LICENSEES in Scotland risk losing the right to sell booze if they don’t sign up now for the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders Refresher (SCPLHR) course.


The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that all personal licence holders must undergo refresher training no later than five years after their licence was issued.


The deadline for anyone who obtained their licence on or before September 1st 2009 to undertake refresher training is 1st December 2014 and anyone who misses this deadline will have their licence revoked with no appeal and no opportunity to re-apply for a personal licence for five years.


In a bid to provide Scottish licensees with access to the qualification at the first available opportunity, the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) has been working with training centres in Scotland throughout July to ensure they are fully prepared to provide the new course from its launch date on August 1st 2013.


BII and BIIAB CEO Tim Hulme told Asian Trader: “Failure to meet the deadline would have disastrous consequences for individuals and businesses, as once a licence is revoked, you can no longer be named as premises manager and alcohol sales at the premises where you work must stop immediately until a new manager can be found.


“All of our registered training centres are ready to provide the qualification and we urge licensees to act now. This is far too important to leave until the last minute.”