About SWQR

The Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR) is maintained in Glasgow, at the invitation of the Department for Transport. The SWQR holds details of qualified Supervisors and Operatives who have gained the appropriate qualifications in relation to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA).

Under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, the installation, renewal, maintenance and inspection of underground apparatus in any street or road must be under the control of competent people.

If you are working, or supervising works, in the highway you could be required to hold one or more of the Street Works qualifications, depending on your job role. There are sixteen units of competence for Operatives and Supervisors. Nine units are applicable to Operatives and eight to Supervisors. One of these units (Unit 001 (LA)) applies to both groups. Details of the Street Works Scheme structure can be found on our Qualifications Breakdown for England & Scotland and Qualifications Breakdown for N.Ireland & Wales.

Awarding bodies, appointed by the Government: Certified Awarding Body for the Water Industry, SQACity & Guilds and LANTRA work closely with the Street Works Qualifications Register so that each qualified Supervisor or Operative can be issued with a durable card (which can be produced on site if necessary) to show that he/she is in possession of the appropriate qualification(s).

The Street Works Scheme is delivered through approved assessment centres. If you would like details of how to set up a Street Works centre please see our training provider tab. If you would like a list of training providers in your area, or you have any queries about the scheme content or delivery, please contact any of the relevant awarding bodies. Details are on the contact page.

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