New Roads and Street Works training or streetworks training
is designed for candidates working on roads and highways within the UK. The aim is to promote good working practices and the safety of the delegate and those around them, including road users.
The streetworks training
scheme offers two levels of competence – supervisor and operatives, with six possible qualifications available. The qualifications are made up of a combination of various units. Some delegates, depending on their needs choose to complete all of the units, while some pick and choose the ones they require. Most delegates make the decision based on the employers’ requirements and which units will maximise their potential to gain full NRSWA qualifications. Streetworks training
is accredited by three different bodies: City and Guilds (C and G), Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry (CABWI) and Scottish Qualifications Authority. As an accredited course, the content is standardised, guarantying the quality of the delivery throughout the UK.
Operatives streetworks training
is aimed at those candidates that will be carrying out the work like locating underground apparatus, excavation and reinstatement. The operative level qualifications are known by the alpha numerics O1-O6 and are as follows: 01: Excavation in the road/highway 001, 002 and 003, O2: Excavation, backfilling and reinstatement – cold lay, O3: Reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials, O4: Reinstatement of concrete slabs, O5: Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways and O6: Signing, lighting and guarding.
Supervisors training is not aimed at those candidates that are actually completing the jobs, but at those overseeing them. The aim here is to be aware of potential hazards to the streetworks teams’, and the general publics’ safety and avoid these, allowing them to complete their tasks unhindered. The supervisors qualifications are known by the alpha numerics S1-S6 and consists of: S1: Monitor excavation in the road/highway, S2: Monitor excavation, backfilling and reinstatement - construction layers, S3: Monitor reinstatement – hot and cold lay bituminous materials, S4: Monitor reinstatement of concrete slabs, S5: Monitor reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways and S6: Monitor signing, lighting and guarding. A key change here is that both supervisors and operatives can now gain a NRSWA card from completing unit 10 or 2, where previously a single unit would not get them a qualification.
Another key changes in the streetworks training
scheme is that the re-registration of NRWSA cards for delegates in England is no longer allowed. Candidates used to be able to get their NRWSA cards re-registered without completing any additional training, but that is no longer the case. This means all English delegates must be reassessed to maintain their qualification. Many trainers throughout England are offering re- assessment courses, many also include revision days to assist the delegate in passing the test, completed in exam conditions. NRSWA cards last for five years, and delegates also have a six month grace period in which to complete their reassessments. However it is best to leave it no later than four months into the grace period as processing the card can often take a while. Also, it is important to remember that delegates do not have to complete the reassessment, they can also redo the full course, if they so choose.