Required for all operators of Winter Service equipment including Snowploughs, Gritters and Snow Blowers, this City & Guilds qualification is nationally recognised and enables successful candidates to be entered onto the national register of Winter Service Operatives and gain their NEREO Card.


WINTER SERVICE OPERATIONS (City & Guilds Scheme 6159)

This Course:

Designed for those required to drive and operate Winter Service vehicles and equipment 


The mandatory Health & Safety Unit 680 is a classroom based one day course for a maximum of eight operatives and must be carried out before assessments can begin (vehicles/equipment will be required in the afternoon for discussion/inspection purposes). 
Practical Assessments follow successful completion of the Unit 680. A maximum of two unit assessments per day are permitted i.e. two operatives requiring one unit each or one operative requiring two units .

Prior Knowledge:

If candidates are novices/inexperienced in the range of different vehicles / gearboxes / gritting equipment they require certification for, they should receive prior training / instruction and gain some experience before we commence any assessment programme.  This can be carried out “in house” by our clients or we can supply additional practical training prior to assessments being arranged.

Resources for Assessments:

To be available for use by all operatives prior to / during the programme of assessments as follows:-Vehicle / Spreader / Plough – complete and in good / legal condition.

Driver to see Hopper correctly loaded with de-icing material(s).

A wash-down facility with proper / safe access and equipment in good working order must be used by each candidate in order to complete their assessment.

Each candidate must provide 2 x passport sized photos during the course.

Each candidate must produce both parts of their current driving license for the vehicle group to be driven.

The Assessor can carry out the role of ‘assistant’ but only in direct response to the candidate’s requests / instructions. Training cannot be carried out whilst the candidate is under assessment.

If the candidates have previously held any City & Guilds qualifications then their original Enrollment Number should be noted on their paperwork. This will link previous qualifications and speed up the registration process. The Enrollment No. can be found on the bottom right side of any C & G’s certificate.

We strongly recommend that operatives should be thoroughly conversant with their gritting route.  If they are not they should be accompanied on drives with an experienced operative to gain knowledge prior to their own assessment.

Awarding Body:

City & Guilds Certification with NEREO Registration Card valid for 5 years.

Operative Units Available:

580 Winter Service Operations Health and Safety – This Unit is Mandatory for all Operatives

511 Prepare and operate winter service vehicles and equipment up to 3500kg including agricultural tractors

512 Prepare and operate winter service vehicles and equipment from 3500kg to 7500kg medium LGV

513 Prepare and operate winter service vehicles and equipment over 7500kg large LGV

515 Prepare and operate Highways Agency dedicated winter service vehicles (SCHMIDT)

550 Operate Highways Agency/National Assembly for Wales dedicated Rolba 400 or 1000 series snow blower

560 Operate dedicated snow blower

570 Operate demountable snow blower

Supervisory Unit:

521 Winter Service Operations – Supervision & Monitoring

Other Units are available for operation of vehicles with Snowplough only and for Off-Highway Equipment.