Personal Licences and Training

Personal Licence Refresher Training

A personal licence has a currency of 10 years and must be renewed prior to the 10th anniversary of issue by a licensing board.

In addition, Section 87 of The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires that prior to the 5th anniversary of issue, and every 5 years thereafter, the licence holder must undergo mandatory refresher training, where a refresher training certificate will be issued on successful completion of the training course.  Failure to undergo this training in the appropriate timescale and failure to update the licensing board within 3 months of the training will result in the licence being automatically revoked.

A check of the front of the personal licence will show the expiry date of the licence (e.g. 01/09/2019).  Simply count back five years from this date and this is the date when the refresher training must be completed by.

Personal Licences - Mandatory 10 Year Renewals

All personal licence holders whose licences were issued on or after 1st September in 2009 should be aware that the requirement to renew their licences starts in 2018.  The law requires that if a personal licence holder wishes to renew their licence they must do so, by application to the Licensing Board, no earlier than 1st September 2018 and no later than 1st June 2019.

This may seem like a long way off, but as this process will affect around 500 personal licence holders, in Argyll and Bute, in the first batch, training courses will be at a premium.  Licensing Standards urges all personal licence holders affected to log the date and make arrangements with accredited trainers to have the training provided.  Failure to renew your personal licence will result in the Licensing Board revoking your licence.

As yet, the format for training, either the full Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) course or the refresher course, has still to be decided on by the  Scottish Government. Regardless, Section 78 of the 2005 Act makes it clear that the renewal application process will be the same as the original personal licence application. The applicant will be required to successfully complete the full SCPLH course and submit a copy of the pass certificate together with the personal licence application form, two passport photographs and the application fee of £50.00.  Should this change we will update this advice.

Contact your Licensing Standards Officer should you require further information.

Process for Advising Licensing Board

  • Each Personal Licence Holder (PLH) should submit a copy of their refresher training certificate to the licensing board either by e-mail to or by post to The Clerk to the Board, Argyll and Bute Licensing Board, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA318RT.  It is recommended that copy certificates are submitted by recorded delivery or by e-mail so there is a recorded date and receipt of the submission.
  • There is no standard application form for updating personal licence refresher training so the PLH should include their name, date of birth, address and personal licence number in the correspondence.
  • The Licensing Board will issue an updated licence and send it to the PLH.
  • There is no fee for this update.

Refresher Training and Premises Manager Status

Premises licence holders have a responsibility to ensure their Designated Premises Manager (DPM) holds a current personal licence.  If a premises manager’s personal licence is revoked due to failure to undergo refresher training, the premises cannot sell alcohol until a suitably qualified personal licence holder is in place. 

Therefore, it may be necessary for the premises licence holder to substitute the premises manager to ensure continued compliance with the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. Section 54 of The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires that notification of a DPM relinquishing their position for any reason is to be given to the Board within 7 days. Thereafter, there is a 6 weeks period of grace to nominate the new DPM to the Board. During this period the premises can continue to operate as if there was a DPM in place.

Further information can be obtained from Licensing Standards or the Council’s licensing team.

Accredited Personal Licence Training Providers

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accredited trainers in Argyll and Bute:

Lynn Nicolson, Ben Lomond Training and Consultancy –
Tel: 01436 821839  
Mobile 07771 551948

Sheila Baird, Environmental Consultancy and Training (ENCAT) –
Tel: 01546 602628   
Mobile: 07786 063944

Christine Roberts, North Star Consultancy -
Tel: 01866 822746
Mobile - 07767 253912 

Sharon Lande, 5 Star Hospitality Training –
Mobile: 07775 797 179

There are SQA accredited training providers available throughout Scotland and a quick internet search should assist in finding these.