National Certificate for Licensees – Drug Awareness (NCL-DA)

How long is the course?


1 day (09.30 - 17.00). The examination takes place at 16.00 on the day of the course.


Where and when are the courses run?


We run group courses (min. 5 candidates) for clients throughout the UK, either at the client’s own workplace or at one of our established Training Centres.


‘In-house’ courses are run at the convenience of our clients, including weekends where required.


How do I book?


For group bookings please complete our Booking Enquiry Form or call us on 0845 602 55 95 (low call rate) / 01784 434 392 to book over the telephone.


How much does it cost?


£150.00 + vat per candidate; all inclusive of course handbook, course materials, tuition, examination & certification. There are No Hidden Extras; everything is covered by the course fee.


We provide tea, coffee and water during the course, candidates must provide their own lunch.


Where we are training at a client’s premises, we are required to register the training facility with the BIIAB in order to meet our quality assurance standards. We complete this process at no additional cost to the client.


What is the BIIAB Level 2 National Certificate for Licensees – Drugs Awareness (NCLDA)?


The National Certificate for Licensees - Drugs Awareness is designed to allow professionals working within the Licensed Retail Sector to recognise and respond to the problems faced by the possession, use and dealing of illegal drugs.


By understanding legislation in relation to the use of illegal drugs on licensed premises, it also allows Personal Licence holders and premises licence holders to protect their premises by enforcing a zero tolerance policy, implementing effective prevention strategies and promoting the licensing objective of ‘Preventing Crime & Disorder’.


The course provides not only the latest information and trends in the 'drugs scene', but it uncovers the myths and uncomfortable truths that surround the drugs culture and allows businesses to genuinely strive towards a drug free environment.


Who should attend this course?


The course is designed to be effective for candidates working in licensed premises of all different types; from clubs to pubs, theatres to hotels, both in urban and country areas.


It is well documented that illegal drug problems are not limited to any one area or one type of premises. Employees across all forms of licensed premises benefit significantly from training; it improves the level of vigilance and discourages drugs users and dealers promoting their activities in your premises.


The course is effective for personal licence holders, designated premises supervisors, bar supervisors, door supervisors and other front-line staff. Having an integrated training strategy in dealing with illegal drugs allows you to provide a more secure working environment, which in turn leads to a more profitable business.

What does the course cover?


The law and trends relating to illegal drugs • Drug related legislation • Drug problems particular to licensed premises • Operational guidelines for devising a drugs strategy • Keeping drugs out of licensed premises • Public safety issues where drug misuse occurs on licensed premises and guidelines for dealing with drug dealers •


What is the outcome of the course?


Candidates will be able to identify the most common illegal drugs as well as drug paraphernalia and drug litter. This will allow them to monitor drug use and recognise the scale of any problem they may have. The proactive strategies they gain will allow them to reduce and ultimately eliminate any drug use on their premises.


On successfully obtaining the National Certificate for Licensees - Drugs Awareness, candidates will receive a certificate from the BIIAB. The course will provide them not only with a nationally recognised qualification but also with the skills and knowledge to work towards a drug free workplace.


How is the course assessed?


The course is assessed via a short 25 minute, 30 question multiple-choice examination; candidates must achieve 24/30 in their examination in order to pass and to be awarded their certificate.


Once completed, examination papers are returned to the BIIAB to be marked. The BIIAB allow themselves five working days to communicate the results to us; although to date the longest notification time has been 48 hours. We aim to inform candidates of their results by phone or by email the same day.


Certificates are sent to us from the BIIAB within 10 working days of the results notification; although this is usually done within 5 working days. We aim to forward these by first class post to our clients, within 24 hours of them being received by us.


Who accredits the course?


The course is accredited by the BIIAB. Beyond The Blue is a ‘Grade 1 BIIAB centre’ approved to administer BIIAB training and examinations.


The BIIAB Level 2 National Certificate for Licensees - Drug Awareness is endorsed by the government and is accredited by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) as a level 2 qualification. Level 2 means it is a qualification which supports employment progression.


The qualification counts towards other BIIAB qualification schemes.


Why choose Beyond The Blue as your training provider?


Beyond The Blue is a ‘BIIAB Grade 1’ Training Centre (The BIIAB describe Grade 1 as ‘demonstrating outstanding quality procedures’); we have exceptionally high pass rates for all our BIIAB accredited courses. In 2009 across the whole portfolio of BIIAB courses, only 3 candidates failed their examinations after attending training with Beyond The Blue.

Our success is measured in the success of those people we train, we are focussed on providing excellence in customer service both pre and post training.


For more reasons why you should choose Beyond The Blue as your training provider please visit the Why Choose Us page and read what our clients say about us on our Testimonials page.


Additional information


The National Certificate for Licensees – Drug Awareness (NCL-DA) course handbook is sent to each candidate when they register on the course to enable them to complete 'open learning' prior to training. 'Open learning' consists of candidates reading through the course handbook prior to attending the course.


Our courses are designed to be interactive and to take a full part in the course candidates should be familiar with the content of the course handbook; this also results in better examination results as exams are based on this content.


To complement our professional training and the course handbook, we provide candidates attending our courses with a selection of comprehensive course hand-outs, sample workplace policies, useful signs and training aids which they can use in their place of work. These come together to form a training folder candidates can refer back to, in order to refresh their skills and knowledge.


Our trainers use various training aids to help candidates to identify and recognise illegal drugs and drug litter. This includes the use of our Drug Box which provides candidates with an effective visual representation of all the common illegal drugs they are likely to encounter in the process of their work.


We also run bespoke Drugs Awareness courses for clients who have identified a particular training need. This allows us to design a course to reflect the client’s specific working environment, based on a ‘training needs analysis’ we carry out for the client.


Candidates are required to provide a form(s) of identity in order to sit the examination. For a full list of acceptable forms of identity please download Examination Identity Requirements (pdf document).