NRSWA Streetworks Training

NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works) Act 1991

The main reason the New Roads and Streetworks Act was introduced was to ensure all highways authorities and utilities companies would coordinate their work activities.

The act lead to increased road safety which reduced disruption and minimised congestion to the general public and road users.

Solid foundation

Industrial Training Services courses provide a sound foundation and understanding to meet the requirements of the New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRSWA).

Training courses are made up of a number of units and qualifications covering the work activities involved in Streetworks.

Whether operatives are setting up traffic lights and signs or excavating and reinstating in the highway, an appropriate training certificate is required for one person working in every gang involved in Streetworks.

Streetworks with ITS

Industrial Training Services offer both Streetworks novice courses and unit 2/10 training courses for signing, lighting and guarding. We deliver the courses across our Wickford and Billericay sites in Essex. We often run open courses for Streetworks which you can view here.

Streetworks units (sometimes referred to as Streetworks ‘modules’) are not listed on the back of SWQR cards as they are listed below. This often creates confusion when candidates require reassessment – as it looks like 3 units need reassessment when it is generally 7 units or more.

NRSWA Streetworks Training Provider For Essex, London & the South East

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Outcome

On completion of a NRSAW Streetworks course:

Operatives or supervisors will be qualified to a City & Guilds level and be registered on the Streetworks register. Operatives will be able to excavate, reinstate, backfill and operate signing, lighting and guarding apparatus. Supervisors will be able to conduct monitoring of these activities.

Achieving the standard

To achieve Streetworks training qualifications; the candidate must achieve a minimum of 3 units.

In many cases the candidate will start by carrying out a 5-day training course and if successful will achieve the 6 or 7 Streetworks units.

Q: Who attends an NRSWA Streetworks course?

Anyone that is required to take charge of work or supervise work in the public highway. This includes gas, water, electric and telecoms workers etc.

Q: Is ITS accredited?

We are accredited by City & Guilds. When a Streetworks training course has been successfully completed; the unit accreditation training certificates are then submitted to City & Guilds / SWQR (StreetWorks Qualification Register) to issue a Streetworks card.

Please note that there are only 2 standalone unit qualifications, which are unit 2 or 10 (signing, lighting and guarding).

All other Streetworks qualifications require a minimum of three Streetworks training units to have been achieved to be eligible for the Streetworks (NRSWA) SWQR trained operative/ supervisor Card.

Range of NRSWA Streetworks Courses

NRSWA Streetworks
Training

Streetworks
Reassessments

Signing, Lighting
& Guarding

Cat & Genny:
Cable Avoidance

NRSWA Streetworks with Industrial Training Services

Industrial Training Services courses provide a sound foundation and understanding to meet the requirements of the New Roads and Streetworks Act (NRSWA).

Courses are made up of a number of units and qualifications covering the work activities involved in Streetworks.

Whether operatives are setting up traffic lights and signs or excavating and reinstating in the highway, an appropriate training certificate is required for one person working in every gang involved in Streetworks.

Is your Streetworks reassessment due?

(SWQR) Streetworks cards are valid for 5 years. After this time, candidates must sit reassessment examinations. Industrial Training Services offer a 2-day reassessment package for candidates wishing to renew their Streetworks card.

This is operated as an open-course and details can be found by clicking the button below.

The Streetworks SWQR card must be renewed and applied for no more than 4 months after the expiry date of the Streetworks card.
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Legality

Information source: SWQR website – available here

If you are unsure about how many operatives/supervisors you need:

Please seek advice from your Local Authority and Section 67 of the legislation. It is not necessary for all members of the gang to have a Street Works cards but this is dependent on the Local Authority as they set the guidelines for each contract of work carried out.

It may be for example, 1 operative card per 3 men or something similar. Every Local Authority will differ. The contractor awarded the job will have a recommended ratio of card per gang. The supervisor should be available to be on site if required but again Local Authority guidelines should be followed.

With regards to requiring qualification:

Section 67 of the Act states that at least one person per gang should hold the relevant qualifications that are required for the job being carried out.

Please check with the contractor/Local Authority what stipulations have been set by them for the purpose of this piece of work. Some Local Authorities require all individuals to hold ID cards.

Streetworks Units Explained

Streetworks Unit 1

Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus

Training will be given in the use of cable avoidance equipment and developing your skills in identifying utilities, plans, symbols and apparatus.

Streetworks Unit 2

Signing, lighting and guarding

Training will be given in the usage of barriers to divert pedestrian/road traffic, as well as in the setup of temporary traffic lights.

Streetworks Unit 3

Excavation in the Highway

The training given will enable you to identify different types of footways and carriageways correctly, to excavate, provide protection to underground apparatus and to select and store suitable excavated material for backfill.

Streetworks Unit 4

Reinstatement and Compaction of Backfill Materials

Following training you will be able to identify road type, select suitable material for backfill and backfill to the NRWSA standards and dispose of surplus materials safely.

Streetworks Unit 5

Reinstatement of Sub-Base and Road-base in Non-Bituminous Materials

To enable you to complete unit 4 you will be trained in the identification and preparation of differing layers of backfill materials.

Streetworks Unit 6

Reinstatement in cold-Lay Bituminous Material

Training is given in preparing and constructing layers to receive cold lay surfacing materials.

Streetworks Unit 7

Reinstatement in Hot-Lay Bituminous Materials

Trained as above with the addition of laying hot materials

Streetworks Unit 8

Reinstatement of Concrete slabs

Prepare sub-base, edges and reinforcement materials to enable you to form a concrete slab tied- into existing surfacing. This training is essential for concrete road works

Streetworks Unit 9

Reinstatement of Modular & Concrete Footways

This training will prepare you for the removal of existing surfaces prepare bedding materials to enable you to lay modular and/or concrete surfacing.

Supervisor Units

Streetworks Unit 1

Required if the candidate has not already achieved the unit

Streetworks Unit 10

Monitoring Signing, Lighting and Guarding

Streetworks Unit 11

Monitoring Excavation in the Highway

Streetworks Unit 12

Monitoring Reinstatement and Compaction of Backfill Materials

Streetworks Unit 13

Monitoring Reinstatement of Sub-Base and Road-base in Non Bituminous Materials

Streetworks Unit 14

Monitoring Reinstatement in Bituminous Materials

Streetworks Unit 15

Monitoring Reinstatement of Concrete slabs

Streetworks Unit 16

Monitoring Reinstatement of Modular and Concrete Footways

Streetworks Qualifications

A normal NRSWA Streetworks training course consists of:

Streetworks Operative Units

01

Excavation in the road / highway (Units 1, 2 + 3)

02

Excavation, backfilling and reinstatement – cold lay (Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + 6)

03

Reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials (Units 1, 2, 6 + 7)

04

Reinstatement of concrete slabs (Units 1, 2 + 8)

05

Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways (Units 1, 2 + 9)

06

Signing, lighting and guarding (Unit 2)

A candidate can also hold supervisor units simultaneously.

However, they will need to repeat the course to take the following units.

These units mirror the above contents but will enable a trained operative to supervise and identify any misdemeanours of the NRSWA being perpetrated by the workforce. They are:

S1

Monitoring excavation in the road/highway (Units 1, 10 + 11)

S2

Monitoring excavation, backfilling and reinstatement – construction layers
(Units 1, 10, 11, 12, 13 + 14)

S3

Monitoring reinstatement of hot and cold lay bituminous materials (Units 1, 10 + 14)

S4

Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs (Units 1, 10 + 15)

S5

Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways (Units 1, 10 + 16)

S6

Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding (Unit 10)

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