Construction & Utility Courses

NRSWA Operative Training Course

The NRSWA Operative is a training course designed to educate you on street works’ health and safety. The operative course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work to the relevant legislation. Not only will you be operating legally, but you will reduce accidents on the street works site to both workers and the public.

  • You have a flexible choice of units to complete.
  • Learn how to work safer on site.
  • Practical elements included.
  • Available to complete as an in-house course.
  • CITB Grant Claimable
  • Valid for five years.
NRSWA Operative Course

NRSWA Operative course content

What does the NRSWA Operative course cover?

The following NRSWA (New Roads & Street Works Assessments) units are covered:

  • 001 – Location & avoidance of underground apparatus (CAT and Genny training – can be attended as an individual course)
  • 002 – Signing, lighting and guarding (can be attended as an individual course)
  • 003 – Excavation on the highway
  • 004 – Reinstatement & compaction of backfill materials
  • 005 – Reinstatement of sub-base & road in non-bituminous materials
  • 006 – Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
  • 007 – Reinstatement of hot lay bituminous materials (subject to centre)
  • 008 – Reinstatement of concrete slabs (subject to centre)
  • 009 – Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

Please note: delegates do not complete all units at each centre, so please call 3B Training Advisor for details.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the delegates will perform operative duties to the level required by the NRSWA Act 1991 and ACOP. They will also be able to choose the correct PPE and safety apparatus required for activity and provide a safe working environment for themselves and others.

What is Required to Pass the NRSWA Operative Course?

NRSWA training courses are mainly practical, but the delegate will also have some written work. The course is assessed through knowledge-based, practical-based and written assessments.

How long is the NRSWA Operative course?

The course is delivered over a duration of one to five days, depending on the units completed by the delegates.

Why should I take this course?

The NRSWA Operative course is suitable for those who carry out the manual excavation and restoration of footpaths and highways.

NRSWA Operative entry requirements

You should have a good physical and mental fitness level as practical assessments can be quite rigorous.

The course can be delivered at your site, subject to approval by the awarding body.

Where can I take this course?

In-house Courses

We can arrange New Roads and Street Works For Operatives courses across the country for a group of your employees. We work with a range of NRSWA providers across the country who can deliver the units individually or as a group of units.  The course can be delivered to a maximum of 8 delegates per tutor.

To inquire, fill out our in-house enquiry form on this page; all of our quotes are provided on a case-by-case basis, depending on location, delivery type, and delegation numbers.

Further development

Successful completion of the NRSWA Training course will result in you gaining a City & Guild or CABWI (location dependent) certificate. You will receive a certificate for each unit, as well as a Street Works Card. The card is valid for five years. To renew, you will need to complete a 2-day reassessment course.

If you work in a supervisory role, you may want to complete the NRSWA Supervisor course instead?  You will learn all the aspects needed to supervise street works.

You can also attend individual units on their own such as CAT & Genny / Cable Avoidance and Signing, Lighting and Guarding.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass this course.

You can find the list of short courses and the grant amounts you can claim here: CITB Grant Value for Short Courses


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