NRSWA Street Works Operative – Scotland Transerv

NRSWA Street Works Operative

Course Summary

On this course delegates will gain the skills and knowledge to carry out work to the standards required by the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991. It enable Operatives to gain the necessary qualifications to allow them to carry out their duties on the public highway, ranging from excavation to permanent re-instatement of paved structures.

By law 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.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for Operatives involved in the excavation and reinstatement of openings on public highways. This is a legal requirement for Utility Contractors and for those working under “section 50 licenses” (Drainage works etc).


Assessment for this course consists of practical tasks and observation exercises as well as classroom based theory including written assignments. Operatives and supervisors learn on the same course to replicate a team environment.

To successfully complete the course you will need to have a reasonable level of mobility, the ability to lift and move loads of 25kg and a good understanding of spoken and written English.

This course covers the following units:

  • 001 – Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
  • 002 – Signing, lighting and guarding
  • 003 – Excavation in the Road/Highway
  • 004 – Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
  • 005 – Reinstatement of sub-base and roadbase in non-bituminous materials
  • 006 – Reinstatement in cold lay bituminous materials
  • 007 – Reinstatement in Hot-lay bituminous Materials
  • 009 – Reinstatement of Modular surfaces and concrete footways

Course Objectives

On completion of the course, delegates will be able to work competently and safely out on the public highway to the NRSWA standards.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Health and Safety legislation and their obligations under this Act
  • Safe working practices and methods
  • Carry out works to the standards set down in the Act
  • Use hand and power tools, including Portable Traffic Signal Systems
  •  Read and understand site plans to identify underground / overhead apparatus
  • Use locating equipment for the purpose of detecting underground apparatus
  •  Set up a site to protect workers and members of the public




5 Days

Max No. of Learners

4 (4 Operatives & 4 Supervisors)

Course Delivery

Classroom & Practical Work

Practical Work

Full PPE required, including waterproof clothing, safety boots, gloves and safety specs.