Review of Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications

The Scottish Personal Licence Holder qualifications, required by anyone holding a personal licence in Scotland to authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold, are currently undergoing an independent review to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose and add value to businesses.

Scottish Government has contracted skills and quality assurance expert, People 1st International, to undertake the review, which is currently underway.

Operators, training providers, awarding organisations and other stakeholders right the way across the licensed retail industry are being engaged to ensure the views of the industry are heard and incorporated into the revised standards. Ultimately, the aim is to transform them into simple, fit for purpose qualifications that provide individuals with a professional development standard – as well as meeting licensing legislation. 

Having already conducted phase one of the review process working with an industry steering group and gaining initial views via an online consultation, People 1st International then conducted a series of focus groups to discuss the detail of the qualification content with experienced operators.  People 1st International will also continue to work with trade bodies to gather the views of their members over the next couple of months.

A further online consultation will be launched in this August to gather the views of the wider industry. Your views are critical. Please get involved and have your say on the proposed content of the revised standard. Highfield will notify relevant centres when the consultation is live. 

People 1st International will be submitting the revised standard to the Regulator, SQA Accreditation for approval in October 2019 and the new qualifications are planned to be available in May 2020.

Behind the scenes…refreshing the SCPLH qualifications

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.

Words with Highfield…SCPLH Refresher

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.

Find out more at https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/compliance/licensing 

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.