NRSWA Streetworks Courses – Operative Training

NRSWA courses in this category relate to Operatives only and will cover one or more units dependent on requirements as explained below.

NRSWA Training courses are designed for Operatives who are required to carry out their duties to standards in-line with the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA), current legislation, and applicable Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP’s). They are also commonly known as “streetworks training” or “streetworks courses”.

The New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) sets out the procedures and guidelines for personnel employed by local authorities, utilities companies and their contractors for the purpose of any road works in the highway or on footpaths. The Act and associated Codes of Practice cover issues such as the notification requirements, safety to highway users and the standards required of the reinstatement of all excavations on the highway, standards for signing, lighting and guarding, etc.

There are 16 NRSWA course units of competence with the New Roads and Street Works Act. The unit referencing scheme was updated in April 2017, when the new regulations came into force in England, these being The Street Works (Qualifications of Operatives and Supervisors) (England) Regulations 2016. For clarity both the old numerical references and new alpha-numeric references are included below. Unit 1 (LA) is for Supervisors and Operators, Units 2-9 (O1-O8) are relevant to operators, and Units 10-16 (S1 - S7) are relevant to Supervisors.

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NRSWA Training Courses for Operatives

There are nine NRSWA operative units of competence with the New Roads and Street Works Act for Operatives to study:

  • Unit 1 (LA) - Location and avoidance of underground apparatus.
  • Unit 2 (O1) - Signing, lighting and guarding.
  • Unit 3 (O2) - Excavation in the highway.
  • Unit 4 (O3) - Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials.
  • Unit 5 (O4) - Reinstatement of sub-base and road base in non-bituminous materials.
  • Unit 6 (O5) - Reinstatement in cold-lay bituminous materials.
  • Unit 7 (O6) - Reinstatement in hot-lay bituminous materials.
  • Unit 8 (O7) - Reinstatement of concrete slabs.
  • Unit 9 (O8) - Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.

NRSWA Course Operator Unit Combinations:

  • Excavation in the highway. Units 1, 2 and 3.
  • Excavation, backfilling and reinstatement of construction layers with a cold-lay bituminous surface. Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Reinstatement of construction layers in hot-lay and cold-lay bituminous materials. Units 1, 2, 6 and 7.
  • Reinstatement of concrete slabs. Units 1, 2 and 8.
  • Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways. Units 1, 2 and 9.
  • Signing, lighting and guarding. Unit 2 only.


This category also includes streetworks courses for operative re-assessment.

NRSWA Reassessment Courses

NRSWA Reassessment or Requalification courses are for Operatives who have successfully completed the full Unit courses but are close to the five-year expiry limit on their NRSW Card or individual unit Certification. Please see our NRSWA Reassessment Courses – Operatives section if you need to sit a Reassessment NRSWA streetworks course.

Please note that whilst Reassessment courses can be taken up to five years after the expiry date on a NRSW card, the Operative will not be qualified to do their streetworks until they have successfully passed the Reassessment course. If more than five years has elapsed since the expiry date, they will be required to take the full NRSWA courses pertaining to their role again.

Important Note on NRSWA Scheme Rules for Operative/Supervisor Dual Cards

If you have successfully completed an NRSWA Operative Course and then carry out an NRSWA Supervisor course at a later date, or vice versa, you will be issued with a dual card, but this dual card will have an expiry date for the course that was completed first. For example, you complete an operative course with a five-year expiry, and then a year later you complete a supervisor course, the dual card issued by The Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR) will have an expiry date of five years from the operative course which has the earliest expiry date, not the expiry date of the supervisor course. If you wish to obtain a full 5-year card rather than a dual card for a qualification you will need to contact SWQR on 0345 213 5000 prior to taking a course to inform them that you wish to forfeit the original qualification.

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