Five new pathways for the updated underage sales prevention qualification

Highfield has launched a new version of the Highfield Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (RQF) to better reflect specific job roles within the licensed trade.

The qualification is designed to assist those who are preparing to work in retail or licensed premises that offer age-restricted products and services to the public.

Based on extensive feedback from Highfield-approved training providers, the updated qualification will allow learners to choose between five different pathways depending on their job role – the first time this has been offered by any awarding organisation.

The five pathways are:

  • Retail
  • Licensed hospitality
  • Gambling
  • Restricted entertainment
  • Body modification

Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘We pride ourselves on listening and responding to our customers, and there was a clear demand for an underage sales qualification that was specific to job roles. This is the first time any awarding organisation has taken a bespoke rather than generic approach to this qualification, and it will give employers within those specific areas the trained and knowledgeable staff needed to operate safely and legally with confidence’.

The new qualification will continue to be assessed by a 30-minute, multiple-choice examination. However, the exam will now consist of 12 core questions and 6 pathway-specific questions.

It is designed to replace the existing Highfield Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (RQF), which will be available for delivery until 31 December 2018.

We have already issued an operational note to Highfield centres delivering the original qualification to inform them of the changes to registrations, examination papers and certification, as well as the withdrawal of units.

 

Update to SCPLH renewal requirements for trainers

SCPLH renewalThe first cohort of licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 are due to expire on 1 September 2019, with holders needing to apply to renew their personal licence at least three months before the expiration date.

The Scottish government has confirmed personal licence holders will need to take refresher training to support their renewal application, more about which can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/08/6715

While trainers do not need to have a licence, they are required to have sat the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licensing Holders (SCPLH) qualification, and undergo refresher training every 5 years, to align with the requirements laid out in the Training Delivery and Assessment Strategy.

It is important to note that the criteria to deliver SCPLH courses are distinct from the criteria to become and continue to be a licence holder. This means that all trainers delivering the SCPLH qualifications must hold a certificate that is no older than 5 years. To be able to continue delivering the SCPLH qualifications, trainers must undergo refresher training and submit their certificate to Highfield.

Highfield has agreed with People 1st that it will give trainers a one-month grace period from 8 August 2018 to make arrangements to take the qualification again.

Any trainer certificates that are due for renewal will display on the homepage of the members’ log-in area on the Highfield Qualifications website 90 days before they lapse.

Once you have your new certificate, submit it to your account manager, who will then update our records.

More ‘Introducing Highfield’ events for CIEH centres

Highfield Qualifications is holding a final series of ‘Introducing…’ events for CIEH centres looking to make the switch.

From this April, the CIEH will no longer be offering regulated qualifications and will be withdrawing its status as an awarding organisation. As a result, Highfield has been holding briefings for those centres that want to continue delivering regulated qualifications and are exploring ways of doing this. 

Each breakfast briefing lasts two hours and will provide further information on the benefits of being an approved Highfield centre, our policies and values, as well as guidance on our registration process. 

Dates and locations are: 

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 – Cheadle 
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017 – Maidstone 
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – Taunton 
  • Thursday 25 April 2017 – Belfast 

What you can expect on the day: 

  • details on how to switch from CIEH to Highfield, plus our support during that process and afterwards
  • overview of the qualifications we offer, and are planning to offer 
  • information on our FREE centre registration for CIEH customers 
  • guidance on moving qualifications over to the Register of Qualifications Framework (RQF)
  • examples of associated training materials from Highfield International 
  • the opportunity to network with training providers 

And of course, you’ll get the chance to meet the Highfield team and some of our subject matter experts face-to-face, ask questions and give us your views on what you want to see from a responsive awarding organisation in terms of service, qualifications and products. 

To book yourself and/or your colleagues on to this event, please visit here.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by calling us on 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or by emailing events@highfieldabc.com . Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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We hope that you can join us for what is sure to be an extremely informative event.

