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.
The deadline for SCPLH renewal is almost upon us. Are you ready?
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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
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.
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.
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