Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders SCPLH

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) Course


The law requires alcohol sales on licensed premises to be made or authorised by a personal licence holder. Individuals applying for a personal licence must hold an accredited licensing qualification.

The aim of this Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) qualification is to provide candidates with essential knowledge of the legal framework surrounding the sale of alcohol in Scotland. This includes key information on the responsibilities of personal licence holders, duties of the Designated Premises Supervisor, the role of licensing authorities and police powers regarding licensed premises.

*  Candidates will be required to bring photographic I.D with them to the course  *


Successful completion of the training programme and examination will ensure candidates are able to understand the following:

  • Licensing authorities
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences
  • Operating schedules
  • Permitted temporary activities
  • Unauthorised licensable activities
  • Police powers
  • Legal and social responsibilities of the personal licence holder
  • Duties of the personal licence holder
  • Illegal drugs; disorderly conduct
  • Alcohol
  • Protection of children
  • Rights of entry


This course will cover the following topics:

  • Rationale for the development of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Overview of the licensing function
  • Key roles
  • Licences and operating conditions
  • Protection of children from harm
  • Training
  • Associated law
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Social responsibility
  • Community links


The examination of the SCPLH will consist of a multiple choice examination paper.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone working in a job role that requires them to authorise retail sales of alcohol in both on-sales and off-sales premises: managers, assistant managers and supervisors, or staff seeking promotion to one of these positions.

Suggested Progression

Progression routes include Level 3 Award for Designated Premises Supervisors which includes learning outcomes for candidates with supervisory and management responsibilities in licensed retail.

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