DON'T LOSE YOUR LICENCE - REFRESH YOURSELF NOW
The 2005 Licensing Act stipulated that although a Personal Licence was valid for 10 years, the licence holder would have to complete refresher training at the 5 year period to ensure their Personal Licence remained valid.
The impact of this is now being felt across Scotland. All personal licences issued during the original transition period (February 2008 to August 2009) are considered to have been issued on 1st September 2009. The 5 year period, therefore, expires on 31st August 2014.
This means that PLHs must fully complete refresher training, pass the test and have their award certificates by 31st August 2014.
It is crucial to understand that Boards are bound by law to revoke licences if award certificates are dated after 31st August. When a licence is revoked the person concerned will be prevented from obtaining another personal licence for a period of 5 years. To ensure this does not happen, the award certificate cannot be dated after 31st August 2014.
The training certificate is not the licence - the certificate has to be sent to the Licensing Board to enable them to update the Personal Licence. Note that each Board may have different requirements - please contact your local Board before you send your documentation. Boards have a 3 month period between September 1st and November 30th which allows them time to process applications and issue an updated licence.
There are many training providers in Scotland, the key thing to look out for is that the provider is accredited by one of the 4 recognised awarding bodies in Scotland. These are:
Apply for training early in case a second attempt is required. The key message is do it early to avoid not just disappointment but a major impact on your business. Please also see the People 1st PLH website