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The New Roads And Street Works Act 1991 places a duty to ensure that work involving the installation of, renewal, maintenance and inspection of underground apparatus in any street or road is under the control of competent persons.


The carrying out of street works must be supervised by a person having a prescribed qualification as a 'supervisor'. A 'trained operative' must also be present on the site at all times when the work is in progress.

What is a prescribed qualification?
The Street Works ( Qualification of Supervisors and Operatives ) Regulations 1992 and the Roads Works ( Qualifications of Supervisors and Operatives ) ( Scotland ) Regulations 1992 which came into force in August 1992 defined the prescribed qualifications for various types and combinations of work.

The Regulations define these in general as possession of a certificate of competence issued by an approved body, plus registration of that certificate in an approved register. The Regulations detail the qualifications for both supervisors and operatives by reference to the various units of competence in which they will be assessed.


Qualifications for 'supervisors'
LA    Location and Avoidance of underground apparatus.
S1    Monitoring Signing, Lighting and Guarding.
S2    Monitoring excavation in the road/highway.
S3    Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials.
S4    Monitoring reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non bituminous materials.
S5    Monitoring reinstatement of bituminous materials.
S6    Monitoring reinstatement of concrete slabs.
S7    Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.

Qualification for 'trained operatives'
O1    Signing, Lighting and Guarding.
O2    Excavation in the road/highway.
O3    Reinstatement and compaction of back-fill materials.
O4    Reinstatement of sub-base and road-base in non bituminous materials.
O5    Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials.
O6    Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials.
O7    Reinstatement of concrete slabs.
O8    Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.

A person may not act as both a supervisor and a trained operative for the type of work for which the person 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 it's various stages. There is, however, no limit to the number of qualifications that may be held by one person. A supervisor qualification does not qualify the holder to work as a qualified operative and vice versa.

How are the assessments carried out?
Assessments for the qualifications are carried out by approved assessment centres. Each qualification comprises a number of Units of Competence covering specific work operations. The candidate is separately assessed in individual units until they have met the requirement for a qualification.

How are the qualified persons identified?

A Street Works Qualifications Register containing details of the qualifications awarded by all awarding bodies is maintained by SQA. Each person included in the register is issued with a personal identity card showing the qualification or qualifications held by that person.

We are able to offer these courses in conjunction with a nationally recognised training provider. 

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