What is it? Who can take it? How does it work?

The online course is ideal for those with basic computing skills and a smartphone wanting to apply for Personal Licences in Scotland or to refresh their existing Personal Licence..
Learners will receive an E-Learning package covering all subjects including:

  • Scottish Licensing Law including the 5 Licensing Objectives
  • Personal Licences
  • Premises Licences
  • Licensing hours and extensions
  • Control of Order and Police powers
  • Protection of children and young people
  • Units in alcohol and its effect on the body / mind
  • Responsibility in alcohol retailing
  • Associated law

There are questions after each module to keep you focussed. In addition to support your learning Robin Morton Licensing shall bring to the process over 35 years’ experience as a Licensing practitioner and former bar owner by providing our own exercises, quizzes for your benefit.


Following the completion of the E-Learning process and at an agreed time your exam will take place under a procedure called ‘Remote Invigilation’.

To complete the E-Learning examination delegates will be required to log into the Highfield invigilation platform using their unique credentials. The learner will be required to comply with exam conditions using their smartphone and webcam. Setup takes just a few minutes and support is available in getting set up.

What you will need –

  • Isolated area where you won’t be interrupted, eg. empty room with wifi and power points.
  • A computer
  • A webcam (or for example Apple laptops have webcams built in)
  • A smartphone with a camera
  • Identification: Your Passport or Driving Licence


Please phone 07870 590909 or email We’ll register you on the course and invoice you for the fee (£160 – payment by electronic bank transfer please). On payment we’ll get you to complete a registration form and you will be ready to start the training. Please contact us on for more about licensing training services.

As a specialist licensing lawyer of 30 plus years, a bar/restaurant/venue owner of 16 years standing and a Trainer since 2007, Robin feels he has a unique armament at his disposal when training would be Personal Licence Holders and licensing staff.

Robin has chaired prominent Pub Watch groups in Glasgow and has a close working relationship with those running and policing the Licensing regime. He is very happy to share these connections and his experience with his trainees.

Robin trains management of multiple and one unit operators, whether in the on or off sales sector. He is frequently referred clients from the prominent liquor licensing law firms in Glasgow.

Robin runs twice monthly Personal Licence Training Courses in Glasgow City Centre under the auspices of the Highfield Training organisation and is happy to do one to one sessions or tailor made courses to suit.

Here is the info about the courses:

**These face to face courses are currently on hold**

The courses are held at Robin’s training room at Suite 2/8, 2nd Floor, St Georges Building, 5 St Vincent Place, George Square, Glasgow, G1 2DH, located at the junction of Queen Street and St Vincent Place, very near Mitchell Street car park, Buchanan Street Subway/Central, Queen Street railway stations.

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Take lift to 2nd floor, turn left on exit and we are at end of corridor on left.

From 10am to 5pm at the latest.

He also travels to clients’ premises to undertake training. Last year he delivered Personal Licence training to Tom Kitchin’s management in Edinburgh. Deletion here

Please contact us for further information about Full SCPLH Course and Refresher Training fees. Pay in advance. Contact us for payment details.

Robin can also, via his association with Urban Training, offer Food Hygiene training, Fire Risk assessments, First Aid and more.

Refresher Training Information

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 specifies that in Scotland, the holder of a personal licence must undergo refresher training within 5 years of the date of issue of their personal licence to ensure their licence remains valid; and every personal licence holder will be required to produce a certificate to the licensing board that originally issued their personal licence as evidence that they have passed the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) (SCPLHR).

Personal licence holders who obtained their personal licence after 1st September 2009 will have until 5 years prior to its expiry date to complete refresher training, and a further 3 months to notify the board. For example, if a personal licence was issued on 1st June 2012, then the training must be carried out or completed by 31st May 2017 and Notification submitted to the board by 31st August 2017 at the very latest.

If personal licence holders do not submit evidence of passing the SCPLH(R) to their licensing board before the deadline, their personal licences will be revoked.


On each day courses run from 10:00 – 16:00 unless otherwise stated. Email to book or call 07870 590909.

Full Personal Licensing (SCPLH) Training Courses on 13 and 27 February, 12 and 26 March or by arrangement.


On each day courses run from 10:00 – 15:00 unless otherwise stated. Phone 07870 590909 or email to book.

Refresher (SCPLH (Refresher)) Training Courses on 13 and 27 February, 12 and 26 March or by arrangement.


Staff & Age Verification Training is available by special arrangement. Courses are £25 per head, £30 using the excellent Highfield Staff Training workbook which I also sell separately for £10 per copy. Please contact me by email to arrange the classes.


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