Frequently Asked Questions

Training Questions

What training Courses are available?

The NHA (National Highways Academy), a brand of the RSMA, is able to provide training to the Road Marking
and wider construction industry. In addition, the NHA is able to work with organisations to identify design
and deliver bespoke training able to address specific business needs.

Course Title

Duration

Health and Safety Topics

Abrasive Wheels

½ Day

Asbestos Awareness

½ Day

Working at Height Awareness

½ Day

Confined Space Awareness

½ Day

Ladder Training

½ Day

Basic Health and Safety

½ Day

Health and Safety Principles

1 Day

Manual Handling Awareness

½ Day

COSHH Awareness

½ Day

Risk Assessment Principles

½ Day

Environmental Awareness

½ Day

Environmental Principles and Best Practice

1 Day

Legionella Awareness

1 Day

Directors and Senior Managers Duties and Responsibilities

1 Day

Fire Marshal Training

½ Day

Fire Warden Training

½ - 1 Day

Fire Extinguisher Training

½ Day

Near Miss Reporting

½ Day

Thermoplastic Operational Safety

1 Day

Safe Vehicle Manoeuvring (Banksman)

½ Day

Miscellaneous Topics

Train the Trainer 1

1 Day

Train the Trainer 2

2 Days

Managing Challenging Behaviours

½ Day

Substance Misuse

½ Day

Work-Related Driving

½ Day

Appreciation of ADR Exemptions

½ Day

Airless Spray Machine (Graco type)

2 Days

Forklift Truck – Counterbalance (In-house competency)

1 Day

Operative Refresher Assessment Scheme (ORAS)

2 Days

Road Marking Specialist Applied-Skills Programme

18 Months

Road Marking NVQ Assessments

-

 

First Aid Topics

Emergency First Aid

1 Day

3 Day First Aid at Work

2 Days

2 Day First Aid at Work Refresher

3 Days

AED Training

½ Day

Electrical First Aid

½ Day

Epi-Pen Training

½ Day

Basic Life Support

½ Day

Accredited Training Courses

IOSH Working Safely

1 Day

IOSH Managing Safely

4 Days

NEBOSH National General Certificate

10 Day Block or 13 Days Day Release

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

5 Day Block or 7 Days Day Release

Where does the training take place?

Training is delivered at the NHA training centre in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire or alternatively, can be delivered at the client premises within mainland UK.

What is the booking process?

Contact us at info@rsma.co.uk or phone +44 (0) 1427 610101 to discuss individual requirements. Our administration team will support you throughout the booking process.

WHY choose the NHA?

We provide training using competent and experienced instructors who maintain a number of quality accreditations to ensure the services they provide support the standards set within the industry.

We continually review and update course content to ensure it remains compliant with current legislation.

Through a joint collaboration with your business, we can design bespoke training packages to meet specific needs.

Certificates are issued on successful course achievement..

What are the costs?

Please see our price list which can be found at (put link) or contact the NHA via phone + 44 (0) 1427610101  or email info@rsma.co.uk for bespoke requirements.

CITB In-scope organisations may be eligible for funding towards training courses. (subject to CITB terms & conditions).

Specialist Applied-Skills Programme Questions

What Is The SAP?

The Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) was formally known as the RSMA Road Marking Apprenticeship scheme.

This SAP is the only Sector Scheme 7 approved training route for new road marking operatives employed by the road marking organisations.

How long does the training take?

The SAP training has a duration of eighteen months.

This period consists of three five days and one three day off-the-job training blocks spread over a twelve- thirteen month period,

The final six months period includes forklift truck training, Trainee portfolio finalisation and an on-site live assessment.

Where is the training located?

Off the job training is delivered at the RSMA training centre located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Final end point assessments will be carried out on a live-site as identified by the candidates employer.

What are the costs?

For CITB In-Scope organisations, £2,145 (+VAT) per Trainee.

For organisations not In-Scope, £6,145.00 (+VAT) per Trainee.

CITB eligibility and grant funding are subject to CITB Terms and Conditions.

What grants are available?

CITB In-Scope organisations that submit a CITB levy return may be eligible for Short Duration grants for  some industry specific SAP modules, including an achievement grant for the Level 2 Diploma.

Organisations who are interested in registering with CITB are advised to contact us at the RSMA as we are able to establish direct contact with the local CITB Manager who is able to advise and support the organisation  during the application process.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Local Authority for information about regional Learning Development Grants.

What is the enrolment process?

We will discuss individual requirements and forward an information pack.

The RSMA schedules 4 new learner intakes in any one calendar year.

Places per intake are limited. Intake is therefore on a first come first served basis.

How are trainees supported by their employer?

The SAP is based on ‘On Site Assessment and Training’ (OSAT), which is designed to allow a Trainee to gain skills and competence during their normal working day. It is therefore essential that employers present  opportunities for the Trainee to develop their skills and that they are encouraged to take ownership of the qualification and its completion.

Following each training block at the RSMA, trainees are set achievement goals, aimed at reflecting the key learning outcomes.

