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SQA’s alcohol licensing qualifications support those working in the licensed trade in Scotland. They allow individuals to show that they can work responsibly and that they understand how the licensing process applies to their jobs.

  • The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders is for those who authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold. It is a ‘relevant qualification’ under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 for anyone applying for a personal licence in Scotland.
  • All Personal licence holders must complete refresher training within five years of the date that their licence was issued.  They then must produce evidence of having completed the refresher training to the Licensing Board that issued their Personal Licence no later three months after this deadline. A certificate of achievement for the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) qualification is the recognised way of doing this.
  • All staff who sell or serve alcohol are required to have a minimum of two hours of training on alcohol licensing legislation before they begin work. The Scottish Certificate for Safe Sale and Service of Alcohol is a reliable way to cover this requirement.

You will be awarded with a certificate on the completion of this course, please note this is not your licence. You must apply with your local council for your licence at an additional cost, most councils can take up to 42 days to process your application.

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