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Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd September 2017 Holiday Inn Stoke On Trent, M6, Junction 15, Clayton Road, Newcastle Under Lyme ST5 4DL West Midlands
Members Fee: £160.00 + VAT
Non-Members Fee: £190.00 + VAT




Due to the continued popularity of previous courses we are running the Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification (PLPQ) training course again in September 2017 in the West Midlands. The course will commence on Tuesday 19th September 2017 and finish on Friday 22nd September 2017. This course will be held at the Holiday Inn, Stoke-on-Trent and is a non-residential course. Should delegates require accommodation please contact Holiday Inn Central Reservations 0203 349 9071 and quote (IO2) for the discounted rate of £79.00/night B&B, double room, single occupancy. (This offer expires 28 days prior to the course date).
The West Midlands Region are offering a £100 discount to any WM IoL Member who books all four days.

The training will focus on the practical issues that a licensing practitioner will need to be aware of when dealing with the licensing areas covered during the course (See Agenda for full details).

The training is ideally suited to someone new to licensing, or an experienced licensing practitioner who would like to increase or refresh their knowledge and expertise in any of the subject matters.

The training would be suitable for Council and Police Licensing Officers, Councillors, Lawyers who advise licensing committees, managers of a licensing function and committee services officers.

Each of the four days will finish with a multiple choice exam.

Delegates sitting and passing the exam on all four days will be awarded the IoL accredited Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification. In addition those delegates sitting and passing the exams on less than all four days will be awarded the Licensing Practitioners Qualification related to the specific subject area(s) passed.

The Institute of Licensing accredits this course at 4.5 hours daily CPD.

Quotes from previous course attendees:-

"I recently attended the four day PLPQ. The course was very useful to me and I would not hesitate to recommend the course to others". Wajed Iqbal - Licensing Officer, South Ribble Borough Council.
"I attended the PLPQ course in Birmingham and really enjoyed the experience. The training material was very detailed and the delivery from the trainers was at a pace that was easy to follow for relative beginners to the role like me. It was a bonus that all trainers were very approachable and happy to answer any queries in breaks. It gives an excellent opportunity to get your head around the finer details of Licensing work away from the constant interruptions in the workplace. Highly recommended.” Alan Weldon, Senior EHO (Licensing), Sedgemoor District Council.
Course Objectives
To advance or refresh the knowledge, understanding and practical expertise of delegates attending the courses in relation to the licensing topics covered on each of the four days.

The Programme
Delegates can attend all four days or any combination of the four days (single day bookings are limited).

Day 1 - 19th September 2017 - Gamblling Act - Trainer David Lucas, Fraser Brown Solicitors
Day 2 - 20th September 2017 - Licensing Act - Trainer Jim Hunter
Day 3 - 21st September 2017 - Street Trading, Sex Establishments & Scrap Metal - Trainer Jim Hunter
Day 4 - 22nd September 2017 - Taxis - Trainer James Button, James Button & Co
Please click on the paperclip below for the full day by day agenda.
You will see from the options below, that delegates can attend as a day delegate on a single day to all four days or as a residential delegate staying in the hotel on single days or multiple days. Select which apply to you to view the fees involved.

To get an idea of fees, please use the fee calculator below. Please note that this is a simulation, if you wish to actually book the course please click on the book button. Programme:*


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Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification Attachments

Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification Day by Day Agenda (SoT).pdf

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Event Trainer

James Button
Jim Button is a solicitor and runs his own niche practice, James Button & Co., Solicitors, specialising in licensing (including Taxis, Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005 etc.), environmental health, public health, criminal investigations and prosecutions and human rights.
As a former local authority solicitor (articled at South Tyneside MBC, and then Manchester City Council) hze has a wealth of experience advising and representing Councils, as well as the licensed trades.
He is a well-known speaker and trainer in his areas of expertise, and is the author of “Button on Taxis: Licensing Law and Practice” (1999, Bloomsbury Professional), as well as the author and contributor to other publications. He is a Consulting Editor for “Licensing Review” and writes regularly for the “Journal of Licensing”.
In 1996 Jim was a Founder Member of the Local Government Licensing Forum, and was Chair from its creation until 2003, when it became the Institute of Licensing. He was Chair of the Institute until 2004 when he became President. In 2012 he was honoured by the Institute when he was made a Companion.
Jim Button was an excellent trainer. The content was delivered in an enthusiastic and informative way. I would have no hesitation as to recommend Jim as a trainer
Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter started in Local Authority Licensing in 1993 at Luton Borough Council, after 10 years as a Police Officer in the Royal Air Force and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Jim moved from Luton to the London Borough of Barnet before moving to Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) as Licensing Manager. Jim left TDBC in 2008 as the Operations Manager in charge of Licensing, Health and Safety and Food Safety.
In 2008 Jim was appointed as the Training and Qualifications Officer for the IoL. In 2014 Jim left the IoL and now works as a licensing trainer.
As ex Council Officer as opposed to a lawyer Jim focuses his training delivery on the practical methods for dealing with licensing related subjects. Jim has delivered training in nearly every county in England and Wales as well as training in Northern Ireland. Jim's approach is based on his own reluctance to attend training courses, therefore the training is interactive, humorous where possible and uses real examples to explain issues.
I recently attended the four day PLPQ course. Jim was an excellent trainer. Clearly very knowledgeable. The course was very useful to me and I would not hesitate to recommend the course to others.
David Lucas
David is Partner and Head of the Licensing Team at Fraser Brown Solicitors. David trained at Nottingham City Council, joining private practice in 1981 and concentrating solely on licensing in 1996. David advises and represents national and local operators of alcohol and gambling premises, Licensing Authorities, Police Authorities and Interested Parties throughout England and Wales.
David is Chair of the IoL East Midlands Region.
I recently attended the Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification, David made a daunting subject enjoyable and I felt I achieved a good understanding of the subject.


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