SCO Core, PtW & FoA

Safe Control of Operations

£280 + VAT • 1 Day • Classroom Based 

This is a classroom-based course and is delivered on request so please contact us to arrange a suitable date. Can be delivered at our venue in Manchester or onsite anywhere in the UK.

This SCO course consists of Modules 1,2 & 5. 

If you already hold a current SCO registration and would like to do a renewal course this can be done online via a virtual classroom with a trainer delivering the course. Please contact us to arrange a suitable date.

30+ Years' Experience
Qualified & Certified Trainers
Flexible Dates Available
Face to Face or Online Courses

SCO Modules 1,2 & 5

Duration – 1 Day

Prices – Includes EUSR registration and CSC affiliated card. A VAT receipt can be sent on request:

  • £280 plus VAT

Prerequisites – Must hold a current SHEA Gas registration.


The Safe Control of Operations (SCO) scheme ensures that individuals working on the gas network are trained to do so safely by understanding gas network procedures and correct permitry.

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 will benefit from this course.

Training is the same for both Authorising Engineers (AEs) and Competent Persons (CPs). However, Permit to Work is an exception where CPs and AEs have a slightly different assessment route which means that they have specifically identified registrations, e.g. Permit to Work (AE) and Permit to Work (CP). Trainers will ensure that individuals complete the assessment appropriate for their role.

SCO Assessments are multiple choice and structured so that there is an assessment per module. Individuals must successfully complete training and assessment for all 3modules to pass the course.

The course content is detailed below and has been developed in consultation with the Gas Industry to provide a uniform approach to health, safety and environmental awareness training across the utilities sector, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidelines.

Module 1 SCO Core:

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

Module 2 SCO Permit to Work (PtW):

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

Module 5 Form of Authority (FoA):

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

Need Help To Choose the Right Course?

SCO courses are arranged on request at mutually agreeable dates and venues, so get in touch to request an SCO course for your engineers.

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