Back in 2013, two new licensing qualifications were developed. Working together with People1st, the Scottish Government and other awarding organisations, Highfield developed a replacement of the old Award for Scottish Personal Licence Holders (On and Off Sales) and to satisfy mandatory training requirements specified within Scottish licensing law, the SCPLH Refresher came into being.
However, since 2013 a number of new Bills and amendments to legislation have come into effect and as the qualifications have been live for 5 years this means that they themselves are due a refresh.
So once again, Highfield have joined a steering group and are working with People1st, the SQA, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders in the licensing industry to develop new, updated versions of the qualifications which are due to launch in 2019.
During 2019, Highfield will be seeking the views of training providers, employers and others in the licensing industry to provide us with feedback to help shape the new qualifications. It’s important to us that the qualifications provide value to both licence holders and the trade as a whole.
So keep an eye out for more information throughout 2019!
And for more information on recent updates to the SCPLH qualifications, check out our previous articles on the changes and on how to book your refresher.
If you’re working in the Scottish licensed trade, you’ll no doubt be aware of the changes to the rules around the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) and personal licence renewal.
Specifically, if you already hold an SCPLH qualification and are a licence holder whose licence is coming up for renewal, it’s best practice to sit the refresher as soon as possible, and send the qualification certificate with your application for renewal.
So how do you organise your refresher?
1. If you’re an individual licence holder, go to our Course Finder Plus page to search for refresher courses near you: https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/coursefinderplus
2. If you’re a trainer, go to the members’ area of the Highfield Qualifications site to see if your certificate is due for renewal. You can book it through our system there and then. Or you can speak to your account manager. Trainers don’t need a licence, but do need an SCPLH qualification and up-to-date CPD which can include refresher training.
3. If you’re an employer and not already working with us, get in touch with us below. We already work with some of the biggest names in Scottish licensing, and have a range of qualifications, training resources and e-learning to help you.
Applications for renewal of personal licences issued on 1 September 2009 must reach licensing boards by 31 May 2019, or three months before the expiry date.
So don’t be late. Last time there were changes, nearly 8000 people missed out!
A new suite of security qualifications specific to Scotland has been launched by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives.
The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), followed by the introduction of similarly updated qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in January 2015.
The review affected security licence-linked units, meaning that qualifications containing these have now been withdrawn and replaced.
The new qualifications are:
• HABC Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Public Space Surveillance) (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
• HABC Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6;
• HABC Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6; and
• HABC Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6.
As the new qualifications contain updated content, deliverers of them must ensure their training programmes are revised to meet the new learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Schemes of work and lesson plans must also be updated to reflect the changes.
Jason Sprenger, HABC Chief Executive, said, ‘As a result of the SIA review, we have introduced a completely new suite of qualifications that will continue to provide employers with the skilled staff they require. HABC was actively involved in the development work alongside other SIA-approved Awarding Organisations, helping to create the new units that make up the qualifications and working with our Centres to ensure their views were reflected throughout’.
A number of new learning materials have also been launched to support the qualifications, including the Working as a Door Supervisor, Working as a Security Officer and Working as a CCTV Operator books and training presentations, written by security experts Andy Walker and Gordon Tyerman.
For more information on the changes or to offer the qualifications, click here, call 0845 226 0350 or email email@example.com