NRSWA Operatives units 1-6 & 9

This programme is designed for operatives who carry out excavation, backfill and reinstatement of various materials for undertaking street works.

Course overview 

To provide delegates with the skills and knowledge to perform operative duties to the standards prescribed by SQA in-line with the NRSWA Act 1991, in order to safeguard themselves and others. A light lunch will be provided to delegates attending this course.

Who should attend: This programme is designed for Operatives who carry out excavation, backfill and reinstatement of various materials for undertaking street works.

Number of Delegates: Max number 8 per course

Duration: 1-5 Days (subject to units)

Course content:

  • Location of underground apparatus.
  • Signing, lighting and guarding.
  • Excavation in the highway.
  • Reinstatement of compaction and backfill materials.
  • Reinstatement of sub-base and road base nonbituminous materials.
  • Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials.
  • Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.
  • By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Summarise the requirements of the NRSW Act 1991
  • Select appropriate personal protective and safety equipment as required to carry out street works activities.
  • Perform duties of each unit and/or qualification as prescribed by SQA standards in-line with current legislation, and ACOP where applicable.
  • Provide a safe working environment for themselves and others.


Final Qualification: Courses are available in units 001 - 006 and 009 and A separate certificate is issued for each unit. In addition, various combinations of the units will lead to a full Street Works qualification for which an SWQR card will be awarded.

Additional information:

A high proportion of group exercises with continuous oral and practical assessments, supplemented with video and classroom based tutorials. A training group may contain a mix of both operatives and supervisors. Sessions will be varied within the overall framework to allow the most effective development of the candidate. Delegates attending this course should be physically and mentally fit to withstand the rigours of training. Training may be permitted at your own location subject to approval by the awarding body (further information is available on request).