Do you need RoLO training?

If you’re a landscaper or landscaping company you may well need RoLO training – but how do you know?

What Is RoLO?

RoLO is the Register of Landbased Operatives and the RoLO Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness course is a pre-requisite for a LISS/CSCS card. LISS/CSCS is administered jointly by BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) and CSCS (Contruction Skills Certification Scheme) as a standalone scheme but it is also a requirement of the National Highways Sector Scheme 18 (NHSS18), which is mandatory for all contractors working for Highway England and other infrastructure providers. The NHSS18 scheme aims to ensure organisations working on roads have a trained and competent workforce.

Which Sectors Are Involved?

Amongst other things LISS/CSCS provides a framework for skills development and is often accepted for access to commercial sites. LISS/CSCS covers many landbased sectors such as:

  • Arboricultural activities
  • Landscape construction
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Environmental management activities
  • Application and management of pesticides
  • Ecological management activities
  • Amenity
  • Survey of flora and fauna
  • Countryside management
  • Hard landscaping

BALI administers the scheme on behalf of CSCS and applicants for a LISS/CSCS card send their evidence of achievement to BALI who will then validate the application (for a fee). All applicants for these cards must attend a LISS/CSCS recognised RoLO Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness course and pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment ‘touch screen’ test.

There are many different types of CSCS card too – if your staff are using the Blue Skilled / Gold cards (craft and operative) then these cards are now administered by the LISS/CSCS scheme, hence RoLO will apply (at least to any future workers).


RoLO courses are a 1-day integrated training and assessment event, run at our Arborfield (near Reading) workshops and cost just £120.00 including VAT and certification fee.