Licencing Law for Bar Persons
Licencing Law for Bar Persons

Licencing Law for Bar Persons
Course Summary
The Licencing Law for Bar Persons learning program gives a comprehensive overview of licensing law, describing the main laws for bar persons and new mandatory licensing conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol under licence.
Course Description
Publicans, bartenders, restaurateurs, waiters/waitresses, people who work in supermarkets, people who work in community halls, environmental health officers, HM Revenue & Customs officers, Licensing Authority officers, police officers and anyone working or wanting to work in an industry that involves the sale of alcohol on licensed premises.

Introduction (Licencing Law for Bar Persons - Course 1)
This course gives a comprehensive overview of licensing law, describing the main laws for bar persons and new mandatory licensing conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol under licence. Policing methods such as test purchasing are explained along with a list of banned activities including irresponsible promotions, such as drinking games, alcohol on discount and prizes and rewards. Steps to prevent problems occurring are discussed in detail such as providing free tap water and smaller measures to customers and the importance of putting an age verification policy in place.

To know the mandatory licensing conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol.

Alcohol and Its Effects (Licencing Law for Bar Persons - Course 2)
The greater the amount of alcohol as a percentage of the total volume of a drink, the stronger and more intoxicating the drink. This measurement of alcoholic strength is called 'alcohol by volume' or 'ABV'. Consuming a drink with a high ABV has a greater intoxicating effect. This course discusses the different ABV classifications. The different ways that alcohol affects us is explored. The area of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is examined, including the stages of response to alcohol and how our bodies eliminate alcohol. Ways to protect drinkers from the dangers of drinking too much alcohol are also discussed.

To identify the different alcohol classifications and the effects alcohol can have on the body and be able to assist customers in monitoring their alcoholic intake by calculating the amount of alcohol contained in different drinks.

A Professional Bar Person (Licencing Law for Bar Persons - Course 3)
Licensing law in England and Wales regulates the sale and consumption of alcohol on licensed premises. The legislation covers the responsibilities of those working in such premises with regard to alcohol and its potential effects. In a nutshell, the Licensing Act 2003 attempts to balance new rights and freedoms for licence holders (such as the extension of opening hours) with new powers for the local police and Licensing Authorities. The principle aims of the Act are to control alcohol abuse and to seek to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime. This is due to the effect that alcohol can have on the wider community as a result of public disorder or antisocial behaviour. As a consequence of this, licensees have several social responsibilities, including maintaining good relationships with neighbours, discouraging drinking and driving, being reliable sources of information, discouraging excessive drinking and taking part in Pubwatch schemes. 

To identify the roles and responsibilities of a professional bar person.

Preventing Trouble (Licencing Law for Bar Persons - Course 4)
This course explains how to prevent trouble from taking place on your premises and describes the main ways in which problems can arise. It discusses how to keep a proactive approach, including steps such as getting to know your regular customers, employing door-staff at appropriate times and keeping the pub or bar and outside areas clear of bottles and litter. This course also discusses how to recognise trouble warning signs, such as boisterous behaviour or arguments, along with the three most common trouble hotspots: closing time, drinking games and large groups. The course then explains how best to handle each of these situations and also shows how to spot signs of drug use in pubs and bars. Finally, the course concludes with advice on steps to take if you suspect that drugs are being sold or consumed on your premises.

To recognise signs of impending trouble and to know the proactive steps for preventing trouble in pubs and bars.

Dealing with Incidents (Licencing Law for Bar Persons - Course 5)
Knowing the appropriate way to deal with potential problems can ensure a positive atmosphere within a licensed premises. This course suggests a number of strategies for dealing with incidents that may occur. It is important to be aware that it is an offence to sell alcohol to any person who is under 18 and the acceptable forms of identification that can be checked to ensure a customer meets this legal requirement are examined in this course. However, no matter how many preventative measures you may take, serious incidents may occur within a licensed premises and the procedures for dealing with such situations are discussed, including preventing a person from entering the premises and the role of law enforcement.

To take precautions to prevent incidents occurring in a licensed premises and know how to deal with such situations should they arise.
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