course also includes a multiple-choice question examination consiting of 40 questions.

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Personal Licence Application process

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

Right of work in the UK

Disclosure of criminal convictions and declaration

Application fee

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. 

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SCPLH stands for Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.
10 years from the date of issue, unless revoked earlier by the Licensing Board.
If you need to sell alcohol as part of your job then yes. Anybody engaged in an occupation that requires them to authorise sales of alcohol in Scotland should take the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders. This generally includes new staff seeking promotion through to staff at managerial levels.
To get your personal licence, the first step is to attend and pass the 1-day personal licence course. Once you pass and receive your certificate, you can apply via your local licensing authority (usually your local council).
At the end of the course you will be required to sit a 40-question multiple choice examination.
Certificates are dispatched 4 - 6 weeks after successful course completion via Royal Mail. We aim to post your certificate within 2 days after receiving it from your training provider. We will send you an email once we have dispatched your certificate. If you opted for Secured Delivery, your certificate will be posted with a service requiring your signature.
If you are a Personal Licence Holder and you wish to continue to be a Personal Licence Holder, then you must complete refresher training 5 years after the date that your Personal Licence was issued. This must be taken every 5 years.
If you do not complete your refresher training within the correct time period, and submit your refresher training certificate to your licensing board, then you will no longer be considered a Personal Licence Holder and you will no longer be able to authorise the sale or service of alcohol.
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