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This is a one day course aimed at anyone who wishes to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol, specifically those who work in licensed premises or any venue or site where alcohol is sold, for drinking on or off the premises. Put simply, the candidate must pass the APLH course before applying for their Personal Licence.

Full joining instructions will be sent by email and the BIIAB handbook by post when the booking is received (please allow for weekends and Bank Holidays when the office is closed). Our course start and finish times vary, but most start at 9am and finish around 4.30pm – however please refer to your joining instructions when you receive them for exact timings.

The Standard Course includes:

  • Tuition
  • Exam
  • Handbook

The Premium Option includes


  • Mock Exam
  • Pre/Post Tuition
  • Re-sit of the exam at no extra cost
  • Tuition
  • Exam
  • Handbook


The law states anyone wishing to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol must hold a ‘Personal Licence’ which is issued by their local authority. It is a requirement that anyone requiring this must have gained an Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification (APLH) before applying to sell alcohol. Put simply, the candidate must pass the APLH course before applying for their Personal Licence.

What does the course consist of?

The responsible retail sale of alcohol
The role and legal responsibilities of the personal licence holder and the penalties relating to failure to comply with the law
The roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities within the framework of the licensing objectives
Unauthorised and temporary licensable activities
The application process for a personal licence
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 premises licence
The content and purpose of operating schedules
The role and duties of the designated premises supervisor

APLH Level 2 Award Assessment Method

The personal licence training course examination is in the form of a multiple-choice exam with 40 questions, 28 of which must be answered correctly to pass.

What will I receive after the course?

Learners who attend the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) will receive a certificate through our awarding body, the British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body (BIIAB).

Does the certificate have an expiry date?

The APLH certificate currently has no expiry date. The Personal Licence courses are the first stage in the process.

What do I need to do to get my personal licence?

After passing the exam you then need to make an application to your local council. An application must also be made for a DBS certificate. Once issued, the Licence will last indefinitely, with no need to renew.

Alternatively, Knight Training provide a fast track service using our team of experts who regularly deal with all of the local authorities meaning we are able to process your applications in a professional and speedy manner saving you time and money.