Unit 011 Monitoring Excavation in the Highway

Course Aim:

This unit is required by construction/utility supervisors who, under the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991, are required to demonstrate their competence in Monitoring excavation work, being carried out by operatives, working in the public highway.

Supervisors must be experienced and currently employed in working on Public Highways, as this unit predominately focuses on assessment.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify different types of footway and carriageway
  • Monitor operatives who are excavating in the highway
  • Explain how underground apparatus, exposed during excavation, must be correctly supported & protected.
  • Explain how to select and store excavated materials for re-use as backfill
  • Monitor site safety


  • Safe use of disc cutter or road saw safely to cut the full depth of the surfacing layers, straight and with no over cutting. The appropriate personal protective equipment must also be selected and worn.
  • Removal, cleaning and stacking of modular paving.
  • Safe use pneumatic road breaker to break-up the surfacing layers safely. The appropriate personal protective equipment must also be selected and worn.
  • Excavating trenches with appropriate tools and select material for reuse or disposal.
  • Excavation techniques to prevent damage to exposed services.
  • Identifying the types of carriageways and construction layers for flexible, composite, rigid and modular carriageways and flexible, rigid and modular footways.
  • Supporting and protecting underground services.
  • Identifying a range of backfill materials classes A, B, C, D and E.

Course Duration:  6.5 hours contact time i.e. one day [for very experienced operatives]
[Note: this unit is normally run in combination with other units]
Type of Certificate:  Competence based, valid for ‘5’ years
Accreditations:  CGLI or CABWI or SCOTVEC

Course Enquiry:

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