Holders of personal alcohol licences in Perth and Kinross are being reminded by the area’s Licensing Board that they are required to undertake refresher training.
Personal licences last for 10 years, however, licence holders must take a refresher course every five years. The Perth & Kinross Licensing Board is currently in the process of contacting the relevant licence holders regarding this requirement, which must be arranged with a recognised trainer and completed by 1st September 2014.
The course to be undertaken is the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6, which is not the same as the course current licence holders will have sat some time ago to allow them to apply for a personal licence.
Once licensees have taken and passed their course, they are being asked to send back to the Board a completed application form by no later than 1st December 2014. This form should be submitted together with relevant documentation (a copy of their refresher training certificate and their original personal licence) to Perth & Kinross Licensing Board, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH for updating and return to them. Any change of name or address should also be included on the application form and official proof of name change provided.
Perth and Kinross Licensing Board will only be dealing with the licence holders to which it issued the original personal licence. Where the original personal licence was issued by another Licensing Board, that Board should be contacted.
There will be no charge for updating a personal licence unless the licence holder has lost or misplaced their original licence. Should this occur, licence holders are being asked to complete the declaration on the application form and additionally to provide two passport-sized photographs as outlined in the form, and a fee of £10.
Convener of Perth & Kinross Licensing Board, Councillor Henry Anderson said: “We are presently contacting local personal licence holders to remind them of their responsibilities regarding refresher training. It is vital that licensees ensure they have completed this training as not doing so will result in their licence being revoked and they will not be able to apply for a new personal licence for five years. This clearly will impact on their future involvement in the sale of alcohol and on the local licensed trade sector.
If they are also a designated premises manager on a premises licence, they will have to give up that role. Another premises manager will have to be substituted on the premises licence as soon as possible, otherwise the business will not be able to continue allowing the sale or consumption of alcohol on the premises concerned. If, however, licence holders have already completed refresher training and provided the Board with the necessary paperwork, there is nothing further for them to do.”
Personal licence holders who have any queries about the refresher training requirement are advised to contact the Licensing team at their earliest opportunity by calling 01738 475167 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org