Safety, Health & Environmental Awareness Schemes Overview

COVID-19 Update

We extended all SHEA EUSR registrations due to expire between 27 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 by three months (for example, a registration expiring on 12 April now expires on 11 July).

All SHEA Waste and Resources Management, SHEA SWITCH and SHEA Cross-Country Pipelines have been extended to 31 August 2020.  This further extension is in place to allow employers – and individuals – time to arrange their SHEA renewal training.  The start of the renewal registration will be backdated to the expiry date of the original registration.

We have also implemented remote training delivery for our SHEA schemes, which has proved to be successful – social distancing, travel restrictions and working from home all making it more difficult to deliver face to face training.

From 1 July 2020, a new SHEA EUSR registration renewal route is available.  We have worked with employers and training professionals to develop a new half-day training programme – see further down this page for more information.

With EUSR Registration ID cards being delivered to offices and so many closed there may be delays in cards getting to individuals.  We encourage all employers and individuals to use EUSR, our online register ( to check SHEA registrations for the period of the pandemic.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact EUSR Support, Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 5.00pm, email or call us on 0121 745 1310 (option 1). 

About SHEA

A SHEA EUSR registration gives confidence there is the required knowledge and understanding to work safely in an operational environment.  The training embeds best practice in health and safety and environmental awareness and supports the HSE’s essential principles for good health and safety performance.

Our SHEA schemes are developed in collaboration with employers and key stakeholders from across the industries in our sector so the content is relevant – all helping to improve the safety of the workforce and reduce costs associated with injury, illness or accidents.

The industry specific content, sometimes called ‘contextualisation’, makes our SHEA schemes 100% relatable – it’s easier to understand the relevance to the day job – again supporting a safer workplace.

Quality Assurance

All Trainers delivering SHEA schemes must be approved by us and have appropriate and recent industry experience and competence – as well as training, assessment and health and safety qualifications.  Our ongoing quality assurance, through monitoring and audits, ensures high quality training, a positive learning experience with reliable and consistent learning outcomes.

EUSR Registration

Completing a SHEA training programme and assessment results in an EUSR registration, for three or five years depending on the SHEA scheme.

Registration on EUSR reduces duplication of training for individuals who work from more than one location – saving them, and their employers, time and money.

CSCS Partner Card

We are a recognised third-party awarding organisation with CITB, and our SHEA training and assessments are mapped to the standards for the CITB Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment – meaning all SHEA schemes have CSCS Partner Card status.

The CSCS Logo gives individuals access to CSCS controlled operational sites for utilities work.

The EUSR ID card carries the CSCS Logo which reduces the need for individuals to carry more than one card.

For SHEA to retain CSCS Partner Card status, our training programme and assessment must comply with their assessment requirements.  This includes making sure all SHEA assessment criteria are mapped to the CITB Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

It is also a mandatory requirement that all SHEA assessments are invigilated.  Invigilation mitigates the risk of identify fraud, cheating or collusion and helps maintain the integrity and value of a CSCS Partner Card and SHEA to employers.

Industry Specific

At the heart of each SHEA scheme sits ‘SHEA Core’ which is non-industry specific and includes the following modules:

Module 1           Understanding our workplace responsibilities

Module 2           Understanding the effects of our work on the environment

Module 3           Identifying and controlling risks

Module 4           Common hazards in the workplace

Module 5           Occupational health hazards

Module 6           Responding to emergencies


Contextualised to your Industry

Each scheme consists of core modules plus contextualised industry specific modules:

Scheme Industry Contextualised Modules
SHEA Gas Highway Working and Excavations, Pressure Regulating Installations, Safety in Premises
SHEA PowerPower Industry Hazards
SHEA Waste & Resource Management and SHEA SWITCHWaste Collection and Transfer
SHEA Cross-Country Pipelines (CCP) The Cross-Country Environment, Cross-Country Pipeline Hazards, Traffic Management
SHEA TelecommunicationsHighway Working and Excavations
SHEA WaterSewerage Network and Process Operations, Highway Working and Excavations

SHEA Mapped

We know that some organisations carry out their own health and safety training, sometimes as part of an induction for new employees or maybe when an employee moves to a more operational role.  If this is the case, the content of these internal training programmes can be mapped to our SHEA standards, ‘SHEA Mapped’.

An individual successfully completing a SHEA Mapped training programme gains a SHEA registration on EUSR.


It is a mandatory requirement for SHEA Mapped training programmes to use SHEA assessments.

SHEA assessments and answers can be downloaded from our online registration system, QuartzWeb, up to 72 hours before the assessment date.

SHEA assessments are multiple choice and structured so that there is an assessment per module.  They can be taken one module at a time, or all together at the same time. An answer sheet can also be downloaded which you can photocopy as required.

Reminder: It is a specific condition for all CSCS Partner Card Schemes that assessments are invigilated. Invigilation of assessments will ensure the results are authentic and reliable, and mitigate the risk of identity fraud, cheating or collusion.

Additional SHEA EUSR Registrations

For those that already have a SHEA registration on EUSR, and require registration for an additional SHEA scheme, this can be done quite easily.

All SHEA schemes contain the same SHEA core content, SHEA Core, which means the current SHEA registration can be used as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL).  This means no duplicate learning or assessment already covered.

Historically this was called ‘Conversion’ because some of the modules of the current SHEA registration is ‘converted’ into a new SHEA registration.

There are some rules for using RPL in SHEA – there must already be a current and valid SHEA EUSR registration in order to take the Additional SHEA modules towards a further SHEA registration.  The start date of the further SHEA registration will be backdated to the start date of the current SHEA; this is important as this aligns the timing of the SHEA Core renewal modules.

For example:

I have SHEA Water registration with a start date of 3 May 2019 and expiry date of 2 May 2022.

Because I have already covered the SHEA Core content in my SHEA Water training, I am able to use RPL to obtain my SHEA Gas – I will only have to take the Additional modules.  The new SHEA Gas has a start date of 3 May 2019 and an expiry date of 2 May 2024.

When I come to renew my SHEA Water registration, I take the SHEA Water Renewal half-day training programme and assessment.

When I come to renew my SHEA Gas, because I hold a valid SHEA Water registration, I only need to take the Additional Renewal modules for Gas – because the SHEA Core content has already been covered in the Shea Water registration training and assessment, I am able to use this as RPL and only take the Additional Renewal modules for SHEA Gas.


SHEA Renewal

For the renewal of a SHEA EUSR registration, there are several routes:

DurationTraining Delivery & Assessment Method
Full DayFace to face in a classroom
Full DayRemote training delivery via an e-classroom using virtual conferencing
Half Day*Face to face in a classroom
Half Day*Remote training delivery via an e-classroom using virtual conferencing
Half Day*e-learning and e-assessment

*currently excludes SHEA Waste & Resource Management, SHEA SWITCH and SHEA Cross-Country Pipelines

The half-day and e-Learning renewal routes to EUSR registration are not available for those without a current SHEA registration.

The renewal routes above are available for the following SHEA schemes: SHEA Core, SHEA Gas, SHEA Power, SHEA Telecommunications and SHEA Water.

Find Out More

Approved trainers delivering SHEA schemes can be found via our schemes search. If you are a trainer and would like to deliver a SHEA 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).