A campaign has been launched by Highfield Qualifications to make sure that personal licence holders understand the new requirements around licence renewal and refresher qualifications.
And the campaign is being backed by top licensing expert Janet Hood of Janet Hood Training & Consulting, who has provided step-by-step guidance to help personal licence holders and businesses understand their requirements.
Highfield Qualifications is one of the leading exam boards in the UK and works with a number of training providers, retailers, and on and off-trade businesses in the Scottish licensed sector.
It launched its campaign with an event at the University of Stirling towards the end of 2018, featuring presentations from Janet Hood and Highfield’s Andrew Constantine.
As part of the campaign, Highfield is offering:
- a step-by-step guide, developed by Janet Hood, on its website to provide clarity to personal licence holders on the actions they need to take (https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/licensing/scplh)
- a ‘CourseFinder’ option on the Highfield website to allow individuals to search for training
- an advertising toolkit for training providers to help get the message over to their customers
- regular social media updates
The Scottish government clarified changes to personal licence renewal in September 2018, which will also impact on the delivery of ‘refresher’ training. However, the last time the Scottish government implemented major changes to licensing regulations in 2014, nearly 8,000 people missed out on renewing them.
Janet Hood LLB Dip LP NP, of Janet Hood Training & Consulting, said, ‘In order to renew you or your staff member’s personal licence you must have obtained a refresher training pass certificate, then apply at least three months before the expiry date of your personal licence.
For an expiry date of 31 August 2019, that means you need to apply for renewal by 31 May 2019. Likewise, for an expiry date of 7 September 2019, you’d need to apply for renewal by 7 June 2019, and for an expiry date of 17 November, you’d need to apply by 17 August 2019’.
Janet added, ‘However, the best advice is to get trained now. Check your own and your staff or colleagues’ personal licences (you should have the originals or at least copies on-site). If a personal licence is due to expire at any time in 2019, it is time to make plans for renewal and take action now.
You should also remember that you or your colleagues may be at the refresher training five-year point, in which case you or they need to ensure you have sat and passed the refresher exam 5 years before the expiry date.
So for example, if your licence expires 30 June 2024, refresher training needs to be completed by 30 March 2019 and you need to advise the licensing board within 3 months of the expiry date, ideally as soon as you have received the refresher training pass certificate’.
Jason Sprenger, Highfield Chief Executive, said, ‘We need to avoid a scenario where thousands again miss out on renewing their personal licence. If you already hold an SCPLH qualification and are a licence holder whose license is coming up for renewal, it is best practice to sit the refresher as soon as possible.
While trainers don’t need a licence, they do need the SCPLH qualification and up-to-date CPD, which can include refresher training’.
For more information, go to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/qualifications/licensing/scplh
Notes to editors:
- Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.
- Highfield Qualifications recently took the coveted ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year 2018’ title at the Federation of Awarding Bodies’ annual awards ceremony in October 2018, and was a recipient of the Queen’s Award in 2016.