Safe Control of Operations

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Safe Control of Operations (Passport Scheme)

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Safe Control of Operations

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.

The SCO scheme is the knowledge-based part of a Competent Person’s or Authorising Engineer’s route to network registration and is followed by the competence-based part of the overall requirement.

The introduction of IGEM/GL/6 Edition 3 has introduced an increased emphasis on risk-based management of gas safety systems and gives gas distribution companies the flexibility to develop their own gas safety procedures based on meeting the common requirements of GL/6. The SCO scheme is based around the requirements for meeting GL/6 compliance.

The SCO scheme consists of an Initial programme for newcomers to the industry and a Renewal programme for those with existing and current SCO registrations.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The following pre-requisites apply:

SCO Core is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to undertake and achieve any other registration categories.

Permit to Work is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take either/both Non-Routine and Routine Operations.

Renewal training programme

The GL/6 Update is a pre-requisite for any individual wishing to undertake SCO renewal.

Module 1: SCO Core is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take any other SCO Renewal module.

Module 2: Permit to Work is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take either/both Module 3: Non-Routine Operations and Module 4: Routine Operations in SCO Renewal.

Equivalents of the new modules (from SCO 1 & 2, SCO 4 and SCO 5) are also permitted as pre-requisites for Renewal purposes. So, for example, where an individual has an in-date, existing SCO 1, 2 and 5, it would be permissible for them to take the new SCO Renewal module for Permit to Work.

Training Course Content

  • Module 1: SCO Core
  • Module 2: Permit to Work (PtW)
  • Module 3: Non-Routine Operations (NRO)
  • Module 4: Routine Operations (RO)
  • Module 5: Form of Authority (FoA)


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