Basic Staff Training in Scotland

Scottish Bar Staff

Scottish Staff Training

Al staff working behind a bar or sales counter require a minimum level of training that satisfies the Scottish Licensing Act (2005).

This training must include 16 units from the Licensing Act 2005:


The legal basis of the requirement for the training of staff under paragraph 6 of schedule 3 to the Act.

The licensing objectives.

The definition of “alcohol” in the Act.What constitutes an unlicensed activity or sale.

The functions of Licensing Standards Officers, including their powers of entry.

The Function of an Operating Plan within the Licensing System.

The different types of premises licence conditions under section 27 of the Act.

Special provision for clubs under section 125 of the Act.Licensed hours under Part 5 of the Act.

Offences Under the Act, particularly those involving persons under the age of 18.

Proof of age under sections 102 and 108 of the Act and the Sale of Alcohol to Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Regulations 2007(a).

Test purchasing of alcohol under section 105(2) of the Act.

Best practice as regards standards of service and refusing service.

Units of alcohol and the relationship between units and the strength of different alcoholic drinks.

The sensible drinking limits for males and females recommended by the British Medical Association.

Good practice in managing conflict situations.

SCLPS e-learning

SCLPS e-learning


Scottish Certificate for Licensed Premises Staff: e-learning course

The Scottish Certificate for Licensed Premises Staff (SCLPS) e-learning course is an accessible and interactive way of completing basic staff training. Training and examination is completed online and a certificate of qualification sent to your address.

Click to access the SCLPS e-learning course.

The Premises Manager

In practice any premises retailing alcohol to members of the general public should have one person nominated as the premises manager. This person should be the holder of a personal licence and take over all responsibility for the licensed premises. All other members of staff involved in the sale of alcohol (whether paid or unpaid) are required under paragraph 6 of schedule 3 of the new Scottish licensing act 2005, to undertake a minimum of 2 hours formal staff training on the new laws for Scotland.

A record of staff training on licensing law must be kept at the licensed premises by the Premises Manager. Failure to keep a record is an offence under the Act.

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