Road Surfacing Operative

Intermediate Level 2

Road Surfacing Operative

Intermediate Level 2

Important Information about this Course:

Intermediate Level 2

A Road Surfacing Operative (RSO) is critical to the country’s infrastructure. They are responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing, and improvement of public and privately owned highway network. RSOs cover all road types from motorways to residential streets. Operatives also work in a  range of environments and will spend the majority of time outside. They will work a variety of shift patterns in order to minimise disruption to the road user and travelling public.

RSOs will work as part of a team, between 8 and 14 people, directed by a foreman and/or supervisor. They will perform multiple roles including machine driver, machine operator, roller driver, rake hand, planer driver, and planer operator. Operator’s must also develop a safety-first attitude, learning how to carry out works without risk to themselves, the public, or the environment.

Employers of all sizes exist within the industry, from small enterprises to multi-national organisations involved in operations across countries and continents.

Core knowledge
  • The various road surfacing techniques including the application and use of primers, epoxy or thermoplastic resins, bituminous emulsions, and various types of aggregate including their limitations and characteristics.
  • How to work in accordance with the National Highway Sector Schemes, Industry Codes of Practice, the New Roads & Street Works Act and other guidance relevant to the occupation.
  • Responsibilities under relevant legislation including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment 1998 and Manual Handling Operations regulations 1992.
  • Risk assessments, method statements and other official guidance required in order to undertake work.
  • The structure of the highway, civil engineering methods including the principles of water drainage and construction technology.
  • Plant and machinery such as planers, floating screed pavers, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and large hydraulic breakers and their correct usage.
  • Powered units and tools such as disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws, compactor plates, self propelled rollers and hand tools and their correct usage.
  • Different road categories and types and construction materials appropriate to each together with relevant working methods.
  • Drawings, plans and specifications in order to identify what works are required.
  • Traffic management systems and how to work safely within them.
  • The principles of measurement and how to apply them.
Core skills
  • Lay and compact road surfaces using all forms of asphalt and ancillary products such as bond coat and bituminous jointing compounds, in accordance with relevant specifications and industry best practise.
  • Prepare and operate large specialist resurfacing plant and machinery such as  planers to remove the existing surfacefloating screed pavers laying asphalt, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and large hydraulic breakers.
  • Prepare and operate powered units and tools  such as disc cutters, breakers, floor-saws and compactor plates.
  • Carry out the excavation (planing) and reinstatement of the highway, install street ironworks.
  • Identify, locate and excavate around underground services to avoid strikes and loss of service.
  • Apply appropriate health, safety,  environmental and ecological procedures when working on the roads, including the movement, storage, lifting and handling of resources.
  • Plan, undertake and inspect work safely, efficiently and productively.
  • Read, interpret and work to drawings, specifications and highways information.
  • Work safely within temporary traffic management (utilising sterile safety zones, traffic lights, signage, cones and barriers) as required by legislation and industry standards to protect all parties whilst works are undertaken.
  • Communicate effectively using oral and written communication methods.
  • Work effectively within a team environment, cooperating and supporting team members when required.
  • Use own time effectively in order to consistently complete work on time to agreed programmes.
  • Promote a positive safety culture in the working environment.
  • Be polite and courteous when dealing with colleagues, clients and the public.
  • Apply equality, diversity and inclusion in dealing with others.
  • Show a willingness to be adaptable, adjusting to changing work instructions.
  • Display the confidence to resist pressures to work following unsafe practices.

The course will typically take 15 – 18 months to complete.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Individuals without Level 1 in English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the learner’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those for whom this is their primary language.

Upon completion, learners will be awarded with a Road Surfacing Operative Level 2 certificate.

Bolt On Courses

There are a number of bolt on courses available when undertaking this course. These are optional but taking them will give you extra qualifications and help towards your knowledge of the course. Have a look at the bolt on courses we offer.


Capital 4 Training are providers of good quality training and are excited to offer you the Road Surfacing Operative Level 2 qualification.


With this Level 2 qualification you can be sure that you’re going to get the quality training that you expect and deserve. Our dedicated teachers are here to help guide you through this course.


Upon completion, learners will be awarded with a Road Surfacing Operative Level 2 certificate.

This course may also be available as an online apprenticeship.

This course may also be available as an online apprenticeship.

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