Getting Your Career in Gear with a Streetworks Training Course
relates to the standards laid down in the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) of 1991. For those working on streets and roads in the UK, such training is expected to ensure safe and efficient completion of such projects. The NRSWA register exists to maintain a log of all of those holding suitable qualifications to work in the field of road construction and street maintenance.
Accredited by either City and Guilds or CABWI (The Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry), Streetworks training
consists of two tiers of expertise.
The first is that of the NRWSA operative. This training is aimed at those that complete construction and maintenance work on roads and streets within the UK. It is for those that carry out tasks such as signing, lighting and guarding, ensuring that when roads and streets are closes that the public, pedestrians and roads users are notified correctly to avoid accidents or threats to safety.
There are nine units for operatives to choose from. These units address all the major areas needed to keep the operative and those around them safe, while completing the task assigned to them to a high standard. The operatives streetworks training
Location and avoidance of underground apparatus - 001, Signing, lighting and guarding - 002, Excavation in the road/highway - 003, Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials - 004, Reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non-bituminous materials - 005, Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials - 006, Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials - 007, Reinstatement of concrete slabs -008 and Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways - 009. Operatives can choose any of the units needed for the completion of their role. However if they wish to hold a NRSWA qualification, they must pick the correct group of units. For example if an operative needs the Reinstatement of concrete slabs qualification, they must have completed units 001, 002 and 008 as listed above.
There are also nine units of Streetworks training
for supervisors to choose from. They cover the same areas of knowledge as the operatives units, but focus more on how to ensure others are completing this work safely. Essentially, they cover how to be an effective supervisor of road and street construction and maintenance. The units are numbered differently with a single zero, to distinguish them from the operatives’ qualifications (which all start with a double zero.) The only exception to this rule is the 001 - Location and avoidance of underground apparatus, which is essential for both supervisors and operatives.
The supervisors units are as follows: Location and avoidance of underground apparatus -
Unit 010, Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding - Unit 011, Monitoring excavation in the road/highway - Unit 012, Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
Unit 013, Motoring reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non-bituminous materials, Unit 014 - Monitoring reinstatement of bituminous materials, Unit 015 Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs, Unit 016 - Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.
To gain a qualification the same rules apply. Supervisors need to get the correct group of Streetworks training
units to receive a full NRSWA qualification. For example to gain the Monitor reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials qualification, supervisors must complete units 001, 010 and 014 as listed above.