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Cable Avoidance (CAT & Genny) Training


Cables are hazardous yet easy to catch by an untrained operative. When this happens, damage to wires is called a cable strike, often due to excavators, hand-held tools and digging equipment. Operators must switch power off when cable strikes happen and evacuate the site to assess the damage and risk. But this scenario can be avoided using cable avoidance tools that identify the location of buried cables and pipes before excavation, reducing the risk of injury to personnel and damage to utilities.

This Citrus Cable Avoidance (CAT & Genny) Training delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to safely carry out cable avoidance work.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises, videos, and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and awareness of utility services and participate in practical activities to learn best practices and operating methods to detect cables for excavation preparation.

Cable Avoidance is often referred to as CAT & Genny training, our training follows National Occupational Standards. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and short answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the Citrus accredited certificate and ID card, valid for three years.

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to detect cables safely and correctly. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes: 

  • Basic principles in locating and avoiding underground services 
  • Identifying hazards and the risks they pose
  • Reading and interpreting site plans 
  • Practical use of equipment including the CAT 4
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will confidently:

  • Identify potential risks to themselves and others
  • Read and understand site plans for effective preparatory work
  • Operate cable avoidance tools to avoid or locate underground apparatus

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive their Citrus accredited certificate and ID card, valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

This Safe Use of Cable Avoidance (Cat & Genny) Location Equipment   certification is for Operatives and Supervisors needing to locate underground apparatus for work on the roadways, highways and other sites.

Course Duration

This half-day comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly detect underground apparatus.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

Citrus Training serves 85 of the top 100 building services companies in the market. With nearly 20-years of sector-specific experience, we’ve gained invaluable training experiences and knowledge to pass on to our delegates.

Our Tools and Equipment training is accredited, regulated, and has exceptionally high standards. Assessing short and long-term workplace risks, we teach and promote current industry and legislative requirements to ensure delegates take them forward into their daily working lives.

Our trainers deliver courses at our nationwide, industry-leading and accredited training centres and offering the very best education standards and quality assurance.  

Things You Need to Know

This Citrus certified course has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication which may create difficulties.

For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a  power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

Yes - you need to make sure your premises have a 240v power supply, that your classroom is big enough and that the practical area has been risk-assessed and suitable before any training takes place.

This Citrus training is a half-day course.

No. Once your ticket expires, you will need to complete the course again.

This is a Citrus in-house course. If you need the accredited course, please see our CABWI accredited Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus course.

Yes, however, generally, the principles are the same for each model.

A CITB grant is available for companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Enquire to learn more about funding options.

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