12AB General Operative Training/Assessment

At a Glance

Assessment Type:
Training Only
Delivery Method:
1 day
Recognised by:
Highways England, Transport Scotland, Welsh Assembly and Transport NI on their motorways and high speed dual carriageways road networks
Course Prerequisites:

If you are new to the industry or do not hold other current NHSS 12ABCD Temporary Traffic  Management skills registration cards/certificates (excluding 12D M7) you will need to undertake the Temporary Traffic Management Basic Course (TTMBC). 

You will be required to gain 3 months ‘on the job’ experience prior to attending the 12A/B General Operative course.

NHSS 12AB General Operative

The finer details

This course will cover:

  • Quality Assurance and National Highway Sector Schemes
  • BS EN ISO 9001
  • National Highway Sector Scheme 12.

Health and Safety at Work:

  • Employer and Employee responsibilities
  • Health and Safety at Work Act (HSE)
  • Risk Assessments & Method Statements – What are they, why have them.
Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual: 
  • Types of works, definitions, safety zones
  • Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions – What is it, how does it relate to the TTM industry.


  • Publications relative to the temporary traffic management industry.

Traffic Management Operations:

  • Signing and coning requirements – Setting out closures, road markings, marker posts
  • Temporary Traffic Management vehicle requirements – Different types of vehicles.
  • Checking and loading vehicles – How vehicles should be loaded for easy unloading, who is responsible for the vehicle and it’ load, Gross vehicle weights, Unladen weights.
  • Crossing the carriageway on foot – Introduction to Health and Safety document CIS 53
  • Discussion on safe working methods for installation, maintenance, and removal of signs and cones – Does not give systems of work but looks at different issues to be considered when developing a safe system of work.
Who should attend?
All persons who will be required by their employer to work on motorways and or high-speed dual carriageways.
What will be covered?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Understand the principles of Quality Assurance
  • Be aware of the training and assessment process to become a registered Temporary Traffic Management Operative
  • Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and their responsibilities
  • Be aware of safe working practices
  • Be aware of reference documentation used within the Temporary Traffic Management industry
  • Be able to understand safe working methods that are used to install, maintain and remove temporary traffic management equipment
  • Be able to plan a Chapter 8 closure from a given datum.
Other areas of interest?

You can obtain full Operative status (TM card) by completing the 12A/B General Operative course and a set of on and off-site assessments as prescribed in the Sector Scheme document.

The assessments must be completed within a two year period starting from the date of the 1st assessment.

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