Industry sector: Leisure

Night club: Training

Where is training available from

Contact the following organisations for information about training that is available:

  • local business support organisations, including your local council
  • the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)
  • the Security Industry Authority (SIA)

Training courses are available in a wide range of topics of relevance to the licensed trade.

British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) qualifications

Under British licensing laws all applicants for a personal licence must hold an accredited qualification from an approved training provider. The British Institute of Innkeeping's awarding body, the BIIAB, is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and offers the Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification which meets this requirement. The BIIAB also offers the Award in Door Supervision. This is a nationally recognised qualification which enables door supervisors to apply for a licence from the Security Industry Authority

The BII also offers a range of other qualifications for licensees and managers and a range of qualifications for licensees in Scotland has also been developed. The BIIAB website contains details of approved centres around the country which offer BII qualifications.

Hospitality Ulster

In Northern Ireland Hospitality Ulster runs a series of 'knowledge events' for managers and workers in pubs and clubs and has also developed partnerships with training providers who offer a wide range of relevant training courses. You can find out more on their website.


Learndirect is a free service which can advise on training and personnel development. It can provide details of qualifications and skills relevant to your type of business, give you an outline of appropriate training courses and advise where to go for such training in your area. Visit the Learndirect website or telephone 0800 101 901

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides background information and job profiles for a very wide range of careers and helps users to find details of skills requirements, relevant occupational training courses and available qualifications. Visit their website to find out more.