Check your licence!
That’s the message from East Ayrshire Licensing Board who are reminding holders of Personal Licences of the requirement to undertake refresher training or face having their licences revoked.
The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires holders of Personal Licences to undertake refresher training with an accredited organisation every five years from the date of the grant of the Personal Licence. They must then produce evidence of that training to the Licensing Board within three months of the expiry of that five year period.
Stuart McCall, Depute Clerk to the Licensing Board, said: “Due to the strict deadlines, we’re urging all personal licence holders who’ve had their licences granted on or before 1 September 2009 to make sure they’ve had the refresher training before 1 September 2014. They must complete the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6 Course and submit the Certificate to the Licensing Board together with their Personal Licence by 1 December 2014.
“It’s crucial that Personal Licence holders do this because under licensing laws failure to comply within the deadlines means licences are revoked and the holder is then disqualified from reapplying for a further 5 years. Potentially this could have a serious effect on the licensed trade if Personal licence holders miss the deadlines, particularly if the Personal Licence Holder is a designated Premises Manager.
“Obviously we don’t want anyone to be put in this situation so anyone unsure of their position are urged to contact our Licensing team who will be happy to help with any queries.”