Highfield Qualifications, which awards the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) and the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) at SCQF Level 6 made the plea after it was contacted by a number of learners who had been told the digital certificates it issues were not valid when applying for licences.
Under the terms of the Licensing Act, digital certificates, sometimes known as e-certificates, are considered to be ‘originals’ and are therefore a valid way for applicants to demonstrate they have achieved the required qualification.
Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive said, ‘Digital certificates or e-certificates have been considered as originals for a number of years now, and are a valid means under the terms of the Licensing Act for anyone to prove they have the necessary qualification required for an alcohol licence. However, some Local Authorities have always refused to accept them, instead insisting on hard copies, which need to be processed manually.
Highfield, our centres and our learners would really appreciate the support of Local Authorities during the COVID-19 lockdown, so that together we can ensure no applicants are disadvantaged and are able to confidently prepare themselves for a return to work when the time comes.
Highfield’s plea comes shortly after the Institute of Licensing issued guidance, Protocol for Licence Applications & Hearings Under The Licensing ACT 2003 During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which states that Local Authorities should adopt an online, digital-first approach to licensing issues throughout the current situation.
Local Authorities can check any applicant’s certificate, completely, free of charge, using its CheckCert service at https://checkcert.highfieldqualifications.com/
For more information on Highfield Qualifications, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com