Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

This qualification has been developed to address the needs of individuals and businesses involved in the retail sale of alcohol.  The Licensing Act 2003 made it a requirement that all sales of alcohol by retail are made by or authorised by the holder of a Personal Licence, which may be granted by Local Government to the holder of a recognised qualification.  The HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders is accredited by OFQUAL and approved by the Home Office and meets the requirements of the 2003 Licensing Act.

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£150 .00 per candidate. The fee includes, tuition, learning materials, examination, tea/coffee.Emergency courses can be arranged at short notice for one or two delegates at a cost of £250 per candidate.

Who needs this qualification?

Anyone who is responsible for the day-to-day running of a business involved in the retail sale of alcohol.  Retail businesses usually find it beneficial to have one or more assistants qualified to hold a Personal Licence, as a mark of due diligence.

All such sales may only take place from suitably licensed premises, where one Personal Licence Holder is named as the Designated Premises Supervisor.

Typical environments may include:

  • pubs, hotels, restaurants;
  • proprietary clubs;
  • supermarkets and retail environments;
  • internet and mail order businesses
  • any other person or business engaged in selling alcohol to members of the public

Why is this training important?

No retail sale of alcohol may take place without the authorisation of the holder of a personal licence and from suitably licensed premises.


Duration: One-day programme

Assessment: 40-question multiple choice examination (pass mark is 28)

Ofqual Accredited: Yes

Ofqual qualification reference:

Licensing - 500/9974/7

Prerequisite: None


AS&A have written a course, presented through PowerPoint, which covers the information needed to successfully sit the NCPLH.