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Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders

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You can still gain your personal licence with ABV.

In light of the on-going situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to postpone our face-to-face courses. However, you can still complete your training and gain your qualification with a fully online experience. Choose your course from the selection below, and we will do the rest.

Important Information

In light of the current advice from the government regarding the on-going situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to postpone our face-to-face courses and exams. We have put measures in place to ensure you can still successfully complete your personal licence training and gain the qualification.

As the UK’s largest provider of personal licence training, we are here to support you through this process during this challenging time.

Find out how you can still gain your qualification below.

Course Overview

The 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.

How to complete the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) qualification

Step 1: Book onto our online e-learning course and receive the SCPLH e-learning course to complete. Learners will also receive a handbook to help with learning the course content.

Step 2: After completing the e-learning course, you will then complete your exam via a web portal which will be recorded via a web camera. All information for how you can take your e-assessment will be provided


Important Information

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.

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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


For the e-assessment delegates will be required to log into the digital invigilation platform using their unique credentials. The learner will be required to comply with exam conditions using their smartphone and webcam. Setup takes just 5 minutes and support is available in getting set up.

What you’ll need

  • Isolated area where you won’t be interrupted
  • Computer
  • Webcam
  • Smartphone
  • Identification

Other Course Options

abv Training are known for their first-rate service in helping you gain your personal licence in Scotland. Usually we offer two ways to complete the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders course:

Face-to-Face: abv training usually provide scheduled SCPLH courses in five locations across Scotland. Learners will complete a full day’s training, which usually run from 9am – 5pm, with an hour break. The multiple-choice 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 chosen 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.

When these options are available, you simply choose ‘book now’ and choose the type of course, location and date. Once you have booked a confirmation with all the information you need is sent and you receive a course handbook, which is included in the cost.

In-Company Courses

We also usually provide In Company Courses. If you have eight or more learners, we will happily come to you to train your team. For more information or to inquire about a personalised quote for the future please complete our request a call back form and a member of the team will get back in touch.

Abv training looks forward to once again providing a range of ways for you to complete your SCPLH Personal Licence Course, and we will endeavour to keep our clients and potential customers up-to-date about any changes to the courses we can offer as the situation develops.

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