New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Supervisors (Units LA, S1-S5 & S7)


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 Supervisors (Units LA, S1-S5 & S7) course teaches the skills supervisors 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 supervisors 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 Supervisors Course Aim

The NRSWA training course aims to provide delegates with the skills and knowledge to perform Supervisor duties to the standards prescribed by City & Guilds in-line with the NRSW Act 1991, in order to safeguard themselves and others.

New Roads & Street Works Act (NRSWA) for Supervisors (Units 1, 10 – 14 & 16) Course Content

You will become competent in the supervision of manual excavation and reinstatement on the highway, including:

  • Location and avoidance of underground services
  • Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding; co-ordination procedures and code of practice
  • Monitoring excavation in the highway; specifications, techniques, road types, materials
  • Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
  • Monitoring reinstatement of non-bituminous sub-base and road-base materials
  • Monitoring laying practices and reinstatement of bituminous materials; specification and types of materials
  • Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete highways.


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

  • Summarise the requirements of the current NRSW Act
  • Select appropriate personal protective and safety equipment as required to carry out street works activities
  • Monitor duties performed by Operatives for 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 6156/01 or SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).

The Street Works Qualifications Register Card.

There are 8 units for Supervisors 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 an SWQR card will be awarded.

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

Delegates 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.