Personal Licence Holder Certificate

What is special about this course?

This is a mandatory qualification for people applying to become a personal licence holder. This would benefit those with supervisory responsibilities in licensed premises. This course is not suitable for existing personal licence holders. They should look at the refresher training.

The qualification is a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6 awarded by Alcohol Focus from City & Guilds.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements. Suitable for both on and off-licence candidates. This course is not suitable for existing personal licence holders. They should look at the refresher training.

During the course you will cover the following areas -

  • Licensing Law, Alcohol and People Skills
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Social responsibilities
  • The law surrounding children
  • Sensible promotion of drinks and drinking behaviour
  • Best practice and standard setting
  • Refusal of service
  • Prevention of conflict
  • Customer care

How will I study my course?

  • Short course

How long will my course last?

This is a 2 day course which is delivered online.  You will need to attend one of our college centres to complete a 40 question multiple choice assessment will be completed at the end of the course.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

Next course: 23rd - 24th June 2021, 9.30am - 2.30pm. Book your place.


£150. This includes course handbook, examination and certification.


A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You can apply to be a licence holder of a licenced premises through your local Council Licensing Board.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.