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Safe Control of Operations (SCO) Module Changes

Safe Control of Operations (SCO) Module Changes

15 February 2021

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:

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