PLH uncertainty continues

THE lack of clarity over training requirements to renew personal licences continues, with the Scottish Government still unable to confirm whether personal licence holders (PLHs) will be required to undertake SCPLH refresher training or the full course – and whether current SCPLH qualifications will be valid for renewals as SLTN went to press.

Thousands of PLHs who require to renew their personal licences by September 1, 2019 must submit an application and training certificate between September 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. But, with a year to go until the application deadline, there remains uncertainty over what is required.

As reported in the last issue of SLTN (April 24), licensing lawyers and training providers have hit out at the Scottish Government for not yet clarifying the renewal requirements.

When contacted by SLTN last week, a spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “We are at an advanced stage in discussions with a preferred supplier to review and update the relevant personal licence holder qualifications, and once the contract is finalised this will be announced. We are also about to issue a short review of the implications for boards and the trade of the upcoming renewal and refresher courses, and will seek stakeholder views and input on this.”