Why Personal Licence Training is important

Why Personal Licence Training is important
The sale of alcohol to a child or young person (that is to say, a person aged under 18) is an offence which may lead to a fine of up to £10,000 and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months. Such a sale could also lead to a Review of the Premises Licence and could result in the Licence being suspended or revoked.

All premises should operate an ‘age verification policy’, the terms of which must require production of an acceptable proof-of-age document if you are in any doubt as to whether a person seeking to buy alcohol is less than 18 years of age.

Only the following documents are acceptable for proof-of-age purposes:
• A passport
• A European Union photocard driving licence
• A proof of age card bearing a PASS hologram

If no such document is produced or if you have a suspicion that the document presented is not genuine, or has been tampered with or has been altered, then you must refuse the sale or refuse to authorise the sale.
To ensure that compliance with the above it is recommended that a suitable training course is obtained.
The British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body (BIIAB) is a specialist provider of qualifications for the licensed retail industry.  They are also the market leading provider of the Award for Personal Licence Holders, the qualification needed in England & Wales to obtain a Personal Licence for the retail sale of alcohol BIIAB qualifications are demanded by the licensed retail industry and recognised by the Police, local authorities, national & local government and others.
The course syllabus has been set by government to enable candidates to understand the law in relation to :
· the roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities within the framework of the licensing objectives
• the application process for a personal licence
the role and legal responsibilities of the personal licence holder, and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
• the premises licence
• the content and purpose of operating schedules
• the role and duties of the designated premises supervisor
• unauthorised and temporary licensable activities
• rights of entry to licensed premises
• police powers with regard 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 human body
• the protection of children from harm
• the responsible retail sale of alcohol.
Most courses are run over one day with the results obtainable the next working day.

Please contact us by email, sally@hillslicensing.co.uk if you need any assistance with any of the matters referred to above.