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British Institue of Innkeeping Accreditation Board

Advanced Qualifications Diploma in Licensed Retailing

The Advanced Qualifications Diploma in Licensed Retailing is the Institute's highest accolade. It is designed to examine what changes candidates have made to their business as a result of attending Advanced Qualification courses.

To achieve the Diploma candidates must provide evidence that they have put into practice the lessons learned on each course and the difference that this has made to the performance of their business.

What are the pre-course requirements?

In order to enrol on the Advanced Qualifications Diploma, candidates must have gained certificates for five Advanced Qualifications (AQs) – two compulsory AQs and three optional AQs (at least one from Group A and at least one from Group B. These are shown below:

Compulsory AQs:

  • Licensed Retail Business Development Certificate
  • Licensed Retail Financial Management Certificate

Optional AQs:

Group A

  • Customer Service Management Certificate
  • Leadership and Motivation Certificate
  • Licensed Retail Practical Trainer Certificate

Group B:

  • Licensed Retail Catering Management Certificate
  • Licensed Retail Cellar & Beer Quality Management Certificate
  • Wine Retail Certificate
  • Spirit Retail Certificate


How will the Advanced Qualifications Diploma be Assessed?

Each candidate must complete a detailed portfolio of evidence - which is expected to take candidates approximately 3 months to complete (working on a part-time/home study basis).

What support material is available?

Candidates receive a comprehensive workbook, which gives guidance on how to complete their portfolio.

What does a candidate receive on successful assessment?

The Advanced Qualifications Diploma in Licensed Retailing, a national qualification awarded by the BIIAB.

Who is this qualification suitable for?

Experienced licensees/Managers/Tenants




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