New Roads & Street Works Courses


We offer a range of New Roads & Street Works courses including a standard 5 day programme for Operatives and Supervisors covering Units 001-006 & 009 for Operatives and 001 & 010-014 for Supervisors. We also offer scheduled courses for unit 002/010 Signing, Lighting and Guarding for those only requiring this part of the qualification and New Roads & Street Works Reassessment courses and exams for those needing to requalify.

Skills Training Centre has a purpose built street works facility for training groups of staff at our site in North West London and we provide all of the specialised equipment required for the training courses at our site.

Our instructors have a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience which enables them to deliver a practical hands-on approach to this subject.

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 places a duty on any person or organisation undertaking work involving the installation, renewal, maintenance or inspection of underground apparatus in any street or road to ensure that work is under the control of competent persons. To satisfy the requirements of the Act, work involving breaking up the street must be arranged under the supervision of a person having a prescribed qualification as a supervisor. In addition, whether or not the street is broken up, they must ensure that a person having a prescribed qualification as a trained operative is present on the site at all times when work is in progress.

A person may only act as a supervisor or trained operative for the type of work for which he/she has the relevant qualification. It may, therefore, be necessary for a number of persons having different qualifications to be involved during the progress of the work through its various stages. There is, however, no limit to the number qualifications that may be held by one person.


Those who pass their NRASW Unit Assessments receive City & Guilds 6157 Certificates and qualify to receive a Photo ID Licence from SWQR (The Street Works Licencing Body), this provides details of their qualification and the date they qualified.


On 6 April 2017, new changes came into effect regarding the certificates, cards and their expiry dates.

Important changes to note are that, each certificate (Unit) now has it's own expiry date - there is no longer a single card expiry date. Key certificates (Unit 001 - coded as LA, and Unit 002 - coded as O1 or Unit 010 - coded as S1) will be featured on the front of the SWQR card, while any other certificates will be listed on the back.

The Key certificates will be valid for 5 years. While these key certificates remain valid, other certificates can be added at any time. If the Key certificates have expired, the other certificates will also become invalid until the Key certificates are renewed.

Certificates can be renewed up to 5 years after they have expired by passing a computer based multiple choice test for each certificate. If over 5 years, then the full practical assessment must be undertaken again.

Certificates can be renewed at any time from 12 months before they are due to expire. The remaining period of validity within that year will be added onto the new cards expiry date, i.e. if the certificate still has 4 months remaining before expiry, the new card's 5 year expiry date will then be increased by 4 months. (becoming 5 years and 4 months). This option is useful in allowing certificates with varying expiry dates to all be renewed at the same time.