 

Changes to Highfield Licensing Qualifications

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has recently made amendments to the qualification specifications for the HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF) and the HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF) to reflect changes in legislation and government guidelines.

The revised specifications feature additional assessment requirements and guidance, and also highlight changes to penalties and temporary event notices.

The updated qualification specifications are:

HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF) (V9.0 January 2016)

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF) (V3.0 January 2016)

These documents are also available to download on our website on each specific qualification page under ‘qualification specification’.

We recommend that you start using the updated qualification specifications immediately.

If you have any further queries relating to the content of this bulletin, please contact your account manager directly.

Update to licensing qualifications

HABC LogoHighfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has made updates to the HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF) in light of changes recently made by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer to alcohol consumption guidelines.

We have reviewed and updated the  qualifications and examination papers in line with the new legislation and guidelines and, as such, have developed and released new exam papers.  Consequently, papers with the following paper code have been withdrawn:

  • PLH2015

Learners who undertake exams with papers that have the above paper code will not be negatively affected by this change up to and including 31 January 2016.

However, Centres that currently hold unused stock of the above paper code will be able to return them to Highfield to be replaced free of charge.  The deadline to return these is 1 March 2016.  Please contact your Highfield account manager to arrange this.

The use of papers with this examination code after 31 January 2016 is prohibited, and we would urge Centres to contact us to replace these. If any examination papers with this code are unreturned after this date, we would kindly request that they are destroyed.

If you have any queries, please contact your account manager directly.

 

 

Updates to SCPLH and SCPLH Refresher qualifications

SCPLH RefresherHighfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) has updated its qualifications for the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) at SCQF Level 6 and the SCPLH (Refreshers) at SCQF Level 6.

The updates come in response to changes recently made by the Scottish Government to licensing legislation and by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer to alcohol consumption guidelines.

We have reviewed and updated the relevant qualifications and examination papers in line with the new legislation and guidelines and, as such, have developed and released new exam papers.  Consequently, papers with the following paper codes have been withdrawn:

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6:

  • SLH6003
  • SLH6004
  • SLH6005
  • SLH6006

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refreshers) at SCQF Level 6:

  • SLHR603
  • SLHR604
  • SLHR605
  • SLHR606

Learners who undertake exams with papers that have the above paper codes will not be negatively affected by this change up to and including 31 January 2016.

However, Centres that currently hold unused stock of the above paper codes will be able to return them to Highfield to be replaced free of charge.  The deadline to return these is 1 March 2016.  Please contact your Highfield account manager to arrange this.

The use of papers with these examination codes after 31 January 2016 is prohibited, and we would urge Centres to contact us to replace these. If any examination papers with these codes are unreturned after this date, we would kindly request that they are destroyed.

If you have any queries, please contact your account manager directly.

Highfield licensing event for Scotland

Scottish licensing event

Highfield will be hosting a CPD event this September for those involved in licensing and the delivery of licensing qualifications in Scotland.

Held at the University of Stirling on 30 September 2015, the event will provide a number of key updates, as well as feature high-profile speakers such as John Lee (Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the Scottish Grocers Federation), Janet Hood (licensing legal expert), Lindsay Fyfe (licensing standards officer for Stirling Council), Simon Goulding (licensing standards officer for Dundee City Council) and Andy Constantine (Highfield Licensing and Compliance Manager).

Topics covered on the day will include:

  • Legal updates for Scotland
  • How licensing standards officers operate
  • Social responsibility strategies
  • Technology updates – covering e-learning, e-assessment and social media
  • What makes an excellent trainer (which includes how Highfield can help you to add value to your training).

Tickets cost just £95 + VAT, or £55+VAT for Highfield members.

For more details and to book your place, click here.  You can also book your place by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277 or sales@highfieldabc.com

If you are not currently a Highfield Approved Centre, but are interested in becoming one, then please visit here.

Changes to Highfield licensing qualifications

Licensing qualifications are due to undergo an overhaul after the government began a series of legislative reforms aimed at the industry.

