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EUSR - Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices (Category 2)


Excavations take planning, care and attention, and must not be seen as merely a clearance job to get work started. They are not all created using the same tools, and as they vary in size, soil type and more, workers need to know which tools are most appropriate for their site. Hand tools and handheld power tools are as essential as giant diggers to ensure digging is done correctly, to plan, and most critically, safely. 

The Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR) is the online register of training and skills for the energy and utility sector. In partnership with CSCS, the EUSR sets out to nurture and maintain a skilled and sustainable workforce in our industry.

This EUSR Excavating Practices (Category 2) certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches using both hand tools and handheld power tools.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and awareness of digging techniques and excavation and participate in practical activities to learn best practices, and operating methods to install a system in a live environment.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations.
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 EUSR accredited certificate and ID card which is valid for three years.

Course Programme

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

The course content includes:

  • Understand Legislation and guidance including Working at Height 2015, PUWER 1998, Confined Space regulations 1997
  • Operator responsibilities on an excavation project
  • Planning and preparing resources for an excavation
  • Carry out or interpret risk assessment and permits to work
  • Ground type identification
  • Appropriate PPE and why they need it
  • Carrying out an excavation in a live environment
  • Maintenance of an excavation
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

Confidently interpret utility drawings and line search documents to identify underground services
Promote and use safe digging techniques to carry out and maintain excavations
Identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations

On successful completion of the course, delegates receive their EUSR accredited certificate and ID card, valid for three years, and a theoretical learning certificate with a personal copy of excavation safety learner’s notes.

Who Should Attend?

This EUSR Excavating Practices Category 2 certification is for anyone managing or working in or around excavations needing to minimise the risk of collapse and when digging in the ground where services are present.

Course Duration

This one-day comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly manage digging and excavation risk on-site.

Group sessions or one-to-one training options are available, find out more here.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, working tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. 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. 

Things You Need to Know

This EUSR certifed 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 in conducting elements of this training course. 

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.

There is no maximum depth, you will just repeat the process.

Cards are valid for three years from date of issue.

Yes there is a combined Category 1 & 2 course, for more details click here.

You can book a maximum of 8 delegates per course

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