Updates to the 3rd edition of Licensing Course Handbook

licensing course handbookHighfield has updated the 3rd edition of its popular Licensing Course Handbook for those undertaking the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).

Written by sector expert Nicola Bayliss, the 3rd edition focuses on the key points necessary for prospective licence holders, such as:

  • The Licensing Act 2003
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences
  • Protection of children
  • Powers and enforcement
  • Temporary event notices
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing

If you do not already own a copy of the Licensing Course Handbook then click here

Changes to Highfield licensing qualifications

Licensing qualifications are due to undergo an overhaul after the government began a series of legislative reforms aimed at the industry.

The changes, which stem from amendments to the Deregulation Act and the Legislative Reform (licensing entertainment) Order 2014, will affect Highfield licensing qualifications including the HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF) and the HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF).

Under the proposed reforms, there will be no requirement to renew personal licences, deregulation of certain types of entertainment and a repeal of the offence regarding the sale of liqueur chocolates to under-16s, as well as increasing the number of temporary event notices (TENs) allowed from 12 to 15 per year and removing the requirement to report the loss or theft of a personal licence to the police.
A number of the changes began to be implemented in April 2015, with the majority of rest due to be introduced by summer.

HABC is currently updating all examination papers relevant to the affected qualifications to ensure they are compliant with the changes to the legislation.

How the changes will affect Highfield qualifications?

1. APLH examination papers
Until the qualifications have been updated, some APLH examination papers may contain a question relating to the 10-year length of validity. Backdated to 1 April 2015, this question will no longer contribute to the assessment outcome, meaning learners’ results will not be affected by the answer provided.

2. Withdrawal of Examination Papers
HABC has made the decision to withdraw the current examination paper codes currently in use. The following paper codes are no longer be valid (from 25 May 2015):

HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF)

  • PLH2006
  • PLH2007
  • PLH2008
  • PLH2009
  • PLH2010
  • PLH2011
  • PLH2012
  • PLH2013
  • PLH2014

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF)

  • USP2001
  • USP2002
  • USP2003
  • USP2004

If Centres are holding stock of any of the above paper codes and would like to swap them for updated examination papers, please do so by 30 June 2015 by contacting your account manager.

3. Qualification Specification Changes
The qualification specifications have been updated to include up-to-date supporting indicative content in line with the recent announcements and, if followed, will prepare learners adequately for the new examination papers.

HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (QCF)
A summary of the changes made to the indicative content:

  • A personal licence now lasts indefinitely, unless surrendered or forfeited
  • Process for renewal of a personal licence has been removed
  • The mandatory conditions attached to premises licences
  • New mandatory condition added: No below cost sales of alcohol
  • Mention of the display of small measures
  • Some changes in relation to designated premises supervisor (DPS)
  • An additional point under irresponsible alcohol promotions relating to dispensing alcohol directly into the mouth of another person
  • Removal of the age restriction on liqueur chocolates
  • Some changes made in relation to powers of police and other authorities
  • Mention of changes to TENs to come into force in 2016
  • An additional point under regulated entertainment in relation to some live music
  • An additional point under deregulated entertainment related to unamplified live music between 8 am and 11 pm in any place
  • Additional exemptions of regulated entertainment coming into force from 6 April 2015
  • Addition of penalty amounts in pounds.

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF)
A summary of the changes made to the indicative content:

  • Removal of the age restriction on liqueur chocolates; and
  • Update of levels of fines.

If you have any queries relating to any of the above, please contact your account manager directly.

Law, legislation and licensing at the HABC National Conference

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:

proposed legislative changesJohn Drummond, Chief Executive, Scottish Grocers Federation;



Jon CollinsJon Collins, Chairman, Institute of Licensing Ltd;



Peter CoulsonPeter Coulson, Editor of the Licensing Review, co-founder of the M&C Report; and



Mike WroeMike Wroe, Director, HABC.



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.