The changes, which stem from amendments to the Deregulation Act and the Legislative Reform (licensing entertainment) Order 2014, will affect Highfield licensing qualifications including the HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF) and the HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF).

Under the proposed reforms, there will be no requirement to renew personal licences, deregulation of certain types of entertainment and a repeal of the offence regarding the sale of liqueur chocolates to under-16s, as well as increasing the number of temporary event notices (TENs) allowed from 12 to 15 per year and removing the requirement to report the loss or theft of a personal licence to the police.
A number of the changes began to be implemented in April 2015, with the majority of rest due to be introduced by summer.

HABC is currently updating all examination papers relevant to the affected qualifications to ensure they are compliant with the changes to the legislation.

How the changes will affect Highfield qualifications?

1. APLH examination papers
Until the qualifications have been updated, some APLH examination papers may contain a question relating to the 10-year length of validity. Backdated to 1 April 2015, this question will no longer contribute to the assessment outcome, meaning learners’ results will not be affected by the answer provided.

2. Withdrawal of Examination Papers
HABC has made the decision to withdraw the current examination paper codes currently in use. The following paper codes are no longer be valid (from 25 May 2015):

HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF)

  • PLH2006
  • PLH2007
  • PLH2008
  • PLH2009
  • PLH2010
  • PLH2011
  • PLH2012
  • PLH2013
  • PLH2014

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF)

  • USP2001
  • USP2002
  • USP2003
  • USP2004

If Centres are holding stock of any of the above paper codes and would like to swap them for updated examination papers, please do so by 30 June 2015 by contacting your account manager.

3. Qualification Specification Changes
The qualification specifications have been updated to include up-to-date supporting indicative content in line with the recent announcements and, if followed, will prepare learners adequately for the new examination papers.

HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF)
A summary of the changes made to the indicative content:

  • A personal licence now lasts indefinitely, unless surrendered or forfeited
  • Process for renewal of a personal licence has been removed
  • The mandatory conditions attached to premises licences
  • New mandatory condition added: No below cost sales of alcohol
  • Mention of the display of small measures
  • Some changes in relation to designated premises supervisor (DPS)
  • An additional point under irresponsible alcohol promotions relating to dispensing alcohol directly into the mouth of another person
  • Removal of the age restriction on liqueur chocolates
  • Some changes made in relation to powers of police and other authorities
  • Mention of changes to TENs to come into force in 2016
  • An additional point under regulated entertainment in relation to some live music
  • An additional point under deregulated entertainment related to unamplified live music between 8 am and 11 pm in any place
  • Additional exemptions of regulated entertainment coming into force from 6 April 2015
  • Addition of penalty amounts in pounds.

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF)
A summary of the changes made to the indicative content:

  • Removal of the age restriction on liqueur chocolates; and
  • Update of levels of fines.

If you have any queries relating to any of the above, please contact your account manager directly.

Regular compliance updates from our partners

HABC has teamed up with some the UK’s leading legal firms to provide our Approved Centres with the reliable and authoritative updates possible on legal and compliance issues.

Health and safety – We’re working with Nabarro LLP to bring you quarterly updates on health and safety that are relevant to your business. Nabarro is one of the UK’s best known and most trusted commercial law firms, and specialises in providing no-nonsense and practical advice in plain English from its team of experts.

Food safety – On the huge topic of food safety, we’re working with Greenwoods Solicitors LLP to give you the latest news and updates. Greenwoods is one of the most respected names in the food safety business, with a renowned team of legal experts providing expertise on everything from the new regulator’s code to the horsemeat scandal, as well as key issues of the day.

Licensing – To bring you the latest updates and changes to alcohol licensing in the UK, HABC has teamed up with WoodsWhur – one of the country’s leading legal practices in the field. With its team of sector experts and their in-depth experience, WoodsWhur will be helping us to help you stay up-to-date with all the latest changes to legislation and regulations.

The updates are part of the service we offer to HABC Approved Centres. To find out more, click here.