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NRSWA Unit 2 signing, lighting and guarding training course from Project Skills Solutions

NRSWA Unit O1 (was Unit 2) Signing, Lighting and Guarding

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Operative Signing, Lighting and Guarding

The NRSWA Unit O1 (previously called the Unit 2 course) is a 1-day course for street works operators that set up signing, lighting and guarding only. If you carry out the excavation and reinstatement of the road as well as put out signing, lighting and guarding, then you will need to complete the full NRSWA operative course.

If you supervise the setting up of signing, lighting and guarding then you will need the NRSWA Unit S1 course.

NRSWA Operative Signing, Lighting and Guarding - Key Information

What will I learn on the NRSWA Unit O1 Signing, Lighting and Guarding Course?

You will be taught how to:

  • Produce a plan of an intended site showing the position of signs, guarding and traffic signals. The plan must include all relevant distances, sizes, and dimensions required.
  • Produce a list of equipment for the intended site.
  • Position, test, adjust, commission and decommission temporary traffic signals.
  • Conduct the activities safely wearing the appropriate safety wear.

Our prices include:

  • Certificates

  • Exams

  • Course materials

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  • Interactive group activities

  • Immediate results and feedback

  • Meet others in your industry

New unit codes

On 6th April 2017 new regulations came into force in England for NRSWA qualifications, for the full regulations visit The changes won’t affect delegates much at all.

The key changes are:

  • New unit codes, instead of Units 1 – 9 for your Operative course the codes will be LA (for location & avoidance of underground apparatus) and O1-O8 for the remaining units.
  • There is no requirement to hold any particular combination of (non-key) certificates.
  • Once it comes time to renew, your old style certificates will be automatically converted to the new style.
  • Each certificate will have its own expiry date – there will no longer be a card expiry date.
  • You can take a re-assessment course up to 5 years after your certificates have expired – as soon as they expire though you are not qualified to undertake the work.
  • The changes will not affect your existing certificates or streetworks cards – they will remain valid until they expire.

Equipment to bring on the day

You will be learning on a live site during your course. Therefore, you will be required to wear protective clothing. Requirements vary by location, and some centres can be more accommodating but typically you are required to bring:

  • Fluorescent Jacket Long-sleeve
  • Overalls/Work Clothes (shorts not allowed)
  • Gloves
  • Safety Boots
  • Waterproof Clothing
  • Goggles
  • Hard Hat

If you do not have access to any of this equipment/clothing please let us know, call or chat with our team and they will help.

You will be asked to provide photo ID on your course, such as a passport or driver’s license, please bring this with you.

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Assessment and Certification

You will complete an assessment consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions with 45 minutes in which to answer them. You will pass the unit if you achieve a score of 80% or more.

Successful completion of the NRSWA Operative Signing, Lighting and Guarding training course results in you gaining a City & Guild, SQA or CABWI (location dependant) certificate and a Street works card or ‘Ticket’ valid for 5 years.
NRSWA training courses are mainly practical, but you will have some written work.

You can prepare for your NRSWA Streetworks course by trying our practice quiz using the link below.

Entry Requirements & Special Considerations

There are no formal entry requirements to complete NRSWA Signing, Lighting and Guarding training. However, you must be literate and able to read and write in English in order to understand the course content and complete the exam successfully.

Different awarding bodies for NRSWA qualifications have different rules about special considerations for delegates:

The delegate must be literate and be able to read and write in English – SQA Awarding Body
The delegate can have a reader this would be the trainer or a member of staff at the training school – City and Guilds Awarding Body

If you have any questions or concerns regarding support during the course, please contact our team.

Courses related to NRSWA O1 Signing, Lighting and Guarding

View other courses below related to the operative signing. lighting and guarding course, including the supervisor equivalent and reassessment courses:

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions we frequently get asked about our NRSWA training courses.

Are there age restrictions to the NRSWA course?

You have to be 16 or over to attend an NRSWA course. However if you are 16 or 17, you will need written consent from a parent or guardian to attend the course.

How long does the NRSWA training last for?

The NRSWA certificates and card are valid for 5 years. Once your card has expired, you will need to refresh your training with the re-assessment up to 5 years after your card has expired. We run these courses weekly, UK-wide. To book give our team a call on 0800 0213 263 or book online.  

Do I have to complete all of the NRSWA units or can I pick and choose?

You do not have to complete all of the NRSWA units, for example if you only need to complete just unit LA or unit O1 you can book onto this no problem. We generally don't book delegates onto other combinations of units for example units O1-O3 or 1, S1- S4 for example, as this takes the place of a 5-day individual. In many cases it also works out more cost effective for you to book on the full course as you will get the extra units for not that much of an extra cost.

I have done the NRSWA Operative course, but now I need the Supervisors course.

If you have previously completed the NRSWA Operative course and it is still in date, you can then complete the NRSWA Supervisors course, you will then receive a white card. You have to be either an operative or a supervisor on site, you can't be down as both as you can't be the operative then supervise yourself, but you can hold both qualifications. You won't have to re-sit unit 01 or LA (as these are the same for both operatives and supervisors) so when booking on, let us know that you have previously completed these units. You will need to bring your existing card along to the course with you.

If I do the NRSWA Supervisor course, can I do the operatives work?

No, if you complete the NRSWA Supervisor training course you can only supervise to make sure that the operative has carried out the work correctly. You are not trained to carry out the operatives work. If you wish to be able to do both roles, you will need to complete both courses (you can not be an operative and a supervisor on the same site or supervise your own work).

What NRSWA course do I need?

Operative or Supervisor? Full course or individual unit? We want to make sure you book the course that you need, if you are unsure what course you need, click here to find out.

Why do the NRSWA courses have different durations and prices at each location?

This is because we offer different units at each location.
Brochures for NRSWA Unit O1 (was Unit 2) Signing, Lighting and Guarding

Please download the course overview brochure below, easy to print and email if you need to share course information with a manager or colleague.

NRSWA Unit O1 Overview

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Streetworks Update Sheet 2017

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