Scottish Personal Licence Refresher Course (SCPLH-R)

 In Scotland, the holder of a personal licence must complete the Scottish Personal Licence Refresher training within 5 years of the date of their personal licence to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime.

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Scottish Personal Licence Refresher Course (SCPLH-R)



Scottish Personal Licence Refresher Course (SCPLH-R)

Scottish law requires a personal licence holder to do a refresher training course within five years of having received the licence, or else their licence gets revoked. The refresher is a ½ day course with an online accredited examination sat at the end with Highfield. Successful completion of this examination leads to the issuance of the Highfield Level 6 Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) certificate. The course needs to be completed before the 5 year deadline comes to an end, and the accredited certificate must be submitted to the relevant licensing authority at least 3 months before the end of the 5 year period. This course can also be used as a refresher.

Licencing councils send out a notification to all personal licence holders 3 months prior to the 5 year deadline, but if you do not receive the reminder, you are not excused from the refresher course requirement. Therefore, it is important that you update the licencing board about any address change within one month of moving. If you want to find out when your personal licence is going to expire, visit and use their online calculator to calculate the expiration date.

If your looking to complete the full Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders SCPLH and not the refresher training , take our Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) Course. 

Did you know: There must be at least one personal licence holder in all the premises with a premises licence where one of their activities include the sale and supply of alcohol.   

  • Ideal for designated premises supervisors and restaurant or bar owners.

  • SCPLH Refresher Training

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders at SCQF Level 6 certificate

After successfully completing the course you will receive an e-certificate that you can download onto your device.

Areas Covered

  • Licencing Law

    Learn the history of licencing law, including the Licencing (Scotland)act 2005, the businesses it affects, the types of licences that are issued under it, the restrictions it imposes on the sale of alcohol, and how much fine can non-compliance cost.

  • Personal Licences

    Learn about the nature and purpose of a personal licence, the application process for acquiring one, the duties of a personal licence holder, and the reasons for suspension or forfeiture of a personal licence.

  • Premises Licences

    Learn when a premise licence is required, who can apply for it, what is the application process, and what are the mandatory conditions for it. Also learn the legal duties of a premises licence holder and the role of the designated premises supervisor.

  • Licenced Hours and Extensions

    Learn what licenced hours are, how much time a customer is allowed to spend drinking, and under what circumstances these hours can change.

  • Control of Order and Police Powers

    Learn how licencing law seeks to control order on and in the vicinity of licenced premises, what kind of power it gives to police to enforce it, what kind of penalties await offenders, and what legal actions can be taken by the police.

  • The Protection of Children and Young Persons

    Learn how to verify age to prevent underage sales and about other age-restricted products.

  • Responsible Alcohol Retailing

    In this topic, you will learn how alcohol strength is measured, what is meant by alcohol free and low alcohol, the effects of alcohol and sensible drinking advice, the duty to refuse the sale of alcohol to a drunk person, the consequences of allowing illegal drug use on licenced premises and what an irresponsible promotion is and the illegality of such promotions.

  • Associated Law

    Learn what areas are covered by the law in regards to licenced premises, including the size and pricing of measures when dispensing alcoholic drinks, presence of SIA licenced door supervisors, smoking, gambling, music, etc.

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The personal license is a license issued by a local council to an individual who has completed the necessary training to ensure they hold all the skills and knowledge required to function effectively while maintaining legal safety standards when working in places such as retail, hospitality or special event industries where the sale of alcohol is taking place.


A Premises License is the license granted by a Licensing Authority to permit licensable activities, such as the sale of alcohol, to take place on-premises. Premises do not have to be a physical building and a Premises License can be granted for moveable structures such as beer tents and burger vans. Licensed premises include restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, hubs, bars, convenience stores, nightclubs, sports clubs, social clubs, premises for entertainment activities and casinos.


After you have done the Personal License training and examination with us, you'll need to apply for your personal license at the local council in your city. You will be required to pay an application fee to your local council. The council will then conduct a complete background check, after checking your qualifications and completing the mandatory background check, the licensing authority will send your Personal License to you.

Learners are required to email just one photographic identity document, common examples of these are: Passport of any nationality - Driving licence photocard of any nationality - Residence permit of any nationality - Valid EU photo ID card. If you don't have any of the above, please contact our office and speak to a member of staff for alternatives.

Yes, our Personal Licence qualification is accepted by all councils in Scotland.

The only prerequisite for this qualification is that you must be at least 18 years of age or older.

Yes, you can. Simply go to the Jobcentre and get them to book the course on your behalf or alternatively, book the course yourself and use the receipt we give you to have the funds reimbursed to you by the Jobcentre.

After successfully completing the course, you will receive an SCQF certificate that you can download and use to apply for a Personal Licence from your local authority.

If you are unsuccessful in passing the exam at the end of this course, you do not have to do the training again and will only need to retake the exam, you can book a resit by calling our office line and speaking to a member of staff.

A Personal Licence is required by anyone authorising the sale of alcohol from a Licensed Premises. All Licensed Premises must have an allocated Personal Licence Holder, known as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). By law, the DPS must authorise every sale of alcohol otherwise selling alcohol can lead to various penalties, including a fine of £20,000 and up to six months of prison time.

Scottish law requires a personal licence holder to do a refresher training within five years of having received the licence, or else their licence gets revoked. The refresher is a ½ day course with an exam at the end. The course needs to be completed before the 5-year deadline comes to an end, and the evidence of the training must be sent to the relevant licensing authority at least 3 months before the end of the 5-year period.

Once you have accessed your course for the first time, you have 1 year to complete it.

Our e-learning is available to use on tablets, PCs, and laptops. All you need is a stable internet connection.

A learning management system or LMS is a software application for the administration, tracking, reporting, automation, and delivery of learning content. It is the system that learners will log into, to access their courses, and administrators will use to manage their learners.

The Tutorak LMS has been created with the needs of a business in mind; it reduces the time and effort required to administer training and features detailed reports on training progress. We have worked in partnership with many businesses and organisations and have gained a unique understanding of the challenges they face while delivering training to a workforce. This has allowed us to create a flexible system which can be modified according to the needs of your company.

When you purchase a course, you receive two emails, a payment receipt and login credentials to access the LMS. You can click on the link provided in the email to go to the login page and enter the provided details to log in to your account.

For the purchase of a single course license, you will be given details to access a learner account, where you can take your course directly. Any purchases above a single course license will automatically generate details for an administrator account for you to manage the learners that will be taking the course.

Why do I need to take the Scottish Personal Licence Refresher Training Course?

Because it is a legal requirement. The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires all personal licence holders to undertake refresher training within 5 years of the issue of their licence.

What is a Scottish Personal Licence?

A Personal Licence allows an individual to supervise, or authorise, the sale of alcohol. It is a mandatory requirement of a Premises Licence that a Premises Manager should be present, and that they should have a valid Personal Licence.

How do I complete the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) course?

There are 2 parts to complete this course. First, you will be enrolled in an e-learning course which you will need to complete for which you will receive a Tutorak e-learning course completion certificate. Then, you will schedule and sit the online accredited examination provided by Highfield to obtain the Highfield Level 6 Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) certificate. Successful completion of both parts is necessary to finish the course and proceed to the licensing authority.