New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) 1991 – Operative

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for operatives that carry out excavation, backfill and reinstatement of various materials for undertaking of street works who require a SWQR (Street Works Qualification Register) card.

Course Aims & Objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide delegates with the skills and knowledge to perform operative duties in line with the current New Roads and Street Works Act, in order to safeguard themselves and others.

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Understand the requirements of the NRSW Act 1991.
  • Be able to 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 the standards in-line with current legislation.
  • Provide a safe working environment for themselves and others.

Course Outline

The NRSWA (Operatives) training course includes:

LA – Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
O1 – Signing, lighting and guarding
O2 – Excavation in the highway
O3 – Reinstatement and compaction of backfill material
O4 – Reinstatement of sub-base and road base non-bituminous materials
O5 – Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials
O8 – Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

Additional Units (additional days training is required and additional cost):

O6 – Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials
O7 – Reinstatement of concrete slabs


On successful completion of the course and assessments, delegates will receive their certification which is valid for 5 years and will be registered on the Street Works Qualifications Register receiving an SWQR Card.


5 Days


We can offer upcoming open courses for a maximum of 8 delegates (split between operatives and supervisors).

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