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PLH Online launch Scottish Personal Licence Holder exams in electronic format with the help of SQA and Pearson Vue test centres


PLH Online launch Personal Licence Holder exams in electronic format with the help of SQA and Pearson Vue test centres

Online training company PLH Online have teamed up with Pearson VUE test centres and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to deliver the Scottish Personal Licence Holder exam in a secure electronic environment.

PLH Online launched a pioneering e-learning solution to Personal Licence Holder training in April 2009, and since then have provided a huge number of employers and individuals across Scotland with a welcome solution to their licensing training needs.

PLH Online enables users to achieve full certification in accordance with the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 or the Licensing (England and Wales) Act 2003. The modules are fully approved by SQA who are accredited to award the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Off-Sales and On-Sales) and the QCF Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders.

SQA Head of Business Development & Customer Support, Alasdair MacRae said, “SQA are delighted to be working with PLH Online to deliver our Personal Licence Holder qualifications through their innovative e-learning system. This will provide flexibility and choice for our candidates in when and where they undertake the course, benefits which are key in this busy and diverse industry.”

Pearson VUE are the world’s leading computer-based testing company and have the largest network of owned test centres in the UK. Pearson VUE provide learners with a secure testing environment and are conveniently located throughout the UK. 80% of the population (either at home or work) are no more than 20 miles away from their nearest test centre.

PLH Online has been developed in association with Montpeliers (Edinburgh) Ltd. who have extensive knowledge of training in the UK licensed trade, and helps managers become qualified personal licence holders quickly and conveniently. The training can be purchased and used instantly online and used at a time and a place to suit.

Director Karen Calvert explains “We are extremely pleased with the success of our Personal Licence Holder training so far. We have attracted customers from a wide range of businesses across the industry and from all parts of the country. It is proving to be a very cost effective and practical training solution, and the feedback on the quality and content of the course itself is fantastic. We are also appealing to a wide range of age groups proving that e-learning is for everybody.”

The training modules - which have been in development for over two years - have been tailored for both on and off-sales operators in Scotland.PLH Online are now set to launch the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders in England and Wales in April.

The benefits:

PLH Online reduces training costs, minimises staff shortages and eliminates travel expenses associated with conventional training.

PLH Online helps employees learn in a more efficient way. Easy-to-follow online modules guide users through the relevant licensing information in a clear and concise manner.

The modules have been designed in an interactive, imaginative and interesting way with the use of videos and voice overs to engage with and retain the learners’ interest throughout.

Some learners who may be intimidated by classroom style training find it a much more appealing and rewarding way to get their PLH qualification, as they can work through the information at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home.

PLH Online costs £125 + vat per person which includes access to the online training module for a 7 day period, an SQA handbook, the exam plus one free resit, an SQA certificated qualification.

The company behind PLH Online - Flow Hospitality Training - also deliver another hospitality training package called Flow, which consists of 10 online modules covering all elements of staff training from serving coffee, wine and cocktails to customer service.

One of Flow modules, Licensing and Social Responsibility, has been specifically created to fulfill the staff training requirement of the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005, offering an effective and convenient way for employers to ensure their business are fully compliant with licensing regulation and their staff are well trained, knowledgeable and confident.

Notes for Editors

About Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is the national awarding and accreditation body in Scotland.

SQA works in partnership with schools, colleges, universities and industry to provide high quality, flexible and relevant qualifications and assessments - embedding industry standards where appropriate. We strive to ensure that SQA qualifications are inclusive, accessible to all, that they provide clear progression pathways, facilitate lifelong learning and recognise candidate achievement.

There are approximately 1,470 centres approved to offer our range of qualifications.

Our qualifications include:

National Qualifications (including Standard Grade and National Units and Courses at Access, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher levels)
Skills for Work Courses
Professional Development Awards
National Progression Awards
National Certificates
Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNC/HND)
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
Customised Awards

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About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programmes around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centres in 165 countries.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group


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