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Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders

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Course Overview

The BIIAB Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders is the qualification required by law for the grant of a Personal Licence in Scotland.

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.

Scheduled Courses

abv Training offer two ways to completed the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders training course.

Face-to-Face:abv Training provide scheduled SCPLH courses in 5 locations across Scotland. Learners with complete a full days training, which usually run from 9am – 5pm, with an hour break. The multiple exam is taken on the day while the knowledge is still fresh in the learner's mind.

e-Learning:: learners will receive the SCPLH e-Learning course to complete before attending their chose location and date to sit the multiple-choice exam. The e-Learning course must be completed before attending the course. Learners will also receive a handbook to help with learning the course content.

To book a course simply hit book now and choose the type of course, location and date that suits you.

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 Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders qualification is the first step in gaining your Personal Licence. You will then need to apply to your local licensing board for your licence. 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 training course will provide each learner with a clear understanding of the framework of law and regulation that underpins the responsibilities of the Personal Licence holder. This will include:

  • The policy context
  • Overview of the licensing function and the Licensing Objectives
  • Key roles
  • Licences and operating conditions
  • Protection of children from harm
  • Training
  • Associated law
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Social responsibility


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

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