EUSR Safe Control of Mains Connections (Water)

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SCMC is essential training for the industries Self-Lay Organisations (SLOs). SLO’s lay mains for new services on new development sites – ‘contestable’ works.  The EUSR scheme furnishes all the individuals involved in making mains connections with an adequate understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  The course also provide the SLO’s with the knowledge around the roles and responsibilities of those of others, when carrying out this industry specific work. 

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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of a SCMC (Water) EUSR training programme and assessment, individuals will be able to:

  • Identify the scope of the connections that can be made
  • Differentiate between the various roles that are involved in the process; the accreditations needed for the various roles and the relationship between the roles
  • Be able to identify the role of the regulators in the process
  • Acknowledge what applications need to be made to plan the job
  • Comprehend the content of the Work package
  • Describe the specific details of the job including the different connection types
  • Interpret the considerations needed when carrying out the role
  • Understand what to do if something goes wrong
  • What information needs to be provided to the Water Company once the connection has been made
  • Carry out and complete relevant paperwork at the appropriate time within the process

Additional Information

It is important to note that the SCMC scheme does not educate on or provide the skills required to carry out mains connections.  The workers involved with the connection will hold the relevant EUSR accreditations for National Water Hygiene, Utility SHEA (Water) and Level 2 Network Construction Operations (Water) where applicable.

The standard for this scheme was developed in collaboration with Water Companies, Self-Lay Organisations and Lloyds Register. The scheme is delivered and assessed by Energy & Utility Skills Approved Providers through their approved SCMC (Water) training programme.  Training and assessment against the standard gains an individual a registration on EUSR.

The scheme falls under the scope of the Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) – operated by Lloyd’s Register.

Who Will Benefit?

Any and all individuals involved in making mains connections.

EUSR Registration

Registration for SCMC Primary category is for 3 years and registration for Competent Person, Senior Competent Person or Water Company Controller runs concurrently with the Primary category registration.

After three years, re-registration is required.

EUSR Re-registration/Renewal

Once EUSR registration for SCMC (Water) has expired, individuals must repeat the training programme and assessment as outlined above. There is no separate renewal registration process.


Candidates must all 3 of the qualifications (with an in-date expiry) in order to join the training: EUSR National Water Hygiene, Utility SHEA (Water) and Level 2 Network Construction Operations (Water)

Please note that candidates requiring Senior Competent Person do not need the Level 2 Network Construction Operations (NCO - Water), but must have the EUSR National Water Hygiene and Utility SHEA (Water) qualifications to join the course.

Registration Categories

There are two registration categories available for Safe Control of Mains Connections (Water) – Primary registration only and Primary & Secondary registrations together where a specific job role is specified. Please note that EUSR registration will be charged for separately except when registration for both categories is claimed at the same time.

Primary Registration – based on the successful completion of an appropriate approved SCMC (Water) training programme and associated assessment.

Secondary Registration – to obtain the following job role specific EUSR registrations, an authorised signatory of a Water Company must confirm that the individual can be registered within the category. The authorised signatory is designated by the company involved in the work (Water Co or SLO) and verified by Lloyds Register:

  • Competent Person (CP)
  • Senior Competent Person (SCP)
  • Water Company Controller (WCC)

The EUSR registration and EUSR ID card will reflect the appropriate job role.


  • EU Skills - EUSR SMART card with photo id, qualification stated on back of card 
  • EU Skills – EUSR Virtual Registration is available upon request in lieu of plastic SMART card
  • Electronic Groundforce Training certificate also provided via email
  • EUSR qualifications are valid for 3 years,
  • On or before your qualification(s) expiry date you’ll need to renew in order for qualification(s) to stay on the EU Skills register

View Your Registration

Did you know that once you’ve completed and passed your course qualification(s) and EU Skills have registered them, they are available to view and check 24/7 here. You’ll just need to enter your EUSR ID and Surname.

Please note:

  • EUSR qualifications that have not yet been registered by our administration team won’t show. For example, if you were on a course yesterday.
  • EUSR qualifications that are expired won’t display (even if 1 single day expired)
  • Groundforce Training are here to help with any questions, contact: 0800 0232663