The New Roads and Street Works Act requires that anyone who executes, works for, or on behalf of a utility company, is qualified for the activities being carried out. Any street works site must have at least one qualified Operative on site at all times during the works and the site must have a qualified Supervisor appointed to the site who can oversee the works.
The Supervisor need not be on site at all times, but must be able to adequately carry out the role. The Supervisor qualification does not replace or overrule the Operative qualification and one person cannot cover both roles at the same time.
Qualifications are valid for a period of 5 years and a 2 day re-assessment is required prior to the expiry of the card issued upon successful completion of the original course.
Operatives Course (5 Days)
Who is a NRSW Operative?
Those who carry out the manual excavation and reinstatement in footpaths and highways.
What training do I need to be a NRSW Operative?
A NRSW Course that includes the units for the work you are going to carry out. See below for a list of units.
Operatives Course Units
Unit 001 – Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
Unit 002 – Signing, lighting and guarding units
Unit 003 – Excavation in the road/highway
Unit 004 – Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
Unit 005 – Reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non-bituminous materials
Unit 006 – Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
Unit 007 – Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials
Unit 009 – Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways
Units that can be carried out separately to the full course:
Unit 008 – Reinstatement of concrete slabs
Unit 015 Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs
Supervisors Course (5 Days)
Who is a NRSW Supervisor?
Those who supervise the operatives who physically carry out the manual excavation and reinstatement in footpaths and highways.
What training do I need to be a NRSW Supervisor?
A NRSWA Course that includes the units for the work you are going to supervise. See below for a list of units.
Supervisors Course Units
Unit 001 – Location and avoidance of underground services
Unit 010 – Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding; co-ordination procedures and code of practice
Unit 011 – Monitoring excavation in the highway; specifications, techniques, road types, materials
Unit 012 – Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
Unit 013 – Monitoring reinstatement of non-bituminous sub-base and road-base materials
Unit 014 – Monitoring laying practices and reinstatement of bituminous materials; specification and types of materials
Unit 016 – Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete highways
Operatives and Supervisors Re-assessment (2 Days)
The NRSW re-assessment for both Operatives and Supervisors will be in the form of knowledge based multiple choice tests. For each unit that an individual holds, they will need to undertake the corresponding re-assessment.
CITB Grant Available
An attendance grant of £50 per day for each candidate on the New Roads and Street Works (NRSWA) course is available to CITB Levy contributors (may not apply for assessment days). Click here for further information.