Choosing the correct NRSWA Training course for you.
’s can be split into two categories - the supervisor and the operative. If you have a team of workers under your supervision, then a supervisor course is the one you will need. This is because it deals with how to oversee the different jobs that your team will be required to do, when working on road and street maintenance and construction. However a course suited better to those that are members of a team completing street works is an operative’s course.
In terms of qualifications there are six each for the supervisors and the operatives. Supervisors can gain qualifications from S1 - S6 which are monitoring excavation in the
road/highway, monitoring excavation, backfilling and reinstatement - construction layers, monitor reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials, monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs, monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways and monitoring signing and lighting and guarding.
The operatives qualifications are the same, but numbered O1-O6 and are concerning with completing the tasks listed above rather than monitoring them.
However many people are more familiar with the system on units available in a NRSWA course
. It is through the combination of units that the qualifications are made up. There are nine units available for both operatives and supervisors. 001 - 009 for operatives and 001, 010 -016 for supervisors.
A practical example of the units into qualifications system follows:
If a supervisor did a course that covered units 1, 10, 14, 15 and 16 (Unit 001 - Location and avoidance of underground apparatus, Unit 010 - Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding, Unit 014 - Monitoring reinstatement of bituminous materials, Unit 015 -Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs, Unit 016 -Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways), they would receive the following qualifications S3 Monitor reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials, S4 Monitor reinstatement of concrete slabs and S6 Monitor signing, lighting and guarding.
With legislation being brought that says all streetworks must have at least one qualified operative and supervisor on site at all times, the NRSWA course
is becoming even more popular. But please remember the rule that the operative and supervisor must be different people, it cannot be the same person holding both the qualifications.
In addition to learning how to complete the streetworks tasks and maintain proper health and safety on site, candidates on a NRSWA course
, will also cover what The Street Works Acts requires of them and how to select suitable PPE and safety equipment suitable for street works.
In a recent change of policy those achieving the O6 and S6 qualifications signing, lighting and guarding and monitor signing, lighting and guarding will receive a NRSWA card. As these qualifications only require the completion of one module (002 for operative and 010 for supervisors,) a card is now awarded for this.
One of the best things about doing a NRSWA course
is that now when the validity of your streetworks card runs out you can take a re-qualification course instead of sitting the full modules over again. This is of particular benefit to those delegate who are either really short on time or have all nine modules. The re-qualification courses include a short formal revision session, and then a test in exam conditions.