How will trainees be supported by the tutor?

During formal off-the-job training with the RSMA, tutors will provide comprehensive support to each trainee. This will involve classroom and practical exercises designed to foster teamwork and creativity.

Throughout the programme tutors are available during office hours for remote support, advice and guidance. Tutors can be contacted via any of the following; social media, email and phone.

Trainees employed by CITB In-Scope organisations will also be supported by NSAC SAP Officers (formally known as CITB Apprentice Officers).

How will a trainee evidence their work?

Every Trainee will be given a logbook and receive access to their own on-line, cloud based portfolio.

Where a Trainee is unable to access their on-line portfolio, evidence can either be sent to the tutor or retained in the logbook and uploaded by the Trainee during their next training session at the RSMA.

What qualifications will a trainee receive?

Upon completion of the SAP, each Trainee will receive certificates for:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Pavement Marking: Manual Operations;
  • IOSH Working Safely;
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW);
  • RTITB or ITSSAR Counterbalance Fork Lift Truck;
  • Lantra Temporary Traffic Management Basic Course (TTMBC);
  • Lantra 12d-T1, Mobile and Short Duration Works on Rural and Urban Roads;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Safe vehicle manoeuvring (Banksman).

In addition to certification the core of the SAP learning programme will focus on:

  • Industry regulations;
  • Road Marking measurements and standards;
  • ADR Exemptions relating to Road Marking activities;
  • Equipment and vehicle inspections;
  • Safe operation of road marking equipment;
  • Setting out techniques;
  • Thermoplastic hand applied techniques;
  • Pedestrian applicator (Pram);
  • Hand held road marking removal techniques.

 

For Employers who are CITB In-Scope, Trainees will also receive the CITB NSAC Employment Rights and Responsibilities (EER) briefing and certificate during their induction.

ORAS Questions

What Is ORAS?
  • ORAS - Operative Refresher Accreditation Scheme
  • Mandatory under National Highway Sector Scheme No. 7
  • Administered through the National Highways Academy Accreditation Service (NHAAS)
  • A national register recognising a specialist sector
  • Demonstrative of a united approach to refresher training across the entire industry
  • Course content led by industry needs
  • Supportive of Employers legislative compliance.
  • Mitigates the effects of skills-fade
How long does the training take?

The SAP training has a duration of eighteen months.

This period consists of three five days and one three day off-the-job training blocks spread over a twelve- thirteen month period,

The final six months period includes forklift truck training, Trainee portfolio finalisation and an on-site live assessment.

Where is the training located?

Off the job training is delivered at the RSMA training centre located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Final end point assessments will be carried out on a live-site as identified by the candidates employer.

What are the costs?

For CITB In-Scope organisations, £2,145 (+VAT) per Trainee.

For organisations not In-Scope, £6,145.00 (+VAT) per Trainee.

CITB eligibility and grant funding are subject to CITB Terms and Conditions.

What grants are available?

CITB In-Scope organisations that submit a CITB levy return may be eligible for Short Duration grants for  some industry specific SAP modules, including an achievement grant for the Level 2 Diploma.

Organisations who are interested in registering with CITB are advised to contact us at the RSMA as we are able to establish direct contact with the local CITB Manager who is able to advise and support the organisation  during the application process.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Local Authority for information about regional Learning Development Grants.

What is the enrolment process?

We will discuss individual requirements and forward an information pack.

The RSMA schedules 4 new learner intakes in any one calendar year.

Places per intake are limited. Intake is therefore on a first come first served basis.

How are trainees supported by their employer?

The SAP is based on ‘On Site Assessment and Training’ (OSAT), which is designed to allow a Trainee to gain skills and competence during their normal working day. It is therefore essential that employers present  opportunities for the Trainee to develop their skills and that they are encouraged to take ownership of the qualification and its completion.

Following each training block at the RSMA, trainees are set achievement goals, aimed at reflecting the key learning outcomes.

How will trainees be supported by the tutor?

During formal off-the-job training with the RSMA, tutors will provide comprehensive support to each trainee. This will involve classroom and practical exercises designed to foster teamwork and creativity.

Throughout the programme tutors are available during office hours for remote support, advice and guidance. Tutors can be contacted via any of the following; social media, email and phone.

Trainees employed by CITB In-Scope organisations will also be supported by NSAC SAP Officers (formally known as CITB Apprentice Officers).

How will a trainee evidence their work?

Every Trainee will be given a logbook and receive access to their own on-line, cloud based portfolio.

Where a Trainee is unable to access their on-line portfolio, evidence can either be sent to the tutor or retained in the logbook and uploaded by the Trainee during their next training session at the RSMA.

What qualifications will a trainee receive?

Upon completion of the SAP, each Trainee will receive certificates for:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Pavement Marking: Manual Operations;
  • IOSH Working Safely;
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW);
  • RTITB or ITSSAR Counterbalance Fork Lift Truck;
  • Lantra Temporary Traffic Management Basic Course (TTMBC);
  • Lantra 12d-T1, Mobile and Short Duration Works on Rural and Urban Roads;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Safe vehicle manoeuvring (Banksman).

