This Course:

Is designed for Operatives involved in the excavation and reinstatement of openings in the public highway. The qualification is a legal requirement for “statutory undertakers” (ie Utility Contractors) and for those working under section 50 licenses (Drainage works etc). The qualification is also often specified by client organisations and local authorities when appointing contractors for works involving excavation or reinstatement of the highway for other purposes.


The open course offered by TQ Exel is 5 Days and comprises Units 101 to 107 plus 109.


At the end of the full course the Candidate SHOULD: Be aware of the training and assessment process for a Streetworks Operative under this City & Guilds 6156 scheme. Be aware of the Health and Safety legislation and their obligations under this Act. Be aware of safe working practices and methods. Be aware of reference documentation used within the Highways Industry. Be able to carry out Streetworks to the standards set down in the Act. Be able to use hand and power tools for the purpose of such works, including Portable Traffic Signal Systems. Be able to read and understand site plans for the purpose of identifying underground / overhead apparatus. Be able to use locating equipment for the purpose of detecting underground apparatus. Be able to set up a site to protect workers and members of the public.

Additional Notes:

  • Each unit of competence is assessed by Observation of Practical
  • Activities and Online Testing.
  • Some units require the candidates to produce sketches.
  • Some units require the candidates to carry out risk assessments.
  • Basic comprehension of the English Language is necessary.

Awarding Body:

City and Guilds Certification leading to registration with the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR)

Full list of Units of Competence for Operatives:

101 (LA) Location and avoidance of underground apparatus.
102 (O1) Signing, lighting and guarding (Traffic Management).
103 (O2) Excavation in the Highway.
104 (O3) Reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials.
105 (O4) Reinstatement of sub-base and road base in non-bituminous materials.
106 (O5) Reinstatement of cold-lay bituminous materials.
107 (O6) Reinstatement of hot-lay bituminous materials.
108 (O7) Reinstatement of concrete slab.
109 (O8) Reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.