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Personal Licence Refresher Training

Personal Licences are issued by West Lothian Licensing Board for a period of 10 years. However, in terms of Section 87 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, there is a legal requirement for personal licence holders to undertake refresher training and pass an exam to obtain a refresher training certificate within five years of the date of issue of their personal licence.

West Lothian Licensing Board will send a letter to all personal licence holders to notify them of their requirements to complete the refresher training. It is important if you have changed your name or address that you notify the Board within 30 days of any of these changes.

It is essential that you comply with these requirements should you wish to continue to hold your personal licence beyond the statutory deadline for you to produce evidence of your training to the Licensing Board.

If personal licence holders do not refresh their personal licence holder training within the specified period, the Board must revoke the personal licence. The consequences of the revocation could include the premises licence holder being no longer permitted to sell alcohol on their premises, unless appropriate steps are taken to name an alternative personal licence holder as the designated premises manager. In addition, personal licence holders, who have their licences revoked, will no longer be allowed to authorise sales of alcohol or conduct the mandatory staff training.

If you are in any doubt how to calculate the statutory deadlines involved in undertaking and passing the training and then producing evidence of the completed refresher training to the Licensing Board, you should take advice from a licensing solicitor immediately.

At the end of the second 5 year period from when your licence was granted you will need to undertake further refresher training and renew your licence, please see our Renewing Your Personal Licence webpage.