Safe Control of Operations (GB)

About the Scheme

Safe Control of Operations (GB) – SCO (GB) – provides a framework to support safe and legally compliant working practices on gas networks in both routine (RO) and non-routine operations (NRO). This scheme enables individuals employed by the gas distribution networks to become a named Competent Person (CP) or an Authorising Engineer (AE) for both Permits to Work and Forms of Authority, depending on their role in their employing organisation.

The SCO (GB) registration categories are as follows:

  • SCO 1 & 2: Competent Persons (RO) Team Leader
  • SCO 1 & 2: Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NRO Supervisory level)
  • SCO 4: Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NRO)
  • SCO 4 & 5: Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (NRO)
  • SCO 5: Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons (RO)

The employing organisation’s Responsible Engineers decides the individual role (e.g. Authorising Engineer) and work type (e.g. Network >2bar -7bar) is correctly identified. For example, an individual may have a role as an Authorising Engineer for Permits to Work and Routine Operations but limited to Competent Person for Non Routine Operations, in which case they would be expected to complete SCO 1 & 2 Authorising Engineers and Competent Persons plus SCO 4 & 5 AEs and CPs.

Registration on EUSR

Each registration category for SCO (GB) registration is valid for 5 years. For re-registration on EUSR, individuals must be re-assessed to ensure that they have maintained their specific knowledge in areas such as “Permits to Work” as well as kept up-to-date on underpinning knowledge in areas such as new policy and legislation. Evidence is required for verification by EUSR that the individual has completed the relevant training and assessment for the registration category.

The reassessment method varies dependent upon which network is being worked on. Please contact the appropriate Network Controller for futher information.

SCO (GB) registration does not confirm competence to carry out a task or particular role. It is designed to provide evidence that an individual has attended the relevant training course and demonstrated an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness.

Given the complex nature of SCO (GB), the full range of information cannot be detailed on the EUSR card – the need to check with the network controller is included within the detail on the card.

Registration Renewal

Re-registration on EUSR for SCO is paper-based and a Re-registration Form and appropriate evidence must be submitted to EUSR Support, Friars Gate, 1011 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4BN.

Please see our Payment Guidelines on the payment methods available

To purchase a SCO Registration Renewal please click here.

CITB Short Course

Energy & Utility Skills is a recognised Third Party Organisation (TPO) for CITB and the UK construction industry. This scheme is recognised by CITB for short course duration funding purposes and can be offered by ATOs. To find out more about CITB short course duration grants, click here.

Find Out More

If you would like to get trained in this scheme, please use our scheme search to find a trainer. If you are a trainer and would like to deliver this scheme, please see our guidance on delivering passport schemes.

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 or tel: 0121 745 1310 (option 1).