The 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.
Highfield 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 Consequently, papers with the following paper codes have been withdrawn: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:
Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refreshers) at SCQF Level 6:
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.