Training, Skills And Qualifications For Running A Pub

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Written by: Pub Partners Team
Date added: Wed, 14/11/2018 - 10:00

You don’t have to have run a pub before to be a successful pub licensee, in fact many of our pub tenants come from very different walks of life. However, there are skills and qualifications you need; some might come from your current job (transferrable skills), others you can get by attending training courses.

Greene King runs award winning training courses that provide pub licensees and their staff with all the skills and qualifications needed to run a pub. These range from compulsory training for new licensees, to advanced courses for tenants who want additional skills. We also have lots of advice and support available to help you get the skills you need.

Below are some of the resources available for new and existing licensees:

Training Support And Advice For Pub Licensees

What experience do you need? While you don’t have to have a degree to run a pub, you may have past experience and skills that can make a huge difference to your success. For an insight into what those might be, and where you can acquire new skills, read our blog post called Do You Need Experience Of Running A Pub Before Taking On A Pub Tenancy?

‘Must have’ skills, and ‘nice to haves’ – here’s a checklist of the skills successful pub licensees all share. Are you a good communicator? Do you have business acumen? All these skills and more are needed if you want to run a successful pub. Tick off the skills you have on this checklist.

Learn the basics – there are a number of essential qualifications you need before you can open the doors of your pub. To find out more about what they are, including the statutory British Institute of Inn Keeping Pre-Entry Awareness Training (PEAT), we have a useful article that outlines all the basic training and qualifications you need. Click here to read it.

Training your pub staff – it’s not just you that needs the right skills to run a pub! Your staff do too, even if they’ve got experience from working in other pubs. In this article we share advice for recruiting new staff and also ensuring they get the right training, click here to learn more.

Front of house skills – one of the most important skills your front of house team need is great customer service skills. However that’s not all. There are other essential skills they, and you need, to ensure your business runs smoothly. In this guest post from High Speed Learning, they share their top three essential skills and why - 3 Essential Skills That Make Your Front Of House Staff The Best Around

Support Becoming a Multi-Site Pub Operator – if you’re thinking about running more than one pub, you will need a very specific skillset. You’ll need to be able to oversee all your sites, manage a larger team, and also understand if the conditions are right for to take on another site. To get started, click here and read this post which explores what you get out of attending a Multi-Site Pub Operator course.

Download our training guide for more information about the courses we run – Greene King Training Guide. You can book a course by calling 01284 714375, emailing or by booking online here.

Our training courses are not just for Greene King licensees either, you can attend many of our courses whether you have a pub with another PubCo or haven’t yet found the pub of your dreams. Get in touch for more details.