What are the Streetworks Course Options?
Roads are the veins and arteries of the UK, without them our lives would be unrecognisable. An excellent example of this was the completion in May 2001 of an improvement of a track road to a two lane carriageway on the Isle of Skye. This new road will make journeys safer for locals and tourists alike and was completed despite some pretty harsh weather conditions!
Those working on this project will have been very familiar with the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA ) of 1991. This act introduced standards for health and safety for all those working in the field of road and street maintenance and construction. Since 1991, to meet the standards introduced by the NRSWA two training courses have been set. These courses ensure all workers have the necessary health and safety education needed to work on projects like the carriageway in Skye.
If you are considering a streetworks course
, which one should you choose? Making the choice between an operative’s streetworks course
and a supervisor’s streetworks course
, is fairly easy. If you are overseeing work on streets or roads then the supervisors course is right for you. Also, if you are currently an operative looking for promotion and extra responsibility you may wish to complete this course to improve you career prospects. Alternatively if you are working within a team that is completing the work, the operative’s streetworks course
will be perfect for your needs.
So how does a streetworks course
work? There are a total of 18 units, 9 for supervisors and 9 for operatives. The both cover the same basic areas, but the supervisors courses focus on how to ensure the team is completing the work to the required standard. The operatives course is tailored around how to compete the actual job well.
A selection of each of the nine units can be grouped together to earn NRSWA qualification. There are six available for both operatives (beginning with the prefix O) and six for supervisors (beginning with the prefix S). To receive a NRSWA card you must have a least one qualification as cards are not awarded for the completion on individual modules.
To earn a qualification you much complete the correct selection of units, an example of which follows:
For operatives to gain qualification O1 - Excavation in the road/highway, you must complete units 001 - Location and avoidance of underground apparatus, Unit 002 - Signing, lighting and guarding and Unit 003 -Excavation in the road/highway.
For Supervisors to gain an S1 Monitor excavation in the road/highway qualification, you must complete units: 001 - Location and avoidance of underground apparatus, 010 - Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding and units 011 Monitoring excavation in the road/highway.
Most of the units are available throughout the UK. Trainers often group together the most popular units to make it easier for delegates to achieve the NRSWA qualifications. Unit 002 and unit 010 Signing, Lighting and Guarding can sometimes be found as a stand-alone course as it is very popular. This single module allows the delegate to receive the 06 or S6 qualification. New policy for NRSWA now allows delegates to receive a streetworks card for this module alone.
Qualified workers can now renew their NRSWA cards without completing the whole training course again. This can be done by attending a re-qualification course at a number of training provider venues throughout the UK. These include a short revision session and a written test in exam conditions.