Bar staff and licensees who have achieved the BII's beer and cellar quality award can now use it to count towards other official Government-recognised qualifications.
The award in Beer and Cellar Quality (ABCQ) by the BIIAB — the dedicated awarding body for the licensed retail sector — has now been accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
More than 55,000 people have achieved the award since 2004, which was developed in partnership with Cask Marque and other stakeholders, the award teaches how to store, keep and serve beer.
"The ABCQ has always been highly regarded by the industry and I am delighted that it now has official recognition at a national level," said BIIAB director Cathie Smith.
"It is good news for learners and employers alike and helps to underline the importance that qualifications and professionalism play in licensed hospitality."
The BIIAB Level 2 Award in Beer and Cellar Quality now also forms part of the technical certificate for the new BIIAB Level 2 Apprenticeship for Licensed Hospitality.