Weighbridge Operator

If you operate public weighing equipment you must be a certified weighbridge operator.

Eligibility Criteria

Operators of public weighing equipment have responsibilities to ensure that they can perform their duties competently and honestly. Further, no one may operate public weighing equipment unless he/she holds a certificate of competence from us.

A person who wants to apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate will be tested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures to ensure that they can operate the equipment properly, including the use of any associated equipment . They will also need to show that they can record and calculate the results of any weighings properly.

How to become a certified weighbridge operator

Applicants for a certificate will be tested verbally and practically by an Inspector. They will be required to show that they can operate the weighbridge safely and correctly and complete all necessary paperwork satisfactorily. They will be required to show understanding of good weighing practice, weighing procedures, records and weighbridge tickets.

How can I apply?

You can apply by completing this online form.

Alternatively, you can complete the weighbridge certificate application (741, Word KB) and return to Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for this service.

Will my premises be inspected or assessed?

Yes. We will inspect the weighbridge at your premises and deliver the test to the person making the application for an operator's certificate

Can I start operating before my licence has been granted?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

How do I tell you about a change that could affect my licence?

If circumstances change regarding the equipment used for operation of the weighbridge, contact us.

How long does my licence last?

Successful applicants will be issued with a Public Weighbridge Operators Certificate. This is not transferable to another person and will only be valid for the weighbridge type(s) for which the person was tested.

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