Scottish Personal Licence Holder

What is special about this course?

It is an intensive one-day course during which we cover Licensing Law, Associated Law and the effects of alcohol. The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states, that in order to sell alcohol, every premises must have a named “Premises Manager” – the qualification to become a “Premises Manager” is a Personal Licence. It is therefore, an important qualification. In order to be granted a personal licence every applicant must present evidence of having attained a licensing qualification to the local Licensing Board. City & Guilds and Alcohol Focus Scotland have worked closely to develop the 7104-11 Certificate (Personal Licence Qualification) which covers both on and off sales establishments. The qualification has been specifically designed to ensure that learners can develop their knowledge of the licensing legislation, gain an understanding of the licensing processes in Scotland along with the roles and responsibilities of both individuals and organisations involved in those processes. In addition, candidates will learn about other forms of legislation that affect them while working on licensed premises along with a greater understanding of the effects alcohol can have on individuals and on society.

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Entry requirements

The Personal Licence Holder Course (which is mandatory for all Premises Managers) is aimed at Licensees, Managers and Bar Staff who wish to apply for their Personal Licence.


How will I study my course?

  • Short course
  • Face-to-face

How long will my course last?

One Day

How will I be assessed?

Candidates sit a 1 hour multiple-choice test at the end of the course. Successful candidates gain a City & Guilds Certificate. This allows the applicant to apply for a personal licence on the understanding that they meet all other required criteria such as not having any relevant criminal offences and not having had a personal licence revoked in the past 5 years.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness Campus

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What funding can I apply for?

£200 ILA funding is available for this course.  To obtain your ILA please contact ILA Scotland on 0800 917 8000 for an application pack or check online at

ILA's must be in place before the course, they cannot be submitted retrospectively.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Scottish Personal Licence Holder

Applications are to be made through the Business Solutions Team at Inverness College UHI, The Team can also be contacted for further course information on 01463 273307.

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