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Location of Underground Services

Duration of training
The course lasts for 2 days

Minimum and maximum class numbers
Classes can vary up to 8 learners.

QQI certificate & SOLAS CSCS Ticket

Required Prior Learning
Previous experience using CAT & Genny required

Duration of certificate
The ticket lasts for 5 years.

Training is generally requested at the client’s premises but learners can also avail of the Safety Solutions Training facility if preferred.

Course description & General Information


Participants be able to –

  • State the required legislation applicable to the location of underground services.
  • Identify the hazards associated with underground services.
  • Use the relevant information, cable location devices and carry out or supervise the carrying out of safe excavation.
  • State precautions to be taken for the protection of site personnel and members of the public.
  • Complete risk assessment prior to the commencement of works.



Day 1

  • Introduction to legislation
  • Hazards of different services
  • Safe working procedure
  • CAT Modes – Power, Radio, Genny
  • Use of CAT – Searching, Pinpointing, Tracing
  • Use of Genny – Induction, Direct Connection,  Clamping
  • Lost signals, Nulling out, Depth finding,
  • Practical Exercise


Day 2

  • Safe operation of plant Soil Pick
  • Safety in excavations
  • Safe backfilling
  • Requirement for Signing, Lighting & Guarding card
  • Requirement for Health & Safety at Roadworks card
  • Practical test and trial hole
  • Multiple choice assessment and close down


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