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Personal Licence Holders Renewal – Important Update

Important update – if your personal licence was issued on or before 1 September 2009 this applies to you and you need to act now!

Scottish Government has now released the final document regarding requirements for training and the process for reapplying for your Personal Licence.

Key Dates

  • 31 August 2018 – Personal Licence Holders can apply to renew their personal licence.
  • 31 May 2019 – absolute deadline for submitting your personal licence renewal application, but if you leave it this late you risk losing your licence.
  • 1 September 2019 – expiry date for personal licences granted up to 1 September 2009.

Personal Licence Holders have a vital job within the licensed trade. They authorise the sale of alcohol in both on and off sales businesses and ensure that each and every sale is legal. This is a considerable responsibility and, as such, Personal Licence Holders have two important obligations:

  • They must undergo refresher training every 5 years to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime, and send the training certificate to the relevant Licensing Board; AND
  • They must apply to renew their personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the licence.

What do I need to do now?

Sit the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders Refresher Course and then send the certificate to the relevant Licensing Board along with the renewal application.

When should I apply for the refresher training?

There will be a high demand for the half-day refresher training as we approach the refresher and renewal deadlines. It is recommended to book a place on the refresher training now to ensure that this is completed ahead of the 5 year refresh deadline and the deadline for submitting renewal applications.

DG Training has course dates available on 24th September, 1st October and 8th October- more course dates will be added throughout the year.


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DG Training offer a wide range of courses to meet legislative requirements in Scottish Licensing, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, Childcare and Health and Social Care.

Highly experienced in the customer service and hospitality industries, our trainers are aware of the high standards expected by today’s customers and how properly trained staff can help businesses achieve these expectations. We offer practical courses in Customer Service and Hospitality Service Skills, all of which can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the company or individual. We also deliver Train the Trainer courses giving you the necessary skills to deliver effective, in-house training to your staff.

DG Training also have certificated online courses in Health and Safety, Food Safety, Childcare, Health and Social Care and Business Skills. These courses enable you to carry out the learning in your own time and at your own pace.

Many of our courses can be fully-funded using ITA Funding.


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To help you meet the requirements of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and The Licensing (Training of Staff) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, we have resources available for you to purchase or download.

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Offering better value for money, our training packages have been carefully selected to meet the needs of our customers.

ITA funding can only be used for one funding opportunity per year. To maximise this opportunity, all our training packages can be fully-funded.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a bespoke training package please contact us.

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