NRSWA Operatives Course - New Roads and Street Works Act

NRSWA (New Roads & Street Works Act) Operatives Course


The NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works) Operatives Course is necessity for any employee who is actively working on or adjacent to the public highways as defined by regulations supportive to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

This safety course will assess qualified experienced operatives on their ability to perform duties to the standards prescribed in the SQA, in order to safeguard themselves and others around them. If you are unsure whether your current level of experience is suitable for entrance onto this course, please call us before booking your place.

This construction training course covers the procedures and guidelines for working on roads and highways. The qualification is targeted at those who are employed by local authorities, utilities companies or contractors and are carrying out work on roads, highways or on footpaths. It is essential that those who are working on public highways or even adjacent to them take the relevant NRSWA training courses and achieve the required qualification. It is through this range of qualified training and competence that accidents are avoided and road fatalities are reduced.

In addition to bringing relevant PPE, students will need to take 2 passport size photographs for the card application.  A basic comprehension of the English Language is essential.


At the end of the NRSWA Operatives Course delegates will be aware of: -

  • The Health and Safety legislation and their obligations under this NRSW Act.
  • PPE & Safety equipment required to carry out street work activities
  • Safe working practices and methods.
  • Reference documentation used within the Highways Industry.


The NRSWA Course for Operatives will cover the following units: -

LA - Location & avoidance of underground services
Unit 01 - Signing, Lighting & Guarding
Unit 02 - Excavation in the highway. Specifications, techniques, road types, materials
Unit 03 - Reinstatement & compaction of backfill materials
Unit 04 - Reinstatement of non-bituminous sub-base & road-base materials
Unit 05 - Laying practices and reinstatement of cold lay bituminous materials. Specification & types of materials.
Unit 08 - Reinstatement of modular surfaces & concrete footways


Students are continually assessed and required to complete a test at the end of each unit.  This is a highly interactive course with group exercises, continuous discussions and practical assessments taking place each day. 

Who Should Attend?

This NRSWA Training course is designed for NRSWA operatives who physically carry out the work on the roadways and highways. This includes excavation, backfill and reinstatement of materials during street works.

Suggested Progression

Delegates may choose to progress to the NRSWA Supervisors course


National Roads and Street Works Act


Attendees of this course are required to be an experienced operative with the ability to perform duties to the standards prescribed in the SQA. If you are unsure whether your current level of experience is suitable for entrance onto this course, please call us before booking your place.

A basic comprehension of the English Language is essential

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