Construction & Utility Courses

Signing, Lighting and Guarding Training Course

NRSWA Signing, Lighting and Guarding is a training course that educates you on setting out signs, cones, barriers and traffic lights on a new road and street works site in line with the New Roads & Street Works Act. The knowledge you gain will allow you to confidently carry out highway works and protect yourself and those around you.

  • The course has a flexible choice of units to complete.
  • Learn how to operate/supervise signing, lighting and guarding.
  • Practical elements included.
  • Available to complete as an in-house course.
  • CITB Grant Claimable
  • Valid for five years.
Signing, Lighting and Guarding NRSWA

Signing, Lighting & Guarding course content

What does the Signing, Lighting & Guarding course cover?

The course will cover the following subjects through a range of practical and classroom-based learning.

Unit 2

  • Safety of workers and the general public when carrying out street works
  • Maintaining the free movement of pedestrians and traffic whilst working.
  • Complying with the restrictions of work
  • Safe working practices
  • The layout of barriers, warning notices, lamps, signs etc
  • Special measures – road closure, traffic diversion, portable lights
  • Operating and positioning portable traffic lights and equipment.

Unit 10

  • Plan out a site with exact distances and dimensions in line with the relevant legislation.
  • Making developmental decisions and producing a recommendation for action from a site plan
  • Monitor the surveying, setting up and taking down of a site.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will have the relevant knowledge of your role’s legal requirements. In addition, you will follow the procedures to ensure that they supervise/operate a site correctly.

What is Required to Pass the Signing, Lighting & Guarding Course?

The course contains both theory and practical elements. The tutor delivers the theory element in a classroom, but the course is majority practical based. The tutor will assess your ability to conduct practical exercises effectively.

How long is the Signing, Lighting & Guarding course?

The course is delivered over one day of training.

Why should I take this course?

Operatives (Unit 2) or Supervisors (Unit 10), depending on which unit you complete, who work in the utilities and construction industries should attend this course.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to operate o supervise in line with New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRSWA). Working in line with the legislation will have you not only working legally but safely. In addition, you will help to avoid dangerous and costly accidents that could slow down a projects completion time.

If you attend the supervisors unit, you will leave with the skills to lead a team and effectively manage their safety.

Signing, Lighting and Guarding entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

We ask that if we deliver the course at a site of your choice, you have a suitable location.

An unsuitable site will not meet the training requirements and, therefore, will not allow a certificate to be issued.

Where can I take this course?

In-house Courses

We can organise in-company training for Unit 2 and Unit 10 of the Signing, Lighting and Guarding course. In addition, we have arranged for partners across the country who can deliver the course on our behalf. For a quote, complete the in-house enquiry form on this page. All of our enquiries are quoted on a case by case basis depending on delegate numbers and location.

Further development

6-8 weeks after completion of the training, you will receive a certificate. You must renew your certification after five years of completing the course.

Other NRSWA courses are available with 3B Training. For example, you may want to move on to attend the NRSWA Operative or the NRSWA Supervisor. You may also want to improve your knowledge of cable avoidance by attending the CAT and Genny / Cable Avoidance. You can complete the CAT & Genny unit within your NRSWA qualification or on its own through 3B Training’s accreditation.

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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