Personal licence holder training

Anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol on a licensed premise in England and Wales must hold a personal licence by law. A personal licence enables you and other staff members to make sales of alcohol.

To be issued with a personal licence you must meet the following:

  • You're aged 18 or over.
  • You don't have any current relevant criminal convictions.
  • You need to have gained a recognised Personal Licence holder’s qualification.

You can't be issued with a personal licence unless you have a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH). Luckily for you we now provide APLH training! 

What is the APLH?

The APLH is the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders.

Who needs the APLH?

Applicants for a personal licence must submit to the appropriate Local Authority Licensing Authority (England and Wales) a number of things to support their application, including proof that they hold a government approved licensing qualification such as the APLH.

Our training for APLH

Each class lasts a full day (usually from 9.30am to 4.30pm) and involves a training session, followed by a 40 minute multiple-choice exam. The session covers the syllabus set by the Awarding Body, helping you to understand the law in relation to:

  • The roles, responsibilities and functions of council licensing authorities within the framework of the licensing objectives
  • Responsible retail sale of alcohol
  • Application process for a personal licence
  • Role and responsibilities of the personal licence holder
  • Penalties for failing to comply with the law
  • The premises licence
  • Role and responsibilities of council licensing authority
  • Role and responsibilities of the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
  • Unauthorised and temporary licensable activities
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • Police powers in relation 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 body
  • Protection of children from harm

Book onto the course

To find out when the next course is operating please email with your name and daytime telephone number.