NRSWA New Roads and Street works Training Course

Good roads and streets are central to modern life; they allow us to travel easily and transport goods effectively. However, these infrastructures can only be maintained in a good state through the services of skilled and qualified road construction workers.

Such workers need a safe environment to work in. Besides, the construction sites also need to be secured to ensure the well being of other road and street users. As such, those who carry out road construction works have to obtain the right training so as to carry out their duties safely and competently. It is for such reason that New Roads and Street Works Act NRSWA training is offered at Central Construction Training Ltd.

Apart from road construction, road workers are in charge of many other tasks. They have to make certain that the site is suitable for road construction; and this is achieved by testing and sampling. They also have to prepare the site upfront to enable a more efficient process once the project begins. Other than that, these workers are the individuals tasked to maintain the roads so that they remain in a usable state throughout.

New Roads and Streetworks Training is a necessity for any employee who may be involved in working on, or adjacent to the public highways as defined by regulations supportive to the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991 (NRSWA).

The NRSWA provides an efficient framework of road and street works; they aim to ensure safety, minimise inconvenience to pedestrians and protect the street itself, as well as the apparatus in it.

At Central Construction Training Ltd we offer the full range of modules from Sign, Light & Guarding to Location and Avoidance of underground Apparatus as well as the full 5 day Operative and Supervisor NRSWA training course.

  • Operatives Units 1-6 & 9
  • Supervisor Units 1 & 10-14
  • Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus Unit 1
  • Signing, Lighting & Guarding Operative Unit 2
  • Signing, Lighting & Guarding Supervisor Unit 10

NRSWA Training – The Law

Both the workers who supervise and those who carry out the construction operations have courses suited to help them meet the requirements stipulated in the New Road and Street works Act. NRSWA training is basically designed to ensure that anyone involved in roads constructions is qualified to take part in those activities.


The Law requires that at least 1 operative in every squad must have gained the required qualifications in the aspect of the work being undertaken.


The Law requires that there must be at least one qualified supervisor available to supervise in the aspect of the work being undertaken.

All candidates will be trained and tested by one of Central Construction Training’s fully accredited, expert tutors.

On completion of the 5 days Operatives and Supervisors course the candidate will be issued with an NRSWA Certificate and Card. Whenever a card expires, a street worker who has previously taken a course in NRSWA may need to go through a reassessment in order to have their card renewed. The NRSWA card remains valid for five years from the time it is issued.

We aim to offer a bespoke service to all our clients. If you require additional units or something different we will be glad to offer assistance.

For further enquiries or to book a place on one of our courses please contact our Training Team on 0845 366 5453 or email us at

New Roads & Streetworks (NRSWA) Units

  • Unit 1                   Location and avoidance of underground apparatus
  • Unit 2                   Signing, Lighting & Guarding
  • Unit 3                   Excavation in the Highway
  • Unit 4                   Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
  • Unit 5                   Reinstatement of sub-base and roadbase in non-bituminous materials
  • Unit 6                   Reinstatement in cold-lay bituminous materials
  • Unit 7                   Reinstatement in hot-lay bituminous materials
  • Unit 8                   Reinstatement of concrete slabs
  • Unit 9                   Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways
  • Unit 10                 Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding
  • Unit 11                 Monitoring excavation in the highway
  • Unit 12                 Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials
  • Unit 13                 Monitoring reinstatement of sub-bade and roadbase in non-bituminous materials
  • Unit 14                 Monitoring reinstatement in bituminous materials
  • Unit 15                 Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs
  • Unit 16                 Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways

NRSWA Training – Safer Work Environment

Road works are physically demanding and the workers may also get exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos and toxic fumes. Injuries are also a common occurrence in this type of work. Going through NRSWA training, however, puts them in a better position to deal with such issues since they are able to acquire information on how to maintain overall safety in the course of the construction project.

In order to be compliant with the stipulations of NRSWA, there are some safety issues that road workers have to adhere to. They must for instance ensure that the guarding, signage and lighting on the site is in place throughout. Also, the signs used during the construction works have to be firmly secured so that they are not blown over or hit. In using such signs, the first warning sign should be positioned at a far enough distance from the worksite in order to caution other road users early enough, so the safety of the workers is not put at stake.

Workers are in addition required to have a designated work area and if the works are being done on a two way road, the signs used have to be positioned for the traffic coming from both sides. Aside from that, the act also requires all personnel on the site to wear reflective jackets or waistcoats in order to ensure high visibility at all times .There are many other issues that have to be looked into by the personnel involved in road constructions, and such information can be acquired through NRSWA training.