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Weighbridge Operators Certificate

Licence Summary

To operate a public weighbridge, you require a certificate of competence issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.

You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.


Regulation Summary

Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the website.


Application Process

Operators of public weighing equipment have a responsibility to ensure that they can perform their duties competently and honestly.

No-one may operate public weighing equipment unless they hold a certificate from a Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures.

To operate a public weighbridge the operator must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of his/her duties including basic numeracy skills. Anyone applying for a certificate must pass a verbal test to show they can:

  • operate the weighbridge satisfactorily
  • complete any weighbridge tickets and associated documentation satisfactorily
  • understand basic terms associated with the operation of a weighbridge
  • understand their legal obligations and duties as a weighbridge operator
  • understand potential frauds which may unknowingly be assisted by a weighbridge operator
  • understand how the accuracy of the weighbridge may be affected
  • understand and be able to calculate gross, tare and net weights (use of a calculator is permitted)

Once your completed application is received, an Officer will contact you to arrange to carry out a verbal test. Once satisfied a certificate of competence will be issued within 7 days.

Currently no fee is payable for the test.


How To Apply

To apply for a Weighbridge Operators Certificate please complete the appropriate form below. 

Application Form pdf Apply online
Application For A Weighbridge Operators Certificate View View


Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.

Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or contact us.


Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.


Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or for advice. From outside of the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.