Personal Licence Courses for the Hospitality Industry

Personal Licence Training

A one-day personal licence course provides candidates with all the relevant regulations and legal information required to pass the personal licence exam. This is the first stage of the process for obtaining a personal alcohol licence.

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What is a Personal Licence?

In England and Wales, a Personal Licence (APLH) is required in order to sell alcohol within a retail environment. In Scotland, a Scottish Personal Licence (SCPLH) is required. The licence consists of a laminated identification card and an A4 paper document. The licence holder’s photograph and address details are shown on the ID card.

All premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a ‘Designated Premises Supervisor’ (DPS), who holds a personal licence. This is the minimum legal requirement. However, most premises employ several personal licence holders to ensure seamless cover and demonstrate due dilligence to local authorities.

In the course of your work, you may be asked to present your personal licence to an authorised officer. This is a legal requirement, so if you lose your personal licence or it gets stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement.

You can sell alcohol without a personal licence if you have a temporary events notice (TEN). A single TEN can only licence one event which lasts for a maximum of 7 consecutive days.

How long is a Personal Licence Valid For?

As of the 1st April 2015, a Personal Licence (APLH) issued in England or Wales has no expiry date, and will run indefinitely unless cancelled, surrendered or forfeited. For example, if you cease to be entitled to work in the UK, and your licence was issued after the 6th April 2017, your licence would be cancelled.

Scottish Personal Licences (SCPLH) are valid for a period of 10 years, and licence holders in Scotland must complete a refresher qualification (SCPLH/R) after 5 years for their licence to remain valid.

How Do You Get a Personal Licence?

Firstly, you must be aged 18 years or older and hold a licensing qualification. This qualification can be gained by attending a Personal Licence course and passing the APLH exam. Once passed, you can then apply to your local council to obtain your personal licence.

The exam is 40-minutes long and consists of 40 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 28 out of 40.

Cost of Personal Licence Training

The 1-day personal licence course costs £140. This price includes the exam, plus one free exam resit (if required), lunch and refreshments.

Cost of The Personal Licence

Your local council will charge a £37 fee when you apply for your Personal Licence. You will also require a DBS Check (formerly CRB), which costs £35. Both of these charges are exempt from VAT.

Personal Licence Application

Applications must be made with your local council, after you’ve successfully passed the personal licence exam. Two forms need to be filled out and sent to them; a ‘Personal Licence Application‘ form, and a ‘Disclosure of Convictions’ form. Various paperwork will also need to be provided, including:

  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement or official letter (no older than 3 months) which confirms your name and current address.
  • A copy of either your passport, driving licence or birth certificate (the latter should be accompanied by a National Insurance Number).
  • 2 x Passport size photographs (one of which should be endorsed as a true likeness). Our professionally qualified tutors can endorse this for you if you bring it to one of our APLH courses.

We provide a Personal Licence Application Service for £75 (+VAT), plus the disbursement costs, detailed above.

Is There a Personal Licence Course Near Me?

Our personal licence courses are provided through a network of 45 APLH training sites across the UK. So you’re never very far from a training venue. Select one below for further details.

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