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NRSW Signing, Lighting & Guarding for Supervisors – Novice (S1)


New road and street works are everywhere across the UK, keeping our roads safe and traffic moving. With so much reliance on quality, time, and safety of our roads and infrastructure, the works are subject to legislation that provides a compulsory framework for new roads and street works activities.

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) sets out objectives to:

  • Ensure safety
  • Minimise inconvenience to people using a street
  • Reduce inconvenience to people with a disability
  • Protect the structure of the road and the apparatus in it

Overseeing works and monitoring the teams working on these often high-risk projects is a fundamental role on-site and one that requires acute attention to safety. A critical part of these works is preparation, with signage, lighting and guarding measures vital to overall site safety. But, it’s more than a few lights and the odd sign here and there, and supervisors on-site need to know what must happen and where.

This Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry (CABWI) certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of this novice NRSWA Unit 10 Signing, Lighting and Guarding - Supervisors (S1) course. It is primarily aimed at Supervisors who have never worked on the highways and must now monitor the erection of signing, lighting and guarding for work on the roadways and highways.

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, focusing on signage, lighting and guarding measures throughout.

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, with a written assignment and multiple-choice theory test leading to CABWI unit accreditation.

A training group will contain a mix of both Supervisors and Operatives; however, with at least two operatives available for Supervisors to carry out monitoring exercises to aid and assess their development.

Course Programme

This training is essential for supervisors to learn the legislative framework, practical actions they must take, safety principles and more in overseeing NRSW signage, lighting and guarding measures. In addition, delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • New Roads and Street Works Act
  • Basic principles of signing, lighting and guarding
  • Traffic control measures
  • Practical use of the Code of Practice
  • Portable traffic lights
  • Practical use of equipment
  • 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 CABWI standards
  • Identify and use correct traffic control measures
  • Monitor the erection and dismantling of signing, lighting and guarding safely following the supporting Code of Practice
  • Monitor proper use of the equipment used by operatives
Who Should Attend?

This CABWI Certification is for supervisors who have never worked on the highways and are now required to monitor signing, lighting and guarding for work on the roadways and highways.

Course Duration

This two-day comprehensive course assesses delegates in understanding the challenges, processes and protocols of New Road and Street Works preparation and monitor operatives in their duty of care.

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We work tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

We proudly work with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies providing courses nationwide. As a CABWI approved training provider, we deliver The Street Works scheme through our accredited centres in our custom-built, real-world training facilities, offering safe and realistic training simulations. 

Serving the sector for nearly 20 years, our dedicated trainers provide expert knowledge and occupational experience to deliver NRSW Courses. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 45,000 delegates across the New Roads and Street Works (NRSW) training category.

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.

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

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