Gas and Energy

SCO Module Changes

   15 February 2021         News

The Safe Control of Operations (SCO) training programme is 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.

EUSR have recently updated the SCO programme to a new modular scheme, and with this have changed the course codes and content.

SCO courses are now modular

There are 5 modules in total, and each module is delivered as a separate registered course. The candidate sits the required ones to achieve their Competent Person (CP) or CP/Authorising Engineer (AE) status. There are also two renewal courses available.

SCO Modules Explained

All learners must sit Module 1: Core. Following this learners will also need to sit Module 5: ‘Form of Authority’ if they require registration as a CP or AE to issue/receive Form of Authority for access to operational sites to carry out non-hazardous work.

If individuals need to apply for registration to give or receive permits to work and/or forms and authority as per the previous SCO 1 & 2 registration then they must sit Modules 1, 2 and 5 – AE’s will sit a different assessment to CP’s for Module 2 but can still attend the same course.

For any CP or AE candidates wishing to be registered to authorise or prepare and/or receive Routine Operational permitry, they must complete Modules 1, 2, and 4.

For any CP or AE candidates wishing to be registered to authorise or prepare and/or receive Routine Operational permitry and Non-Routine Operational permitry they must complete Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Individuals will also need Module 5 Forms of Authority if they are going to need to issue as an AE or receive this permitry as a CP.

Converting current SCO registrations to the new SCO Scheme

Holding an in-date SCO 1 and 2 means an individual is eligible for:

  • SCO Renewal Module 1: SCO Core, Module 2: PtW and Module 5: FoA.

Holding an in-date SCO 4 means an individual is eligible for:

  • SCO Renewal Module 3: NRO.

Holding an in-date SCO 5 means an individual is eligible for:

  • SCO Renewal Module 4: RO.

N.B. where the existing registration is not in date, or if the individual wants to add an endorsement, then they will have to take the initial programme, not a renewal.

Eligibility for SCO Renewal Modules 3 and 4 assumes an individual is holding an in-date SCO 1 and 2 as well as SCO 4/5.

The following table explains the changes:

Course Old Code New Code
SCO Module 1: Core and Module 2: Permit to Work (PtW) SCO 1&2 SCO1&2
SCO Module 3: Non-Routine Operation (NRO) SCO 4 Non Routine SCO3
SCO Module 4: Routine Operation (RO) SCO5 Routine SCO4
SCO Module 1: Core and Module 5: Form of Authority (FoA) N/A SCO5
SCO Modules: 1, 2 and/or 5 Renewal N/A SCO1&2-R

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