In addition to certification the core of the SAP learning programme will focus on:

  • Industry regulations;
  • Road Marking measurements and standards;
  • ADR Exemptions relating to Road Marking activities;
  • Equipment and vehicle inspections;
  • Safe operation of road marking equipment;
  • Setting out techniques;
  • Thermoplastic hand applied techniques;
  • Pedestrian applicator (Pram);
  • Hand held road marking removal techniques.

For Employers who are CITB In-Scope, Trainees will also receive the CITB NSAC Employment Rights and Responsibilities (EER) briefing and certificate during their induction.

NVQ Questions

What is an NVQ?

A National Vocational Qualification is a work based qualification which recognises the skills, knowledge and competency a person needs to do a job. Each registered candidate is required to demonstrate their competency in their chosen role or career.

Which NVQ’S does the NHA deliver?

NVQ Level 2 Diploma

Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services qualifications available:

  • Roadbuilding - High Friction Surfacing -Manual
  • Roadbuilding - High Friction Surfacing - Machine
  • Roadbuilding - Pavement Marking - Manual permanent
  • Roadbuilding - Pavement Marking - Machine
  • Roadbuilding - Pavement Marking - Studs

NVQ Level 3 Diploma

  • Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

NVQ Level 6 Diploma

  • Construction Site Management – Highways Maintenance & Repair
What is the registration criteria?

NVQ Level 2

A candidate is required to comply with the following:

  • Minimum of 2 years on the job training
  • Sufficiently experienced to accepted industry safe practices, in desire qualification

NVQ Level 3

A Candidate is required to comply with the following:

  • Computer literate with regular access to a computer and an internet connection;
  • Six months experience as a supervisor;
  • Understand how to upload and demonstrate supporting evidence.

NVQ Level 6

A candidate is required to comply with the following:

  • Experienced in site management
  • Work within a construction site management environment
  • Aged 19 years or above
How long will it take?

A minimum number of learning hours are recommended for each level of  NVQ as follows:

  • NVQ Level 2 - minimum 283 learning hours;
  • NVQ Level 3 -  minimum 224 learning hours;
  • NVQ Level 6 -  minimum 447 learning hours.

All NVQ’s must be completed within 3 years of registration.

If completion is not achieved within this timeframe, the candidate will be automatically removed from registration by the awarding body and a re-registration fee will apply.

What is the process?

Candidates are registered for their relevant NVQ and an E-portfolio is created. The E-portfolio is created through Skills File, which is the electronic system where all evidence is logged and assessed.

NVQ Level 2 – assessor lead qualification

An information pack is issued to each candidate, which includes:

  • Instructions on how to log onto their E-portfolio in Skills-File;
  • Instructions on how to upload evidence;
  • Contact details for their assigned NVQ Assessor.

Within 3 months of registration, an onsite assessment and Professional Discussion is scheduled at a location and date suitable to the candidate.

The NHA Assessor then finalises the E- portfolio for verification and certification is requested.

NVQ Level 3 – self paced qualification

  • 2 days support from qualified assessor
  • First support day is an on-site E-portfolio Skills-File induction between NHA Assessor and Candidate, where assessment units are selected and candidates are shown how to upload evidence
  • Second visit scheduled for a recorded Professional Discussion, and further support if required.

On completion of all modules, the Assessor finalises the E-portfolio for verification and certification requested.

NVQ Level 6 – self paced qualification

  • 3 days support from qualified assessor
  • First support day is an on-site E-portfolio Skills-File induction, between NHA Assessor and candidate, where assessment units are selected and instruction is provided on how to upload evidence;
  • Two further days allocated for assessment and any further support required.

On completion of all modules, the Assessor finalises the portfolio for verification and certification requested.

How is evidence collected and collated for the E portfolio?

All evidence is uploaded to the candidate’s individual electronic portfolio on Skills-File.

What are the fees?

NVQ Level

Registration fee

Assessment fee*

Total*

2

£135 + VAT

£1125 + VAT

£1260 + VAT

3

£135 + VAT

£1350 + VAT

£1485 + VAT

6

£135 + VAT

£1650 + VAT

£1785 + VAT

*Assessor travel and subsistence is additional and charged following a site visit.

What funding is available?

In scope (CITB) organisations may be eligible to apply for an Achievement Grant for each different level NVQ; subject to CITB’s terms and conditions.

Caroline Hinchcliffe

Why is the road marking industry the target of this competition when the problem is partly due to underlying issues with the road surface? Will a similar competition also be run in the future with the surfacing industry?

We are aware that the condition of the road surface can be a contributing factor to the issues we see affecting the road markings.  This competition, which is aimed at finding the most relevant marking materials and removal methods for the different types of road surface on our network is the first stage in the Highways England strategy to address the effects of removing road markings from our network.  It is quite possible that the surfacing industry and the road surfaces will be addressed in new strategies moving forward.