Our NRSWA Training courses are designed for those Operatives tasked with carrying out their duties in accordance with the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA), current Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and current legislation pertaining to such activity.
The NRSWA of 1991 established guidelines and procedures for workers employed by Highways England, local authorities and relevant utility companies for the purpose of conducting roadworks on highways or footpaths. Our Operative London course covers a variety of issues including standards for signing, lighting and guarding (SLG), notification requirements, reinstatement standards for highway excavations and more.
Who is the course for
The full 5 day NRSWA operative course in London is for anyone who wants to undertake all of the physical works on the roads within the UK. Including excavation, backfill, reinstatement, signing, guarding and using tarmac and cold-lay materials.
The course is delivered through a combination of classroom learning and practical activities over 5 days at the London centre. You will then be required to complete assessments and a short online exam for each unit.
After successful completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate from the awarding body, from one of the following; CABWI, SQA, Lantra or City and Guilds. You will then be registered on the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR), and you will receive your own SWQR ID card.
How long does the qualification last
Your certificate and card are valid for 5 years and will show the units you are qualified in to work on the roads.
Who is an NRSWA Operative?
An NRSWA Operative is anyone engaged in the manual excavation and reinstatement of highways and footpaths in England.
What training is required to become an NRSWA Operative?
The corresponding NRSWA Streetworks course that covers the type of work you will be tasked with carrying out. While some opt to take only specific units of the Operative course it is strongly recommended you take all 9 units to optimize your skillset and employment prospects.
What type of certificate is awarded upon completion of the Operative London course?
Participants who successfully complete the Operative London course will receive a Certificate of Competence that will need to be forwarded to the Street Works Qualification Register or SWQR. The SWQR will then issue an identification card indicating the various NRSWA units the holder is qualified for. The card will be valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
NRSWA Streetworks Operative Units
Your full 5 day course will qualify you in the following units:
(Important: the numbers in brackets are the old streetworks unit numbers)
- LA (01) – Location & avoidance of underground apparatus
- O1 (02) – Signing, lighting and guarding
- O2 (03) – Excavation in the highway
- O3 (04) – Reinstatement & compaction of backfill materials
- O4 (05) – Reinstatement of sub base & road in non bituminous materials
- O5 (06) – Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
- O6 (07) – Reinstatement of hot lay bituminous materials (subject to centre)
- O7 (08) – Reinstatement of concrete slabs (subject to centre)
- O8 (09) – Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footway
The Operative London course is not a dry recitation of regulations and expectations. Instead, it consists of various group exercises, ongoing discussions and a high degree of interactivity between the instructor and students. During the 5 day course period, participants will be continually assessed for comprehension with a short test conducted at the end of each unit.
Those who successfully complete the NRSWA Operative London course will have a comprehensive understanding of:
- Their professional obligations pursuant to the NRSWA.
- Best practices as established by the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs).
- How to safely and effectively perform their duties.
- How to properly employ necessary PPE and other safety equipment.