New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives (Units LA, O1-O5 & O8)


City & Guilds or SQA

Course duration

5 Days

Certificate valid for

5 years

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This New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives (Units LA, O1-O5 & O8) course teaches the skills you need to carry out work to the standards of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 - the legal framework for street works.

It is for new roads and street work operatives who:

  • locate underground apparatus
  • set up equipment for works in the highway
  • carry out excavation, backfill and reinstatement

New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives Course Aim

This New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives training course provides delegates with the skills and knowledge to perform operative duties to the standards prescribed by City & Guilds in-line with the current New Roads and Street Works (NRSWA) Act, in order to safeguard themselves and others.

New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives Course Content

  • Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
  • Signing, lighting and guarding units
  • Excavation in the road/highway
  • Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
  • Reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non-bituminous materials
  • Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
  • Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

Please call us to discuss other optional units below, which need to be pre-booked:

  • Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials
  • Reinstatement of concrete slabs


By the end of the New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Operatives training course, delegates will be able to:

  • Summarise the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works (NRSW) Act.
  • Select appropriate personal protective and safety equipment as required to carry out street works activities.
  • Perform duties of each unit and/or qualification as prescribed by City & Guilds standards in-line with current legislation, and ACOP where applicable.
  • Provide a safe working environment for themselves and others.

Learner Numbers

In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, and to ensure the courses are fully delivered in accordance with the scheme rules, the maximum number of learners allowed on a course is eight.

3 days of training and 2 days of technical tests.

A high proportion of group exercises with continuous oral and practical assessments, supplemented with video and classroom based tutorials.

A NRSWA training group may contain a mix of both Operatives and Supervisors. Sessions will be varied within the overall framework to allow the most effective development of the candidate.

City & Guilds certificate or SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).

The Street Works Qualifications Register Card.

There are 9 units for Operatives and a separate certificate is issued for each. In addition, various combinations of the units will lead to a full Street Works qualification, for which a Street Works Qualification Register (SWQR) Card will be awarded.

Learners should provide a passport photograph on the day of training for production of SWQR Cards.

Learners should inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in undertaking elements of this training course.