The deadline for SCPLH renewal is almost upon us. Are you ready?
The deadline for SCPLH renewal is almost upon us. Are you ready?
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!
Words with Highfield.
Each Monday, we’ll bring you a new word, phrase or term from one of the sectors we work in, and explain its meaning.
Today we look at SCPLH Refresher.
‘A legal requirement for all Scottish Personal Licence Holders to update their licensing qualification five years from the date it was issued. This is so that licence holders can demonstrate they have updated and ‘refreshed’ their knowledge of the licensing regime in Scotland. Once completed, the refresher training certificate needs to be sent to the licence holder’s relevant licensing board’.
The SCPLH refresher can he achieved through qualifications such as the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6.
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.
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.
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:
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.
With licensing such a hot topic in Scotland at the moment, Highfield has published A Question of Licensing for Scotland, an interactive and practical workbook to help train servers and sellers of alcohol.
The book provides 2 hours of licensing training for staff who sell or serve alcohol (as required by Scottish law), and can be used by trainers to sell to Personal Licence Holders who are looking to train colleagues on-site. Key topics covered include Scottish licensing law, powers of enforcements, licensed premises, protection of children and seller’s responsibility.
The book also contains a tear-out training record which can be used to demonstrate proof of training.
HABC is urging SCPLH holders to undertake their refresher training as soon as possible after fresh concerns were raised about the number completing.
It is a requirement in Scotland that anyone who received a personal licence on or before 1 September 2009 must have completed refresher training by 1 September 2014. However, there are concerns that only a small percentage of those affected have completed this, with some reports suggesting as few as 1200 of the 25,000 licence holders in Scotland having undertaken the training as of March 2014.
The failure to complete refresher training by the deadline could be potentially catastrophic for individuals and businesses, with the Scottish Government insisting that those who do not complete in time will have their licences revoked.
HABC is supporting a campaign by the Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Consultancy (HLTTC) to raise awareness of the issue and a number of initiatives to encourage licensees to complete their training in time.
Highfield has also recently published the Licensing Course Book, which is suitable for both licence holders and educators undergoing refresher training, and can be used as a reference manual once training has been completed.
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