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British Institue of Innkeeping Accreditation Board

Induction Examination Certificate

The Induction Examination Certificate (IC) is a qualification designed to cover all the subject areas that licensees or management need to be aware of in running on-licensed premises. The qualification also includes the National Certificate for Licensees (On Licence)which is designed to meet the training and qualification criteria defined by Licensing Magistrates.

The Induction Certificate has two parts:

Part One comprises eight units:

  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Employment Law
  • The Drink Service
  • Cellar Management
  • Catering
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service

Part Two comprises:

  1. Either: the National Certificate for Licensees (NCL)which is designed to meet training and qualification criteria defined by Licensing Magistrates in England and Wales.
  2. Or the Scottish Licensee's Certificate (SLC- all other licences) which is recognised by licensing boards in Scotland as evidence of the applicant's knowledge and understanding of licensing law and the social responsibilities associated with running licensed premises.

For further information about the NLC and SLC please return to the main qualifications menu.

How is it assessed?

Both parts of the IC are assessed by short examinations which use multiple choice questions and are closed book.

How long is the course leading to the examination?

The course comprises three days of training.

These can be delivered separately or consecutively depending on the preference of candidate/deliverer.

What support material is available?

Comprehensive support material is made available to BIIAB approved centres.

What does a candidate receive on successful assessment?

2 Nationally recognised qualifications awarded on successful completion; an Induction Examination Certificate and a National Licensee's Certificate.

The NLC is recognised by licensing benches as evidence of the applicant's knowledge and understanding of licensing law and the socail responsibilities assocaiated with running on-licensed premises.


The Induction Examination Certificate units are expanded into comprehensive qualifications in the Advanced Qualifications portfolio.

Who is this qualification suitable for?

New entrants or those currently working in licensed retail premises




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