Covered in this course

Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 The Licensing Act and its aims
  2. 2 Age Verification Process
  3. 3 Best Practice Working
A selection of drinks on a bar - Bar Staff Training
Looking at The Licensing Act as part of our Bar Staff Training programme

The Licensing Act has four aims. Organisations which sell alcohol have a responsibility to uphold these aims. Here we look at what these aims are and suggest a variety of ways to achieve them.

Image of a blackboard showing the REACT technique, something used by many staff working in licensed premises to calm people down.

All places that sell alcohol must, by law, have an age verification process. It's a mandatory licensing condition.  It's about asking for ID, knowing what ID is acceptable and being able to recognise fake ID. And it's about having the confidence to refuse to serve someone.

Diagram showing units of alcohol as part of Bar Staff Training.

This section explains the mandatory licensing conditions. It looks at ILLEGAL activities, such as smoking on the premises and drugs on the premises. It explains right of entry. It looks at how alcohol may affect customers and suggests ways to promote responsible drinking. 

About this course

Alcohol can be a big problem - It's responsible for thousands of accidents and incidents every year in the UK - road accidents, violent crimes, acts of domestic violence and accidents both at home and at work; and it's responsible for a fifth of all suicides.

It's clear why the sale and supply of alcohol must be controlled and why alcohol licensing laws are necessary.

This course is for anyone who sells or serves alcohol. This could be from licensed premises, club premises or at temporary events. It's all about staying within the law when selling or serving alcohol.

It looks at public safety, protecting children and it covers the importance of preventing crime, violence, disorder and nuisance behaviour. It also includes a step-by-step guide on checking identification.

Minimise the likelihood of incidents happening in your licensed premises, keep your employees safe and make sure they are equipped with the knowledge to effectively deal with any incidents that might occur as a result of alcohol or drug use with iHASCO's Bar Staff Training programme.  

People working in licensed premises may also find our drug and alcohol awareness training useful. 

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Bar Staff Training (Working in Licensed Premises)

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Bar Staff Training (Working in Licensed Premises)

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Bar Staff Training (Working in Licensed Premises) course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Bar Staff Training (Working in Licensed Premises) Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

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Working in Licensed Premises Certificate

22 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5

Good to refresh

Easy to follow , informative and consise

Very useful to understand our legal obligations , even is we do not own a licensed premises. Perhaps more people should be aware of a licensee`s responsabilities.

Good course

Straight forward and well explained

Very interesting and informative.

Very interesting and informative. I gained knowledge of working in a licences premises which I was not aware of. The course also took some knowledge that I already have and confirmed it to be true. Overall the course is very Informative and detailed it covers a load of knowledge which is helpful while working in this particular environment.


Helpful course however would be easier if the clips were longer but fewer.

Very good

I found the course most interesting and learned a lot that i did not know .

great course

I have worked in the licensed industry as a door supervisor for over 35 years and an sia trainer this course is perfect refresher for everyone have a go trust me....

Essential for those who are out of date

I am a former license committee member and went through many training courses and sat on the bench for a number of years. This course has been a much needed advancement especially where ID is concerned.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Licensing Act 2003 has four aims. Organisations which sell alcohol have a responsibility to uphold these aims.

The four aims are:

  • To prevent crime and disorder
  • To promote public safety
  • To prevent public nuisance
  • To protect children from harm

Unaccompanied children prohibited from certain premises

(1) A person to whom subsection (3) applies commits an offence if—

(a) Knowing that relevant premises are within subsection (4), he allows an unaccompanied child to be on the premises at a time when they are open for the purposes of being used for the supply of alcohol for consumption there, or

(b) He allows an unaccompanied child to be on relevant premises at a time between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. when the premises are open for the purposes of being used for the supply of alcohol for consumption there.

The Licensing Act 2003 (Children and alcohol)

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