Any business licensed to sell alcohol, including small pubs, retailers, large night clubs, cafés,
restaurants, hotels and sports facilities, is required by law to have at least one personal licence holder. To become a personal licence holder, an individual should obtain a regulated personal licence holders qualification.
A personal licence allows the holder to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol. A personal licence is also needed to apply to become a designated premises supervisor (DPS). Licensed premises can have more than one personal licence holder.

The course woud cover:-

  • 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 licensable activities
  • Permitted 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

Sample Questions:

  1. A personal licence is:
    a) a record of a person’s alcohol licensing experience
    b) granted to an individual by the relevant licensing authority
    c) issued to an individual by local magistrates
    d) an assessment of a person’s ability to operate licensed premises
  2. What does a personal licence allow the holder to do?
    a) Authorise the sale of hot food and drink after 11pm
    b) Consume alcohol whilst on duty in a public house
    c) Sell or authorise the sale of alcohol in accordance with a premises licence
    d) Sell or authorise the sale of alcohol at any time, anywhere in England and Wales
  3. What will cause an application for a personal licence to be rejected by the licensing authority?
    a) Where the applicant is under 18 years old
    b) When an accredited licensing qualification certificate is included
    c) Where the applicant has convictions for speeding
    d) When the applicant has no experience of alcohol retailing