Safe Control of Operations (GB): Course Content


Overview

The SCO training programme has an initial training programme for individuals new to SCO and a renewal training programme for those individuals with existing and current SCO registrations whose registrations are nearing expiry.

Initial training programme

  • Module 1: SCO Core
  • Module 2: Permit to Work
  • Module 3: Non-Routine Operations
  • Module 4: Routine Operations
  • Module 5: Form of Authority

Renewal training programme

  • Module 1: SCO Core
  • Module 2: Permit to Work
  • Module 3: Non-Routine Operations
  • Module 4: Routine Operations
  • Module 5: Form of Authority

The renewal training programme offers the same modules; however, these are a focused refresh of the initial training module and have shorter delivery times. All of the Renewal modules are assessed by MCQ paper only.

More details for each of these training programmes can be found in the sections below.


SCO Initial Training Programme

Module 1: SCO Core

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose, process and main features of the revised SCO procedures
  • Identify the context and scope of SCO
  • State the types of safe systems within the risk hierarchy and risk-based approach to SCO
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of specific individuals within SCO and the importance of communication
  • State the SCO procedures for deviations and emergency situations
  • Identify the requirements for records management, performance review and monitoring, audit and review
  • Identify SCO competency requirements
  • Identify SCO EUSR registration requirements

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course

All individuals must possess the appropriate skills to perform their role. This includes suitable reading and writing abilities.

Assessment

MCQ Paper only

Duration

3.5 hours delivery time

45 minutes assessment time (including marking)

4.0 hours, 15 minutes (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 2: SCO Permit to Work (PtW)

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of a Permit to Work and when this type of control should be used
  • Identify the purpose and the requirements of a risk assessment including those factors to be considered when undertaking a risk assessment
  • Identify, analyse and apply the key information requirements of a PtW
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the planning and execution of a PtW
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the management of a PtW

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course 

All individuals must possess the appropriate skills to perform their role. This includes suitable reading and writing abilities.

All individuals must have completed the SCO Core module

Assessment

CP – MCQ Paper and audit a PtW

AE –  MCQ Paper, audit a PtW and write a PtW

Duration

3.0 hours delivery time

1.5 hours assessment time (including marking)

4.5 hours (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 3: Non-Route Operation (NRO)

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of Non-Routine Operation documentation and when this type of control should be used
  • Identify, analyse and apply the key information requirements on an NRO
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the planning and completion of the NRO form
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the preperation and execution of the NRO
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the management of NRO works

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course 

All individuals must possess the appropriate skills to perform their role. This includes suitable reading and writing abilities.

All individuals must have completed SCO Core and Permit to Work modules

Assessment

MCQ Paper, audit an NRO and write an NRO exercises

Duration

6.0 hours delivery time

4.0 hours assessment time (including marking)

10 hours (total delivery time) delivered over 2 days (day 1 learning and day 2 assessment)

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 4: Routine Operation (RO)

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of Routine Operation documentation and when this type of control should be used
  • Identify and analyse the key information requirements of an RO
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the planning and completion of an RO form
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the preperation and execution of the RO
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the management of RO works

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons for Routine Operations only

Pre-Requisites for Course

All individuals must possess the appropriate skills to perform their role. This includes suitable reading and writing abilities.

All individuals must have completed SCO Core and Permit to Work modules

Assessment

MCQ Paper and audit an RO exercise

Duration

4.0 hours delivery time

1.5 hours assessment time (including marking)

5.5 hours (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 5: Form of Authority (FoA)

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of a Form of Authority and when this type of control should be used
  • Identify and analyse the key information requirements of an FoA
  • State the relevant process, roles and responsibilities for personnel involved in the preperation and management of an FoA
  • Identify specific FoA requirements for communication, handover, records management, attendance on site, conflict checking and dealing with deviations and emergencies

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational and/or minor works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to those who are, or will become:

  • Named Competent Persons for either Permits to Work, Forms of Authority and, where appropriate, Routine Operations

Pre-Requisites for Course

All individuals must possess the appropriate skills to perform their role. This includes suitable reading and writing abilities.

