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Cable Avoidance Course (CAT & Genny)

Cable Avoidance Course (CAT & Genny)

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Cable Avoidance Training Course Description


Buried services signify a major hazard to Construction and Utility workers in the UK. Excavations which have been poorly planned and prepared for can cause cable or pipe damage leading to expensive repairs, project delays and most crucially, personal injury. The CAT, or Cable Avoidance Tool, is used to locate these services so that they can be avoided.

The CAT can detect signals naturally radiating from metallic services or in conjunction with a Genny that applies a distinctive signal that the CAT can detect.

The CAT can be used in 4 modes: Power (P), Radio (R), Avoidance (A) and Genny (G) and can detect most buried cables and conductors (though not all, such as plastic pipe which hasn’t had a Flexi-trace wire added).

Knowing how to use these tools correctly is imperative in their successful use. Ace Trainers offer a CAT and Genny training course which properly prepares candidates to use the equipment, providing them with the essential knowledge needed to safely and correctly operate them when tracing underground services.

The course is designed to meet the guidance from HSG 47 for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services , Puwer98 , Health and safety at work act 1974

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identification of Underground Services and Common Marking(s)
  • Legislation, Regulations and Best Practice with respect to Detecting and Tracing Underground Services
  • Reasons for using Cable Locators
  • Hazards arising from the use of Cable Avoidance Tools and Signal Generators and precautions which should be observed
  • Identification of types and limitations of Cable Avoidance Tools and Signal Generators
  • Implications of Damage, Handling and Transporting of Equipment
  • Inspecting, Calibration and Testing of Equipment
  • The methods of safe use of Pipe and Cable Location Equipment, along with basic locating techniques
  • Practical session where each candidate will be instructed and assessed on their ability and competence in using the CAT & Genny in the local area on various services


(4-6 Hours ) Novice & refresher course for up to 6 operators



Courses are offered at our training locations throughout the UK.


As low as £175 Per Person (ec VAT)

Cost will depend on the number of candidates. Please contact us for more information.


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