NRSWA Unit 1 (LA ) -

Location and Avoidance of Underground Services

Course Overview:

SQA certified - Operatives and Supervisors

Intended for operatives and/or supervisors involved in road and streetworks.

The course will cover all areas of the New Roads & Streetworks Act for Location & Avoidance of Underground Services. Combining teaching with practical assessment delegates will undertake recognised training and assessment.


A suitable location where the candidate can demonstrate competence locating a range of services, either on or off site. Cable locator (signal generator optional) and Utility plans to include BT, Gas, Water and Electric cables. A minimum of three services to locate and trace, i.e. BT, Gas, Water and Electric cables. A range of services for the candidate to identify, both damaged and undamaged. This range should include all mentioned in the standards as well as the more modern ones.

Course Content:

The candidate must be able to: • Interpret the utility plans and point out on the ground where the services are and interpret the symbols on the plans. • Recognise a range of services commonly found when carrying out excavations. • Identify the risks of damage to services and the implications of such damage to Gas, Water and Electricity. • Use cable location equipment to find and trace underground services. (At least three to include BT and Electric cables). • Describe the services that cannot be found with conventional cable location equipment. • Conduct the activities safely. • Provide sufficient knowledge evidence by way of oral or written questions.

Candidates applying for Re-registration are reminded that SWQR cards are valid for 5 years, and you can apply to renew your card anytime during that 5 years and up to 5 years after the card validity date.


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