Plant for Utilities Scheme (PLUS)


About the Scheme

The Plant for Utilities Scheme (PLUS) is a training and assessment scheme specifically designed for plant equipment operators within the energy and utility sector.

Developed with employers and key stakeholders, PLUS recognises the knowledge and skills required to operate plant equipment within the utilities sector – which can be very different from the construction sector.

The scheme is based around a common PLUS standard for all plant machinery with equipment-specific additional standards for each type of plant.

There are currently 12 types of plant in the PLUS scheme:

  • 360 Excavator
  • Abrasive Cutting Equipment
  • Agricultural Tracker
  • Backhoe Loader
  • Bulldozer
  • Counter-Balance Forklift Truck
  • Dump Truck
  • Forward Tipping Dumper
  • Material Handler
  • Mini Digger
  • Telescopic Handler
  • Wheeled Loader

Registration on EUSR

Registration is based on successful completion of a training programme and assessment. Training is delivered through a network of Energy & Utility Skills approved trainers and they all deliver the same training programme and assessment.

EUSR registration for PLUS is for five years from the date of assessment.


Find Out More

If you would like to get trained in this scheme, please see our guidance for finding a training provider. If you are a trainer and would like to deliver this scheme, please see our guidance in the Approval and Delivery section.

If you have any queries relating to EUSR or the evidence requirements for any of our schemes or programmes, please contact the EUSR Support team. We are available Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm via email eusr@euskills.co.uk or tel: 0845 077 99 22.