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British Institue of Innkeeping Accreditation Board

Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing


What is the BIIAB Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing?

BIIAB, the dedicated awarding body for the licensed retail sector, has developed the BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing to meet industry-wide training requirements to demonstrate commitment to responsible alcohol retailing.

This qualification provides essential knowledge and understanding of the responsibilities of alcohol retailers authorized by a personal license holder to sell alcohol. It will enable those who complete the qualification to act within the law to support the designated premises supervisor to retail alcohol responsibly on their licensed premises.

The BIIAB Level 1 Award in responsible Alcohol Retailing provides additional protection to licensed premises operators and candidates alike as it contains 3 mandatory questions that ensure that every candidate fully understands the legislation concerning underage sales, serving persons who are drunk and the licensing objectives.

What does the qualification cover?

BIIAB Qualification The nature of alcohol and the effect that it has on the human body
BIIAB Qualification The main issues in the 2003 Licensing Act as they relate to alcohol retailers and servers
BIIAB Qualification Licensing law in relation to the protection of children from harm
BIIAB Qualification The social responsibilities relating to the retail sale of alcohol
BIIAB Qualification How to recognise drunkenness, and your duty not to serve drunk customers
BIIAB Qualification Appropriate strategies that can be adopted to prevent or eliminate alcohol-related crime and conflict and the importance of personal safety

Who is the Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing for?

The BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing is designed for anyone who works on licensed retail premises who is, or likely to be, involved in the sale of alcohol including

BIIAB Qualification bar staff
BIIAB Qualification supermarket cashiers
BIIAB Qualification waiters/waitresses
BIIAB Qualification licensed shop cashiers

in any licensed premises including:

BIIAB Qualification pubs
BIIAB Qualification bars
BIIAB Qualification hotels
BIIAB Qualification restaurants
BIIAB Qualification licensed shops
BIIAB Qualification supermarkets
BIIAB Qualification convenience stores
BIIAB Qualification licensed retail stores
BIIAB Qualification sports and social clubs
BIIAB Qualification entertainment venues
BIIAB Qualification nightclubs
BIIAB Qualification leisure parks
BIIAB Qualification casinos

And any other premises where alcohol is sold

How is the qualification delivered?

The BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing has been designed to be delivered in less than a day and includes a short multiple-choice examination. A comprehensive handbook, presented in an easy-to-follow format, supports the qualification and covers all the information required to complete the examination.

The examination consists of 25 multiple-choice questions, three of which are compulsory. To pass the examination candidates must answer the three compulsory questions in section one correctly and 14 out of 22 in section two correctly.

The training and examination for this qualification is available in two ways:

  • candidates can attend a training course at one of the BIIAB approved centres, followed by a paper-based examination.




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