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EUSR - Install, Inspect & Remove Timber Support Systems (Category 3)


Sometimes known as shoring, an excavation support system (ESS) primary aim is to support the ground within an excavation, while at the same time resisting groundwater pressure, building loads, roadways, railroads, construction traffic and various other types of loads.

There are three main variations of the system, steel hydraulics, mechanical or timber, whose job it is to support the sides of an excavation to prevent cave-in and collapse, protecting anyone working on or around the excavation site. This course specifically looks at timber support systems.

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 Timber Support Systems Category 3 certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of timber ground retention systems and how to safely use them. It is specifically aimed at Managers, Supervisors, operators and safety advisors working in excavations. 

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and awareness of ground retention and timber support systems 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 how to install, inspect and remove timber support systems safely and correctly. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • Identify hazards associated with timber excavations and implement control measures
  • Identifying soil conditions and ground types
  • Interpret temporary work designs
  • Risk assessments to understand the suitability of the support system, stability of the excavation and ground conditions and structures
  • Recommendations for procedures and equipment following the risk assessment
  • Installing and removing the timber shoring system following the support system design and sequence
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Understand current legislation, policies and procedures associated with safety in excavations
  • Be able to safely install, remove and inspect timber shoring equipment and gain practical experience in doing so

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 Timber Support System Category 3 certification is for Managers, Supervisors and safety professionals and Operatives overseeing and working in and around excavations. It is essential to protect workers and those around them when installing or removing timber shoring systems. 

Course Duration

This one-day comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly install timber Support Systems. 

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

Delegates must complete the Appreciation of Excavation Safety before taking this course.

This Citrus 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

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.

Delegates must attend the Appreciation of Excavation Safety before attending.

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

Cards are valid for three years from date of issue.

You can book a maximum of 8 delegates per course.

Yes, you can combine this category course with 4 and/or 5.

Get in touch using the form above for more information on our combined courses and to book dates.

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