Civil Engineering Operatives NQ

What is special about this course?

Developed in partnership with the Civil Engineering Contracting Association (CECA), this intensive short course aims to address the skills gap within the industry by developing a future pipeline of talent of Civil Engineering Operatives in Scotland. 

You will hit the ground running with this highly practical, hands-on course which will include site visits to establish industry links and prepare you for future employment. 

On successful completion of the programme you will gain an NPA qualification in construction operations.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you should have an interest and desire to work in the civil engineering industry. 

A level 4 qualification or previous work experience would be beneficial.

  • Workplace health safety and welfare 
  • Conform to productive work practices 
  • Set out secondary dimensional work controls: an introduction 
  • Install road drainage 
  • Lay kerbs and channels 
  • Excavate holes and trenches 
  • Reinstate ground conditions 
  • Form concrete structures 
  • Lay and finish concrete 
  • Work readiness 
  • Skills + Portfolio 


All personal protective equipment will be provided, including boots and waterproof clothing. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Classroom based theory will be taught face to face. At least 2 days a week will be spent doing practical activities outdoors. 


How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you've successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

  • Modern Apprenticeship Civil Engineering
  • NC Built Environment 
  • NC Civil Engineering

Or enter employment as a Civil Engineering Operative. 

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'The perfect partnership with industry. The course has been designed for, and by industry, for jobs that are in high demand. The rates of pay are exceptional with good working conditions.'

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