Published on 23rd June 2020

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Following a temporary suspension of training services as a result of Covid19 restrictions, the council’s licensing team is pleased to report that they can once again offer their award winning Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) training.

With support from the awarding body, the team can now offer learners the choice of a full home learning option with remote invigilation for when they are ready to take the multiple choice exam.  The new online learning option provides learners with the option to learn and take the exam at their own pace and from the safety of their own homes.

The Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders training is a statutory requirement for all personal licence holders working in the licensed sector such as pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels. 

The Prime Minister announced on the 23 June further easing of Covid19 restrictions including the reopening of other licensed venues such as pubs, restaurants, hotels and cinemas.  The introduction of the new online learning option will provide an opportunity for licensed venues and owner to train new and existing staff in preparation for their reopening.

The licensing training is delivered by Cheltenham Borough Council licensing officers who are able to bring a unique perspective and insight to licensing training, being able to draw on their regulatory knowledge and understanding of the licensed trade.

The training is fully accredited through Highfield Qualifications and recognised anywhere in England and Wales.

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said:  ‘’Once again, we are pleased to be in a position to offer award winning training, with plenty of opportunities for people to carry out the training safely and at their own pace, from home.’’

You can book on via our dedicated training website or if you have any questions about our training services or would like to discuss your training needs, please contact the team.


In 2019 Cheltenham Borough Council’s licensing department was the winner of the APSE Certificate of Excellence award for its commercialisation work including the APLH training.


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