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. Level 2 Awards for the Personal Licence Holders (RQF)-APLH  is statutory requirement for people involved in the sale of alcohol. Therefore this ensures people are responsible furthermore they maintain high standard to minimise alcohol abuse.

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

 Anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public (as per the legal requirement in England and Wales) is required to have a suitable qualification. Beside 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, further maintaining a safe environment for their employees, co-workers and in particular customers.

The Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF)course, which is known as APLH, is a legal requirement that all sales of alcohol taking place on licensed premises in England and Wales must be authorised by a personal licence holder. Most importantly 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.

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

This training course will provide you with the relevant training and certification required to make a personal licence application to the licensing authority. We have provisions for on-site as well as off-site courses to the general public. In addition , we provide training  in  range of venues like bars, Café’, restaurants, community venues  and corporate businesses in and around London and across the UK.

Upon completion of this training, you will be awarded the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders which is accredited by either the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) or the Qualifications Networks.

The application process by Hamlets Training Centre (Full Package)

An advantage of training with us is that you can also opt for the full package:

  • Gain the personal licence qualification (APLH or SCPLH).
  • Hamlets Training Centre applies for a Basic Disclosure (DBS) on your behalf.
  • We completes and submit your application (accompanied by your DBS check and Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders Certificate) to your local council.

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

The types of businesses and organisations that need alcohol licences might include:

  • pubs and bars
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • nightclubs
  • late-opening cafes
  • takeaways
  • village and community halls
  • supermarkets

Why train with us?

  • Outstanding Learner Support and flexible learning at your convenience
  • Our training is cost effective and fast easy access
  • All of our accredited qualifications are  accepted by the local authorities in UK and meet legal requirements
  • You can learn at your own pace and book the exam when you are ready
  • There are group discounts available as we have friendly customer service team to talk to you to arrange a group training in your area
  • We  have provision to deliver training in various languages
  • The experienced and qualified trainers deliver training nationwide
  • Overall pass rate 95%  and free resitting facilities

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  – can be obtained from for £25 (N.B – check valid for 28 days)
  • Two passport-size photos – Signed by a professional to prove the identity of the applicant
  • Application fee – £37

Course Summary

Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (RQF)

Training: Every other Wednesday  in London
Course Fee : £150.00
Course Timing: 10:00 am- 5 pm
Course 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

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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; particularly should problems arise with the premises.

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

Since the Licensing Act 2003 received Royal Assent, there have been some minor changes to the list of relevant offences. Applicants should, therefore, refer to Schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003 and The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licence: relevant offences) (Amendment) Order 2005.

When applying for the grant of a personal licence or for the renewal of a personal licence, the applicant must include details of any relevant or foreign offences for which they have been convicted or, in the case of applications for the renewal of the licence, have been convicted since the grant or last renewal of the licence.



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