Construction & Utility Courses

NRSWA Operative

The NRSWA Operative course is designed to educate operatives on the health and safety aspects of street works. Operatives working on behalf of a utility company must be qualified to carry out their work. Because of this, one qualified operative must be present on-site at all times. The site must also have a qualified supervisor on the site who can oversee the works.

How long is the NRSWA Operative course?
Five day

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

NRSWA Operative

Course Content of the NRSWA Operative Course 

On completion of the course, the delegates will be able to outline the need for the New Roads and Street Works Act. They will also be able to choose the correct PPE and safety apparatus required for an activity.

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.

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

  • 001 – Location & avoidance of underground apparatus (can be attended as an individual course)
  • 002 – Signing, lighting and guarding (can be attended as an individual course)
  • 003 – Excavation in 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.

NRSWA Training Course Pass Requirements 

NRSWA training courses are mainly practical, but the delegate will also have some written work.


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