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Cable Avoidance - CAT and Genny Training

Locating underground services, such as electricity and gas, during excavation work is not only essential to the health and safety of operatives working on an excavation, it is also vital to prevent costly disruptions during construction and civil engineering projects.

As a result, it is important that those working on the roads, no matter if they are an Operative or a Supervisor, are fully trained in using a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) along with a signal generator (Genny). These two pieces of equipment work together to actively locate signals being omitted from pipes or cables that are hidden underground.

CAT & Genny Course Detail

Non-Accredited CAT & Genny courses

A non-accredited CAT and Genny training course is typically run as a half day course. These courses are available throughout the UK at a range of locations.

Course content includes:

  • Relevant health and safety legislation pertaining to CAT and Genny training
  • Understanding site plans and hazard avoidance
  • Safe systems of work and digging practices
  • Pre-use tests, maintenance, and correct operational techniques for equipment
  • Ensuring CAT and Genny compatibility
  • Practical use of CAT and Genny tools in designated areas

Candidates will usually be required to pass a multiple-choice test and practical assessment using a CAT and Genny.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will typically be provided with a certificate of CAT and Genny training and ID card which is valid for three years. Please note that any certification awarded will be accredited by the training provider themselves and will not be accredited by the City & Guilds.

Accredited options

If candidates require a City & Guilds Accredited CAT and Genny qualification, they will need to attend a ‘Location and Avoidance of Underground Services’ training course, which is also known as Unit 1 of the New Roads and Street Works course.

This gives operatives an understanding of the dangers posed working with underground services, and how to avoid and prevent them. Courses are delivered in an approved City & Guilds centre and aimed at those working in construction or associated industries.

For more information and to view available dates/locations, please go to our NRSWA courses page. 

Another accredited option is the EUSR skills base training course, which is targetted at the energy and utilitiies sector.

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