Reducing harm caused by alcohol

Licensing training

We offer a range of courses for those involved in the regulation of licensing to meet the requirements of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

To book any of our training courses please fill in this form and return to training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

If you have any problems, or are looking for more information please call 0141 572 6700 or email training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk

Please note, from 1 January 2022 AFS no longer run Personal License Holder training. Find a training provider in your area.

Licensing Board Members Training 2022

AFS will be opening bookings for Licensing Board Member Training on 6th January 2022 ahead of a peak year of training due to the local elections in May. 

All training and assessments will be delivered online.

The cost of Licensing Board Member training for 2022 is £1400 for up to 15 people. We are offering an early bird discount of £1,260 for bookings taken before 11th February 2022.

We look forward to delivering the revised Licensing Board Member course with licensing boards across the country in 2022.

Please contact training@alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk for more details.

About Licensing Board Members training

This is a mandatory qualification for Licensing Board members elected by their local Council. It may be useful for other people involved in the licensing process, such as Licensing Board administration staff, lawyers or police.

  • No entrance requirements
  • 1 day course with pre-course and follow-up home study
  • Course content is specified by the Scottish Government and covers an introduction to licensing, responsible operation of licensed premises, the effect of irresponsible operation on society and health
  • 40 question multiple choice assessment completed virtually, beyond the the training session, awarded by Alcohol Focus Scotland and accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority for the purposes of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • The Alcohol Focus Scotland publication "Licensing Board Members Guidebook" will be issued to candidates electronically for pre-course reading

All licensing board members are required to complete one day training and pass an exam within three months of being elected to a licensing board. Following the local government elections, we trained over 500 Councillors who were joining their local licensing board.

Licensing Board Members Training Evaluation 2017 (pdf)

Our trainer was brilliant at explaining everything to us. I enjoyed the day and feel like I now have a sound understanding of the role and responsibilities of the licensing board.

Licensing Standards Officers training

This is a mandatory qualification for Licensing Standards Officers employed by their local Council. It may be useful for other people involved in monitoring licensed premises such as Licensing Board administration staff.

  • No entrance requirements
  • 3 day course with pre-course reading.
  • Course content is specified by the Scottish Government and covers an introduction to licensing, responsible operation of licensed premises and the effect of irresponsible operation on society and health
  • 50 question multiple choice assessment completed at the end of the training session, awarded by Alcohol Focus Scotland and accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority for the purposes of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005
  • The Alcohol Focus Scotland publication "Licensing Board Members Guidebook", the City & Guilds publication "Personal Licence Holder's Guide" plus extra information is issued to candidates for pre-course reading and is included in the price.

Cost: £550 per person

Dates: Three day course

Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 March 2022

Time: 09.30 to 16.30

Location: Online

Very informative. I am confident that I will be able to apply everything I have learned. Comprehensive yet relaxed.

 

Staff training

Workbook for staff of licensed premises

The City & Guilds Workbook for Staff of Licensed Premises is an ideal tool for personal licence holders to provide the 2 hours minimum training to all of their staff required by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. 

If you wish to order workbooks please complete our Licensing Material Order Form and email it to us.

On receipt of your order we will send you a 'quote' showing total charges for goods and postag along with payment instructions.

In line with current Scottish Government advice, our staff team are working remotely. We regret, therefore, that we are unable to guarantee timescales for delivery.

Online course

ServeWise Online Responsible Service of Alcohol course for Staff Working in Scottish Licensed Premises.

This course meets the requirement for staff training under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. It is overseen by a trainer and offers online support. The online course can be completed in one or more sessions, at a time and place to suit the candidate. The course costs £35 per person.