We passionately believe that knowledge and skills empower people and businesses to grow, develop and achieve.
Who We Are
CPL Training is an international training company and the biggest provider of personal licence training in the UK. We work closely with leading awarding bodies and together we have developed a range of qualifications for the licensed retail, hospitality, security and care sectors.
Over 30,000 people a year undergo face-to-face training with us, and 1.2 million e-learning courses are taken online. Our customers range from individuals who want to improve their knowledge and skills, to corporate customers both large and small.
Our vision is to become a broad-based, global education solutions provider.
Our mission is to break down barriers to learning, howsoever they may arise, helping individuals and organisations to grow, develop and realise their potential. We shall accomplish our mission and realise our vision by developing our blended learning approach and by designing and delivering courses and qualifications that are relevant, up-to-date and accessible. We shall invest in technology and infrastructure, recruit the brightest and the best talent, focus on innovation and invest in our people.
How It All Began
The business was formed in 1991 by Daniel Davies and Paul Chase. Initially the activity of the business was to provide a weekend training course for new licensees needing a short course on licensing and compliance and a basic understanding of pub commercials.
The big change for the business came with the publication in 2000 of the Labour Government’s White Paper ‘Time for Reform’, which proposed a radical reform of licensing law. Among the changes was the introduction of a mandatory, nationally recognised qualification for licensees – the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH). This was to be a legal requirement for those applying for the new ‘personal licence’ required to authorise alcohol sales. As a result of this CPL Training engaged with a qualifications awarding body, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board (LCCIEB) to develop this qualification. We went on to develop seven qualifications with LCCIEB, and its successor company Education Development International, all of which were taken into national qualification frameworks in England and Wales and in Scotland.
From January 2005 CPL Training rapidly expanded its network of training course venues to meet demand for the new APLH. Scotland also reformed its licensing system, introducing a similar training requirement to England and Wales – the SCPLH. We started offering this in 2008. It was a period of rapid expansion and growth for the company.
In 2010 we created a new division, CPL Online, having decided to expand our training activities beyond face-to-face training and into e-learning available online. This has become a phenomenal success and we have a portfolio of over 40 courses used widely throughout our chosen sectors. The CPL Online division of our business has also expanded into software development. We are now the leading provider of e-learning to the licensed retail sector and count amongst our clients some of the biggest names in licensed retail and in the care sector.