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NRSW Signing, Lighting & Guarding for Operatives - Novice (O1)


New road and street works are everywhere across the UK, keeping our roads safe and traffic moving. In addition, they play a significant role in the supply chain to keep deliveries and haulage moving and maintain our constant supply of living basics like gas and electricity. 

A lot of preparation goes into NRSW, with signing, lighting and guarding duties absolutely critical to ensure operative and public safety. As such, training is required to ensure these duties are done safely and follow the NRSW Act regulations.

This CABWI certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of  Signing, Lighting & Guarding – Novice Operatives (O1). It is primarily aimed at operatives who have never worked on the highway and prepare them to carry out these activities as part of their role.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical, video, and classroom-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover legislative and administrative knowledge and awareness while taking part in practical tuition to learn signing, lighting and guarding measures correctly.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from training in our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach to how we do business.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced educators will assess delegates in this two-day course, awarding successful delegates a CABWI unit accreditation.

Course Programme

This novice training is essential for operatives with no highway experience who need to erect signing, lighting and guarding for work on the roadways and highways. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes; 

  • The New Roads and Street Works Act
  • Basic principles of signing, lighting and guarding
  • Traffic control measures and when to use them
  • Practical use of the Code of Practice
  • Portable traffic lights and when to use them
  • Practical use of equipment for street works and new roads
  • Using Stop and Go, boards
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Understand the basic principles of the NRSW Act and standards following CABWI
  • Identify and use correct appropriate traffic control measures
  • Erect and dismantle signing, lighting and guarding safely following the Code of Practice
  • Correctly and confidently operate the signage, lighting and guarding equipment

Once the delegate has their CABWI certificate, we will then send off for their SWQR card, which will enable them to gain access to the site.

Who Should Attend?

This Novice Signing, Lighting and Guarding training course is for operatives who have never worked on the highways and need to erect signing, lighting and guarding for work on the roadways and highways as part of their job role.

Course Duration

This two-day comprehensive course trains delegates to understand the challenges, processes and protocols of New Road and Street Works operations and regulations.

Why Citrus?
Things You Need to Know

This CABWI Certified course has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations, or take any medication, which may create difficulties in taking this training course. 

Delegates need to provide a passport photograph on the day of training so we can issue their SWQR Cards. 

Popular FAQ's

This course is only available in English. Translators are not allowed under the CABWI exam condition rules.

There is a five year grace period once the card has expired; however, please be aware you are not permitted to work on-site with an expired card.

No, this training can only take place at an accredited training centre.

This qualification is valid for five years.

The Operatives qualification is for delegates who do the job (setting out lights and digging, for example). Supervisors can ONLY supervise the Operatives and cannot do the physical job. Therefore, the Supervisor qualification DOES NOT qualify delegates to be an operative as well.

Depending on the awarding body, certificates and cards can vary, usually taking six-eight weeks.

No, you will need a dual card to do this. You will need to do the operative and supervisor courses if you need both.

No, you will need your SWQR card to gain access to site.

There will be a 30-minute refresher per unit before each exam unit is taken.

No, as there are mandatory practical elements delegates must complete.

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