Personal Licence

Under the Licencing Act 2003, every premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a DPS (designated premises supervisor) named on the premises licence. A DPS must hold a personal licence and they will be responsible, along with the premises licence holder, for authorising the sale of alcohol at the premises.

Personal Licence Course: Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF)

Anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public is required to have a suitable qualification. Besides that, this ensures that bar staffs, hospitality workers and those working in an off-licence have attained the necessary skills and qualifications to operate legally.

About the training

Firstly the training course is one day course which has been designed to meet the legal requirements to qualify to become a Personal Licence Holder. In addition, the training includes essential information on the responsibilities of licence holders and duties of the designated premises supervisor (DPS).

Training: Every other Wednesday  in London
Fee : £150.00 only

Full package

Training, exam fee, basic disclosure fee, application fee and processing included

Only £300.00


Furthermore, upon the successful completion of this training, you will be awarded the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders which is above all accredited by either the HABC or the Qualifications Networks.

The application process by Hamlets Training Centre (Full Package)

Certainly an advantage of training with us is that you can also opt for the full package. Our licensing team will administrate your DBS check and also your application at a comparative rate of £300 which is coupled with the personal licence qualification (APLH or SCPLH).

Course Content:

Personal Licence

  • The Licensing Act 2003
  • Personal Licences
  • Premises Licences
  • The Protection of Children
  • Powers and Enforcement
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Responsibility in Alcohol Retailing

Who needs Alcohol Licence (Personal Licence) ? 

Those working in Pubs and bars, cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, late-opening cafes, takeaways, village and community halls, supermarkets and off licences hence are required alcohol licences. Beside that even those looking to pursue a career in hospitality and the bar industry require an alcohol licence.

Why train with us?

Certainly we provide outstanding learner support. Our highly competitive fees along with our 95% pass rate, makes this course value for money. There are group discounts available in all our courses. Our Ofqual accredited qualifications means this course is accepted by your licensing department of your local authorities.

How to get a Personal Licence?

In order to obtain a Personal Licence; applicants must be 18 years of age or above and will need the following:

  • Book a Personal Licence training course
  • Personal Licence application form – Obtained from local Councils or Licensing Authorities.
  • Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders Qualification Certificate (The original)
  • Basic Disclosure  (N.B – check valid for 28 days)
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Application fee – £37

What our students have said?

Level 2 Personal Licence Holders (RQF) course student 2019: Yuksel: I went to Hamlets Training Centre for my Personal Licence Training course. Everything was so good and most importantly all the staff were so friendly. My teacher explained everything so clearly. Thank you

Course Summary

Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF)

Training: Every other Wednesday  in London
Fee : £150.00
Timing: 10:00 am- 5 pm
Duration: 1 Day
Within 5 working days
Assessment method:
Multiple-choice questions examination

Exam duration  : 1 hour
Eligibility for Licence : 18 or over and right to work in UK
Pass rate : 95%
Validity for Licence : Unlimited

Full Package ( Training, exam fee, basic disclosure fee, application fee and processing included): £300.00

Frequently Asked Questions

A personal licence will allow holders to sell alcohol for consumption on or off any premises covered by a premises licence.

To get your personal licence, you need to attend and pass the 1-day Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders course. Once you receive your certificate, you can apply via your local licensing authority.

An applicant must submit an application form to the relevant licensing authority as provided for in Part 6 of the Act. The form will require certain details of the applicant to be provided, and applicants will be required to provide additional information and documents such as photographs as well as the fee for the application. They will be asked for details of any relevant or foreign offences for which they have been convicted. The licensing authority will then process the application. Application forms are available separately. If it appears there are convictions for any relevant or foreign offences, the licensing authority will give a notice to the chief officer of police for the area. If the police make no objections within a 14 day period, the licence must be granted.

Since the 1st of April, a personal licence is valid for the indefinite period of time.

There is nothing in the 2003 Act that requires the DPS to be on the premises at all times when alcohol is being sold. What will be essential is that the DPS is contactable.

To qualify for a personal licence the applicant must fulfil certain criteria. These are set out in the Act. The licensing authority must grant the licence if it appears that:

  • age of the applicant is 18 or over
  • no personal licence held by him has been forfeited within the period of five years before making the application
  • the applicant possesses an accredited licensing qualification or is a person of a prescribed description
  • he/ she has not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence

If the applicant fulfils all these criteria, the licence will be granted. However, if any of the first three criteria are not met, the licensing authority must reject the application. The licensing authority must notify the chief officer of police for its area if it appears that an applicant has been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence, as set out above.

A personal licence will be in two forms, the first will be in a small durable form, and contain the following information:

  • the holder’s name and address
  • an identifier for the licensing authority which granted it
  • photograph of the holder
  • a unique number allocated by the licensing authority
  •  expiry date
  • second part of the licence will contain the above information, apart from the photograph, and will also contain details of any relevant or foreign offence which the holder has been convicted.

‘Relevant offence’ refers to the offences listed in the Licence  Act that 2003  could, on conviction, rule out the grant or renewal of a personal licence to the applicant concerned. The offences include those involve in:

  • serious crime
  • dishonesty
  •  controlled drugs
  • certain sexual offences
  • offences created by the Act



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