Winter Service Operations (Operative Units & Endorsements)

Duration: One day for each category of winter service vehicle they are to operate

Group Size: Maximum of 2 learners

Who should attend: All persons who will be required by their employer to work on carriageways in the position of a Winter Service Operative.

Pre-requisites: All learners who have successfully completed a one day training course for unit -80: Health and Safety.

Course aims: This award is aimed at Winter Service Operators and staff responsible for the direct supervision and operating of: • Highways Agency vehicles and snow blowers • National Assembly for Wales winter service vehicles and snow blowers • Local Authority vehicles and snow blowers • Supervisors responsible for the front-line operations.

Course Objectives: The qualification is divided into various categories of winter service vehicles. To qualify for the award, an operative must pass Unit 680: Health and Safety and at least one other unit. To qualify for the award, a supervisor must pass Unit 621: Winter Service Supervision and Monitoring.

Operative Units

  • 611 - Prepare and operate winter service vehicles up to 3500kg (including tractors)
  • 612 - Prepare and operate winter service vehicles 3500kg to 7500kg
  • 613 - Prepare and operate winter service vehicles over 7500kg Large LGV
  • 614 - Prepare and operate Highways Agency Equipment (Foden 4000 series)
  • 615 - Prepare and operate Highways Agency dedicated winter service vehicles
  • 640 - Prepare and operate National Assembly for Wales dedicated winter service vehicles
  • 650 - Operate snow blower (Rolba 400 or 1000) – Highways Agency / National Assembly for Wales
  • 660 - Operate snow blowers – dedicated
  • 670 - Operate snow blowers – demountable

  • Endorsements for Units 511, 512 & 513 only

  • 111 - Spreader fixed
  • 212 - Spreader towed
  • 313 - Plough angle blade / Vee Blade

  • Supervisor Unit

  • 621 - Winter Service Supervision and Monitoring
  • Certification: On successful completion of the required assessment and when a certificate has been received, learners will be eligible to obtain a NEREO operative or supervisor’s registration card, endorsed with the category that the candidate has been successfully assessed for. All WSO certificates issued and Registration cards will only be valid for 5 years from the date of successful completion of a full qualification.

    NB: NB: Learners who are qualified in a higher category vehicle are not automatically qualified to drive lower category vehicles. Learners should be assessed for each category of winter service vehicle they are expected to operate.

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