There is a requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for people using cable locating devices to be adequately trained. This half day course is designed to provide attendees with a basic understanding of the need to avoid underground apparatus.  The course will give an insight to the theory and practical use of cable avoid tools (CAT) and will include how to use the Genny signal transmitter and develop safe digging practices.

Who should attend the course?
The course has been developed for site managers, supervisors, engineers or anyone else tasked with locating underground cables.

Course Aims
To instruct attendees on the correct use and limitations of cable avoidance tools and accessories in order that excavation works can be carried out in a safe manner.

Training Methods
The course will include tutorials and a practical exercise / assessment.


Legislation relating to the use of abrasive wheels.
The standard marking of abrasive wheels.
The safe storage and handling of abrasive wheels.
Personal protective equipment to be worn during use of portable hand held machines.
The inspection and maintenance of the equipment.

Use of the Cable Avoid Tool and accessories.

All persons attending the course will be required to take part in the practical exercise and pass a test paper prior to completing the course.

CITB-ConstructionSkills Grants
If you are in-scope and registered with CITB-ConstructionSkills you may be able to claim a grant to offset the cost please see the CITB website for full details