April 2021 Update on SWQR Cards

It has been announced from the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR) who produce the NRSWA cards that the ‘exemption’ from the card enforcement policy will be further extended until 30 September 2021.

Card Enforcement Officers will exercise a degree of leniency, as it is recognised that works must continue, but that card holders may be unable to renew their cards due to assessment centres being closed or delayed from offering the full range of Street Works qualifications. It remains essential that street works do not stop entirely, and some cards will lapse, or replacement cards may not be available through no fault of the holders. This means that you will be able to continue to work if your card has expired since March 2020.

For Operatives or Supervisors whose cards have expired since March 2020, or are due to expire before 30 September 2021, and have been unable to reassess due to the COVID restrictions, you must reassess at the earliest opportunity, please bear in mind that your card is valid for 5 years, and can be reassessed up to 5 years after the card expiry date. For Operatives and Supervisors who hold reregistration cards, please continue to submit your applications as usual, as there is no requirement to attend an assessment centre you can apply to renew your card through the normal process.

Please remember that competent staff are essential to safe sites and this advice does not mean that the requirements for qualified staff on sites has been waived. They should still be able to evidence their card even if it has expired or not been replaced within the terms of this advice.

HR Training regularly hosts NRSWA Reassessment courses both at Leeds and at Wigan. For more information or to book a course, call us on 0333 301 3000.

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