The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 states that anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public must have a personal licence.

An applicant for a personal licence must prove to the local Licensing Board that he or she holds a licensing qualification that meets the specification of the Scottish Government.

The BIIAB SCPLH is approved by the Scottish Government, accredited by the SQA (regulatory) and fully satisfies these legal requirements.

Inn Confidence provides classes for the BIIAB SCPLH at a number of locations across Scotland. Each class lasts one-day (typically 9.30am to 4.30pm), involves a thorough training session delivered by an approved trainer and is followed by the 40-minute multiple-choice exam.

For examples of specimen exam questions for the SCPLH see our DOWNLOADS page.

The BIIAB SCPLH covers the syllabus set by the Scottish Government to enable candidates to understand the law in relation to :

  • The roles, responsibilities and functions of Licensing Boards and Licensing Standards Officers
  • The application process for a personal licence
  • The application process for premises and occasional licences, mandatory & 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 of alcohol
  • The roles and responsibilities of the personal licence holder and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
  • Unauthorised licensable activities
  • Rights of entry to licensed premises
  • The strengths of alcoholic drinks and the effects of alcohol on the human body