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Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

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Course Overview

The BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders is the qualification required by law in order to be to apply for a Personal Licence in England and Wales.

A Personal Licence enables the holder to make, or authorise other staff members to make retail sales of alcohol from premises that hold a Premises Licence.

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abv Training provides scheduled APLH courses in over 70 locations across the UK. Simply hit book now and choose a location and date that suits you.

Each course usually runs from 9am – 5pm, with an hour break. Once you have booked your course we will send you a confirmation with all the information you need. We will also post out your course handbook, which is included in the cost.

In-Company Courses

If you have 8 or more learners we can come to you and hold an in-company course. For more information and a personalised quote, please complete the ‘request a callback’ form and a member of the team will be in touch.


Achieving the Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification is the first step in gaining your Personal Licence. You will then need to apply to your local council for your licence. The application process involves:

  • Completing an application form and a criminal record declaration form
  • Applying to Disclosure Scotland for a criminality check

We can take the hassle away and apply for your licence on your behalf. Simply add our Personal Licence Application service to your basket when checking out.

Personal Licence Application

Course Content

The Award for Personal Licence Holders training course provides each learner with a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the Personal Licence Holder. It covers:

  • The roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities within the framework of the licensing objectives
  • The application process for a personal licence
  • The role and legal responsibilities of the personal licence holder, and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
  • The premises licence
  • The content and purpose of operating schedules
  • The role and duties of the designated premises supervisor
  • Unauthorised and temporary licensable activities
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • Police powers with regard to suspension and closure of licensed premises
  • The specific prohibitions for the sale of alcohol
  • The strengths of alcoholic drinks, and the effects of alcohol on the human body
  • The protection of children from harm
  • The responsible retail sale of alcohol.


This qualification is assessed by a 40 multiple choice examination. You must achieve 28/40 to pass.

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