I work on the roads, what training do I need?

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If you are working on the roads, whether you are digging up the roads, reinstating or just need to barrier of an area while you are cutting a tree or working in a distribution board. There are 9 different units for the operative training. If you are the one who is going to be carrying out the digging/ setting out work, you will need to complete the NRSWA Operative training. If you aren’t going to be doing any of the setting out or digging but have been told that you need a NRSWA ticket you will need to complete the NRSWA Supervisor course. If you have completed your Supervisor card you aren’t covered to be an Operative.

NRSWA Operative units are as follows;

001 – Location & avoidance of underground apparatus
002 – Signing, lighting and guarding
003 – Excavation in the highway
004 – Reinstatement & compaction of backfill materials
005 – Reinstatement of sub base & road in non bituminous materials
006 – Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
007 – Reinstatement of hot lay bituminous materials (subject to centre)
008 – Reinstatement of concrete slabs (subject to centre)
009 – Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

The NRSWA Supervisor units are;

001 – Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
010 – Monitoring, signing, lighting and guarding
011 – Monitoring excavation in the highway
012 – Monitoring reinstatement & compaction of backfill layer
013 – Monitoring reinstatement of sub and road base in non bituminous material
014 – Monitoring reinstatement of bituminous materials (may not be included in the course)
015 – Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs (may not be included in the course)
016 – Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

We run the NRSWA courses UK wide at training centres. The unit combinations vary at each of the training centres, the most popular unit combination on the Operative training is units 1-6+ 9 and then on the Supervisors 1, 10- 14+ 16. To complete those units it works out as a 5 day course. You can check prices, locations and dates on the NRSWA Operative or the NRSWA Supervisor pages. Bookings can be made direct on our website as well.

If you have any questions about NRSWA training, which course is suitable for you or to find out when the soonest is that you can get booked onto a course please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards,

PSS Training Team

0845 130 7411

20 Responses to “I work on the roads, what training do I need?”

  1. Malick taal

    I want to do the NRSWA course.

    Reply
    • Kat Ely

      Hi Malick,

      If you email your NRSWA training course enquiry across to [email protected] or give us a call on 0800 0213 263 then we can let you know further details.

      Kind Regards,

      PSS Training Team.

      Reply
  2. Andrew Lynn

    I am a cable jointer and do no excavation work, can I just do unit 2 , sign lighting and guarding.

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    • Kat Ely

      Hi Andrew,

      It does depend on what your local authority stipulate that you must complete, as well as the main contractor on site.

      If you are only needing to set out the signs, barriers and cones and completing no excavation work it would sound like its only unit 2, but its best for you to check with the above.

      If you have any other questions please get back in touch with the training team.

      Kind Regards, Kat.

      Reply
  3. Michael

    I have unit 2 signing lighting and gaurding am I allowed to work on a main 60 mph (A road ) road assuming its not traffic sensitive and i have correct size signage

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Michael,

      No, I’m afraid the NRSWA card wouldn’t cover you for duel carriageways, if the A road is a single you should be ok but always check with your local authority, you’d need to look into a LANTRA course.

      Hope that helps,
      Sam

      Reply
  4. Bill thomas

    Hi can you please help I’m trying to find out if I’m able to put out a high speed tm ie closer on a local A road that is 60mph or does it only cover me 30 mph only
    As only hold a NRSWA unit 01 ( unit 2 )

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Bill,

      A NRSWA card will only cover you on single carriage roads. Sounds like you may need the LANTRA qualification.

      Let me know if there’s anything else we can help with.
      Sam

      Reply
  5. Neil collihole

    I have a street works card for lights signs and barriers. Which course do I need to be able to dig on the roads please and how much is the course?

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Neil,

      I would advise you to take the NRSWA Streetworks Operative course. The course will allow you to gain a City & Guild certificate for each unit and a Streetworks card ticket which will indicate your units of competence – this will be valid for a total of five years.

