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  Consequently, papers with the following paper code have been withdrawn: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.

HABC teams up with training bodies to tackle underage sales

Underage salesHABC has teamed up with three of the licensing sector’s top training organisations to help staff tackle the issue of underage sales.

abv Training, Inn-Dispensable and Innpacked will be working with HABC throughout autumn to run a series of courses across England that aim to improve falling compliance levels in the on-trade sector.

A recent survey* showed that only 64% of licensed premises were passing test purchase visits, representing a significant downturn since 2010. Likewise, the sector is currently being out performed by the off-licence sector, where pass rates for test purchase visits were 85% in 2013.

The workshops will deliver the HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF), which was the first qualification in the UK to be introduced specifically for the subject and is accepted by Best Bar None initiatives and police waiver schemes.

Dates and locations are:

  • 11 September – Southampton – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 16 September – Oxford – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable;
  • 18 September – Bournemouth – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 22 September – Stone – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 23 September – Cardiff – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 24 September – Sheffield – Delivered by abv Training;
  • 25 September – Winchester – Delivered by Innpacked;
  • 13 October – Cheltenham – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable; and
  • 14 November – Bristol – Delivered by Inn-Dispensable.

Chris Sprenger, HABC Managing Director, said, ‘Standards across the sector need to be improved and the only way this can be achieved is through effective staff training and education. In most instances, selling alcohol to a minor will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN ) of £90 being levied against the the member of staff, then the possibility of a greater fine and suspension of the premises licence for a second failure for the business.

But that is minor compared to the impact it can have on your business reputation locally in the longer term. The vast majority of the on-trade sector wants to be a “good neighbour” to their local community, and these workshops are the most effective way to ensure that you and your staff can achieve that’.

Each course lasts half a day, costs just £70 per learner and includes complimentary materials such as Highfield’s Preventing Underage Sales Handbook.

For more details on each individual course, go to course finder Plus.

* The survey was carried out by Serve Legal in 2013.

Licensing legislation update from HABC/WoodsWhur

To bring you the latest updates and changes to alcohol licensing in the UK, Highfield has teamed up with WoodsWhur – one of the country’s leading legal practices in the field.

These updates will provide you with the information and knowledge you need to stay on top of the law and keep you and your staff informed.

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) BillRoulette wheel
WoodsWhur has recently met with the Gambling Commission both on behalf of individual clients and generally as part of a work in practice group to look at how the preparations are getting on for the introduction of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.  

 

 

Gradient signAre the stats on reduced crime linked to alcohol consumption a reliable Indicator?
We have seen published research which claims a decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcohol is behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year.  

 

 

 

Cameron kick starts the World Cup
The government has listened to the views received in response to its consultation and has decided to relax licensing hours in England for England’s World Cup matches.  The relaxation will apply in England during England matches in the World Cup with a scheduled kick off time of 8.00pm or later.  

 

 

LapdancingLap dancing operators lose judicial challenge against Leeds City Council
The High Court has handed down its judgement in the case of The Queen (on the application of Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) and Leeds City Council and between The Queen (on the application of Ruby May (1) Limited) and Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin).  

 

 

High Court rules that procedural defects do not necessarily invalidate review proceedings
On 18 February 2014 the High Court ruled in the case concerning Funky Mojoe, that procedural defects do not automatically render Licensing Review proceedings invalid.

Funky Mojoe is a nightclub in Essex which apparently was well publicised in ‘The Only Way is Essex’ television series and at a review hearing before the London Borough of Redbridge, in April 2013, the terminal hour at the premises was reduced to midnight.

The review application was brought by the licensing authority in January 2013 and a blue notice advertising the review was displayed at the premises pursuant to regulation 38 and 39 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005

Law, legislation and licensing at the HABC National Conference

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) will be putting the latest and proposed legislative changes to the industry under the spotlight at its conference later this year, with a line-up including the Institute of Licensing and the Scottish Grocers Federation.

Held at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, on 13 November 2014, the HABC National Conference will feature a seminar on licensing issues throughout the day – sponsored by the Alliance of Quality Licensing Trainers (AQLT) and Marks & Spencer – with insights and updates on training, legislation and compliance from leading experts including:

proposed legislative changesJohn Drummond, Chief Executive, Scottish Grocers Federation;

 

 

Jon CollinsJon Collins, Chairman, Institute of Licensing Ltd;

 

 

Peter CoulsonPeter Coulson, Editor of the Licensing Review, co-founder of the M&C Report; and

 

 

Mike WroeMike Wroe, Director, HABC.

 

 

Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘The licensing sector faces a number of challenges right across the four nations, both now and in the future, from the legal to the operational.  Our speakers will be addressing those issues and providing guidance for operators and educators on how to meet those challenges’.

The conference is expected to attract an anticipated 600 delegates including blue-chip corporate clients and brand names, leading industry experts and educators and trainers.

The licensing seminar is one of seven that make up the entire conference covering a number of sectors including apprenticeships, fire safety/health and safety, first aid, food safety, pool lifeguarding and security.

 

AQLT and HABC team up to improve access to APLH courses

National retailers and members of the public seeking APLH courses will be able to find them more easily thanks to this new partnership.

The Alliance of Quality of Licensing Trainers (AQLT)* is now offering Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) qualifications at a number of their training centres across England, Scotland and Wales, with key examination venues including Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Liverpool, London and Oxford.

The coverage of venues will allow national licensed retailers and the general public to sit HABC examinations at AQLT’s centres on a number of monthly dates, offering them greater flexibility and choice.  The dates will be published on HABC’s Coursefinder Plus.

It is the second time the two organisations have teamed up, having previously partnered in 2012 to offer the first national training programme in Underage Sales Prevention to both the on- and off-licence sectors in 40 locations across England and Wales.

Martin Read, Acting Chair of AQLT, said, ‘We are extremely pleased to now be able to offer HABC personal licence holder qualifications at our training centres across the UK. The initial national series of Preventing Underage Sales courses we delivered using HABC qualifications was most successful and we now look forward to providing this essential APLH qualification to many HABC corporate and public clients’.

 

Christian Sprenger, HABC MD, said, ‘We have worked successfully with AQLT before, and we know that they have the same commitment to high standards, customer service and meeting expectations as we do. AQLT shares our values, and through this partnership we will be able to deliver high-quality qualifications across England, Scotland and Wales.’

AQLT now delivers HABC’s full suite of licensing qualifications, including the APLH, SCPLH and the SCPLHR, as well as a number of other related compliance qualifications available upon request including food safety, health and safety and underage sales,available to members of the public or delivered to major national retailers.

To find out more, and for contact details of Centres that will be offering HABC qualifications in each region, go to Coursefinder Plus.

* AQLT is a group of five of the UK’s largest and award-winning training companies for the delivery of licensing training in England, Scotland and Wales (abv Training, InnConfidence, Inn Dispensable Training, InnPacked and Poppleston Allen).