All individuals must have completed SCO Core module

Assessment

MCQ Paper and audit an FoA exercise

Duration

2.5 hours delivery time

1.5 hours assessment time (including marking)

4.0 hours (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


SCO Renewal Training Programme

Module 1: SCO Core Renewal

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • Identify the SCO hierarchy of standards, documents and procedures
  • State the types of safe systems within the risk hierarchy and risk-based approach to SCO
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of specific individuals within SCO and the importance of communication
  • Identify how to monitor risk and manage change
  • State how to manage deviations/emergencies
  • Identify the requirements of records management, performance review and monitoring, audit and review
  • Identify SCO competency requirements
  • Identify SCO EUSR Registration requirements

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course

In order to renew their registration on EUSR using SCO Renewal, individuals must have a relevant, in-date, SCO registration.

SCO 1 and 2 plus GL/6 Update or SCO Core.

Assessment

MCQ Paper only

Duration

1 hour, 15 minutes delivery time

35 minutes assessment time (including marking)

1 hour, 50 minutes (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 2: SCO Permit to Work (PtW) Renewal

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of a Permit to Work and when this type of control should be used
  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment to a PtW
  • Identify the key information and process requirements needed for a PtW
  • State the requirements for managing change in relation to a PtW
  • Identify specific PtW requirements for validity and extension , atmosphere testing, execution, handovers and completion

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course 

In order to renew their registration on EUSR using SCO Renewal, individuals must have a relevant, in-date, SCO registration.

SCO 1 and 2 plus GL/6 Update or

SCO Core and SCO PtW

Assessment

CP – MCQ Paper only

AE –  MCQ Paper only

Duration

1 hour delivery time

35 minutes assessment time (including marking)

1 hour, 35 minutes (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 3: Non-Route Operation (NRO) Renewal

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of Non-Routine Operation (NRO) and identify when this type of control may be used
  • State the process, roles and responsibilities of those involved with an NRO
  • Identify the key information requirements of an NRO
  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment to an NRO
  • Identify specific NRO requirements for AE authorisation, conflict checking, clearance to proceed, handovers, briefings, preliminaries, notifications, execution of works, deviations, permits to work and completion

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

  • Named Authorising Engineers or
  • Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course 

In order to renew their registration on EUSR using SCO Renewal, individuals must have a relevant, in-date, SCO registration.

SCO 1 and 2, SCO 4 plus GL/6 Update or

SCO Core, SCO PtW and SCO NRO

Assessment

MCQ Paper only

Duration

1 hour, 30 minutes delivery time

40 minutes assessment time (including marking)

2 hours, 10 minutes (total delivery time) 

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 4: Routine Operation (RO) Renewal

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of a Routine Operation (RO) and when this type of control may be used
  • State the process, roles and responsibilities of those involved with an RO
  • Identify the key information requirements of an RO
  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment to an RO
  • Identify specific RO requirements for AE authorisation, conflict checking, clearance to proceed, handovers, briefings, preliminaries, execution of works, deviations, permits to work and completion

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to, individuals who are or will become:

Named Authorising Engineers or

Named Competent Persons

Pre-Requisites for Course

In order to renew their registration on EUSR using SCO Renewal, individuals must have a relevant, in-date, SCO registration.

SCO 1 and 2, SCO 5, plus GL/6 Update or

SCO Core, SCO PtW and SCO RO

Assessment

MCQ Paper only

Duration – Full version

1 hour, 30 minutes delivery time

35 minutes assessment time (including marking)

2 hours, 5 minutes (total delivery time) 

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Module 5: Form of Authority (FoA) Renewal

Objectives

On completion of the course, individuals should be able to:

  • State the purpose of a Form of Authority (FoA) and identify when one may be used
  • Identify the key information requirements needed for an FoA
  • Recognise the importance of risk assessment and the management of change to an FoA
  • Identify specific FoA requirements for validity and extension, atmosphere testing, execution, handovers and completion

Target Population

All gas industry personnel involved in operational and/or minor works on the Gas Networks and certain types of Meter Installations including, but not strictly limited to those who are, or will become:

Named Competent Persons for either Permits to Work, Forms of Authority and, where appropriate, Routine Operations

Pre-Requisites for Course

In order to renew their registration on EUSR using SCO Renewal, individuals must have a relevant, in-date, SCO registration.

SCO 1 and 2, plus GL/6 Update or

SCO Core and SCO FoA

Assessment

MCQ Paper only

Duration – Full version

1 hour delivery time

25 minutes assessment time (including marking)

1 hour, 25 minutes (total delivery time)

Number of Trainees per Course 

Maximum number of attendees = 8


Find Out More

If you would like to get trained in this scheme, please see our list of training providers. If you 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: 0121 745 1310 (option 1).