      The NRSWA Streetworks Operative course is required due to The New Roads and Street Works Act which requires anyone who executes, works for, or on behalf of a utility company, is qualified for the activities being carried out. Any street works site must have at least one qualified operative on site at all times during works, and the site must have a qualified supervisor appointed to the site who can oversee the works.

      In terms of the cost of the course – this can range depending on what training centre you would like to attend, or if you would like to book a trainer to come to your venue. However, feel free to have a look at our website and the various locations available where our courses are held – please see the link below.

      https://projss.co.uk/courses/nrswa-streetworks-operative/

      Alternatively, you can call our sales teams where you can get a quote. The sales team phone number is 0800 0213 263 – they’ll be happy to help you and book your course! I hope I have helped you with your query and feel free to ask any questions as needed.

      Here at Project Skills Solutions we aim to provide you with the best learning experience possible!

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  6. Mike brown

    Hi there
    I have recently passed my streetworks card and have a road closure which involves me going on a A road to put signs out am i allowed on this road as other people have told me i cant as i haven’t the right ticket to do so

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Mike,

      Many thanks for your comment. Furthermore, in relation to your query your Street Works card will not allow you to put road signs out on duel-carriageways.

      In order for you to have this right, you will need to take a lantra course which will give you authority to do this. However we do not provide lantra courses here at Project Skills Solutions. I would advise you to seek for a training provider who does provide the courses.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  7. David

    What cards do I need to work on the roads putting crones out

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your comment. If you will be solely working on roads and putting cones out, you will need a yellow Streetworks card which you can attain after completing the NRSWA Unit 2 Signing, Lighting and Guarding course. Here at Project Skill Solutions we offer a range of Streetworks courses, including the NRSWA Unit 2, Signing, Lighting and Guarding course. For further information or if you would like to book your course please click here.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  8. Anthony Mitchell

    I hold my unit 2 lighting and guarding qualification. You mention that this covers you for roads up to 50mph but I have been asked to set up traffic signals on a 60mph single carriageway as the red book covers this. I am a bit confused could you point me to the info that specifies that unit 2 does not cover you for 60 mph roads as I am agency and do not want to turn down work without just cause. thank you

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Anthony,

      Thank you for your comment. As a guideline it usually states the Unit 2 Signing, Lighting and Guarding course covers roads up to 50 mph, however it can also be up to 60 mph on single carriage ways. I would advise you to contact the local council if you would like validation on this matter. In addition, please feel free to call us on 0800 0213 264 to speak with a member from our training team, who will be happy to clarify any concerns you have.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  9. Carol Higgins

    Hi
    My husband has been offered a job as a site auditor, does he just need unit 2 for signing, lighting and guarding?

    Reply
    • Nisha Dhingra

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your comment. Your query will depend on whether your husband will be working or supervising the setting out of traffic lights, signs, cones and barriers in compliance with NRSWA. If his job role will require him to work on the roads he will need the Unit 2 Signing, Lighting and Guarding course. If he will be supervising the roads, he will need the Unit 10 Signing, Lighting and Guarding course.

      For further information please feel free to call on 0800 0213 264 and a member from our training team will be happy to help you.

      I hope I have been able to help.

      Kind regards,

      Nisha

      Reply
  10. Adrian curtis

    My company I work for hire traffic lights out and asked me to do a battery change with out training or working on roads without training. I refused is this correct for me to do so as I didn’t feel comfortable doing the job. I was thinking more the lights going down and having to set them up with out knowledge by myself.

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi Adrian,

      Legally in most situations setting out traffic lights, signs and cones you need a streetworks card. If you don’t have one they shouldn’t be asking you to do it.

      Even in situations where you don’t need a card, your employer is responsible for ensuring you are adequately trained to do the task they’re asking you to do. If something went wrong the HSE would want to see evidence of your competence.

      Generally speaking, if you aren’t comfortable doing something, don’t do it. It’s not worth putting yourself in harms way.

      If there’s anything else please let me know, and stay safe.
      Sam

      Reply

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