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SQA News UK 18 February 2020

Revised Street Works qualifications

The Highway Authorities Utilities Committee (HAUC UK) has revised the Street Works qualifications, which has resulted in significant changes to assessment. These changes will come into effect on 2 March 2020.

HAUC UK, which now owns the Street Works qualifications, has also introduced a new Street Works Assessment Strategy document, which replaces both the Street Works Scheme document and the Street Works Reassessment Scheme document.

Changes to assessment

The knowledge assessment is changing to a 20-question multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes. All candidates — including those being reassessed — will be required to complete this test under exam conditions. To achieve a pass, candidates must answer at least 16 questions (80%) correctly.

From 2 March 2020, the knowledge assessment will be available as an online exam through SQA SOLAR — our online assessment platform. There will be a 12-month transition period, during which you have the option to use paper-based or online exams will be optional. The online exams will then become mandatory from 2 March 2021 onwards. 

There is no change to the practical assessment.

Other changes to be aware of

We have published a comparison document called High Level Comparison of The Street Works Assessment Strategy, which highlights the key changes to the assessment requirements outlined in the new assessment strategy.

What you need to do next

If you deliver Street Works qualifications, you must ensure that you read the following documents, which are available from our website:

You then need to review the revised units and familiarise yourself with the changes before you deliver them from 2 March 2020. We have published new unit specifications and assessment records for the revised Street Works qualifications. These are available from www.sqa.org.uk/streetworks

Assessment materials

We will publish questions and answers for the knowledge test on the SQA Secure website, with all other materials to follow. You will need a login and password to access these materials. We will contact SQA Street Works centres when the materials become available.

SQA’s responsibilities

As an awarding body, SQA is responsible for centre approvals and verification, and providing centres with access to the necessary documents and paperwork for delivering the qualifications.

As the owner of the Street Works qualifications, HAUC UK is responsible for setting the assessment standards and exam questions, providing the assessment recording documents and providing assessment support materials.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this information, please email construction@sqa.org.uk