WTSR Authorising Engineer Module

WTSR Authorising Engineer Module

About this course

This course is designed to be an add on module to complement the Core WTSR Training Course with additional information on the roles and responsibilities of the Authorising Engineer. Therefore, it is a prerequisite to pass the RUK Core WTSR Training Course before attending this module.


At the end of this course you should have a clear understanding the duties of an Authorising Engineer in relation to the requirements of the implementation and application of WTSR at site. Understand the process of approving an Approved Written Procedure and where required, be in position to be formally authorised to carry out that role correctly. 

Delegates should be able to demonstrate an applied understanding of the WTSR in relation to the AE and the importance and responsibility of the role.

Company specific processes and documents standards can be added to this course to replicate day to day practice.

Course content:

On completion of the course delegates will understand:

  • The AEs’ role in ensuring Safety from the System and a Safe System of Work under the WTSR
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Authorising Engineer.
  • Authorisation, Competence and Responsibilities of persons on site
  • The technical competence required of an AE
  • The robust requirements of approving an AWP for use by an Authorised Technician
  • How Safety from the System can be achieved through the collective application of safety precautions
  • Understand the format and content of an AWP
  • How work is managed and controlled under an AWP, especially restoration of motive power and automatic functions
  • How to deal with exceptions and limitations
  • How to deal with technical and isolation issues during work activities
  • The importance of supervision and when it is required
  • The relevance and use of Routine Operating Procedures
  • The importance of communicating and agreeing safety precaution with a Senior Authorised Person for HV when cross boundary work is required


End of course test and assessment


1 Day

About coach

Ian Ord

Ian Ord is currently the Director of Renewables at Setter and Associates Ltd. Previously the Environmental Health and Safety Manager for the UK and Ireland for Siemens Energy Renewables. Ian made a personal energy transition from an HR manager at British Coal in 1996 after 16 years of service.