SCPLH (Scotland) Course, Exam & Personal Licence Application Combined

You can’t apply for a personal licence in Scotland without acquiring your SCPLH qualification.

Through John Gaunt & Partners, both your Personal Licence and your SCPLH can be gained through this combined SCPLH Course, Exam, and Personal Licence application course.

If you are concerned about time and wish to acquire Personal Licences rapidly, do not worry. John Gaunt & Partners are one of the largest licensing solicitors in the UK, and can help you get qualified quickly and easily.

Course Fee: £290.00 +VAT (Per Person)

Course Fee: £290.00 +VAT (Per Person) for the combined SCPLH Course, Exam and Personal Licence.

This SCPLH course is fully online, and as such can be taken from any location, and at your own pace. As the course progresses, a member of the John Gaunt & Partners team will schedule a BIIAB-accredited examination session. This exam session will be arranged at a time that is convenient for you.

The SCPLH course covers:

  • The functions, responsibilities and roles that Licensing Boards and Licensing Standards Officers undertake
  • The Personal Licence application process
  • The legal responsibilities and role of the Personal Licence holder, and penalties that come with a failure to comply with the law
  • The application process for premises and occasional licences, mandatory and discretionary conditions
  • The protection of children from harm
  • The content and purpose of an operating schedule and risk assessment
  • Drunkenness and disorderly behaviour
  • Licensed hours
  • Control of order
  • The responsible retail sale of alcohol
  • Unauthorised licensable activities
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • The strengths of alcoholic drinks and the effects of alcohol on the human body

All training materials will be provided in advance for the course, as well as all course requirements. 

The SCPLH examination is a multiple-choice test that is to be completed within the 40-minute timeframe. The exam is undertaken completely online through the BIIAB exam portal and Microsoft Teams.

In taking the SCPLH combined course, we will also aid you in applying for your Personal Licence, too, ensuring a speedy completion.

As a part of the Personal Licence application process, we will also apply for a DBS check on your behalf. Following the completion of the DBS check, we will submit all the required documents to the local authority for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a Scottish Personal Licence?

The steps and requirements to getting your Scottish Personal Licence include:

  1. You must be 18 years old, or older.
  2. You must not already hold a Personal Licence.
  3. You must not have had a Personal Licence revoked within the last 5 years.
  4. You must have a licensing qualification, such as the SCPLH qualification.
  5. You must pass a DBS check as part of your Personal Licence application.
  6. You must complete your application and hand over all relevant documents to your local authority for processing.

How long does it take to complete the SCPLH?

This fully online course can be completed in your own time, and will most likely take approximately 6 hours.

A syllabus handbook is also provided to anyone taking the SCPLH or APLH courses, which offers a deeper understanding of the course and concepts.

How much does a personal licence cost in Scotland?

The combined SCPLH and Personal Licence package costs £338.00, which includes the £50 Personal Licence application fee. The DBS Check is performed by the Licensing Board, and costs for that are included within the £50 Personal Licence application fee.

How long does it take to get a personal licence in Scotland?

It may take up to 3 weeks to receive your Personal Licence after application submission. Before you begin your application, you should consider completing your DBS check at the same time as your SCPLH exam, as both the check and qualification may take up to 10 days to come back to you. 

The SCPLH course itself takes 6 hours to complete, so could feasibly be completed within a single day.

Does a personal licence holder have to be on-site at all times in Scotland?

No, a Personal Licence holder does not need to be on-site at all times, but must be easily contactable. This is because, during the Premises Licence process, a Personal Licence holder will be specified as the Designated Premises Manager. 

This DPM is responsible for authorising or refusing the sale of alcohol. In Scotland, alcohol may only be sold by persons who have completed the mandatory 2-hour training.

How long does a Scottish Personal licence last?

Scottish Personal Licences has a 10-year lifespan, unless the Personal Licence holder has their licence revoked or forfeited. When that 10-year lifespan comes to an end, the licence holder must renew their licence if they still wish to hold it.

Scottish licence holders must also undertake refresher training after 5 years, and notify the licensing board. If you are coming up to your renewal or refresher training, be sure to visit our Personal Licence Renewal and Refresher course page today.

What is the pass mark for a Scottish Personal licence?

To pass the SCPLH exam and move on to apply for their Personal Licence, a score of at least 28 out of 40 is required.

What is a Scottish Personal Licence?

A Scottish Personal Licence is a licence required alongside the Premises Licence to allow for the retail sale of alcohol on a premises in Scotland. If you wish to work as the Designated Premises Supervisor within a premises, you must hold a Personal Licence.

Are there different types of applications?

Where Scottish Personal Licence applications are concerned, there are two licence applications:

New licence application - This is to acquire a new licence through the Scottish Licensing Board. Your licence will be granted upon completion and processing of your application.

Licence renewal - If your licence is due to expire, you can fill out the Personal Licence renewal application, which upon completion and processing will see your licence extended.

How much is the application fee for a Scottish Personal Licence?

The cost of the Personal Licence application in Scotland is currently £50.

What happens when my application has been granted?

Upon your application being granted, you will receive a letter that confirms as such. You will also receive your Personal Licence information within that letter.

What happens if my application is refused?

If your application is refused, you will receive a letter that confirms your refusal.

You may wish to appeal your refusal. You have the right to do this, and we recommend you reach out to a licensing expert such as John Gaunt and Partners to give you the best possible chance of your appeal being successful.

Will I be refused because I have certain convictions or driving offences?

Each application is considered on its own merit, and as such you may or may not have your application refused based on certain convictions.

If you believe that your licence has been refused unfairly based upon certain convictions, speak to the John Gaunt & Partners team, who can represent your appeal.

My Scottish personal licence was revoked, how long before I can apply for a new licence?

If your licence was revoked under section 87(3) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 200 because you did not undertake the required refresher training within the prescribed period, you may apply for a new Personal Licence at any time.

You must wait a minimum of 5 years if your licence was revoked for any other reason.

What does a ‘relevant offence’ include?

Relevant offences include:

  • Violent or sexual offences
  • Firearms offences
  • Drug offences
  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Inciting, counselling or procuring any relevant offence
  • Any offence that resulted in imprisonment

Contact our Team to discuss your SCPLH qualification and Personal Licence

For more information on the SCPLH qualification and Scottish Personal Licence, view our page on How to get a Personal Licence in Scotland today. 

If you would like to complete the combined SCPLH and Personal Licence course, exam and application with John Gaunt & Partners, fill out the contact form on your right.

To speak to a member of the John Gaunt & Partners team, contact us by phone, email or our contact form.

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