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CAT & Genny: Cable Avoidance Tool & Signal Generator Course

In the construction sector, there is a wide range of tools and equipment which operators must have adequate training for in order to use effectively. Among these vital tools, CAT & Genny stands out as essential equipment for anyone involved in underground works.

In this guide, we’ll be exploring 3B’s CAT & Genny Training, taking a look at what it involves and who would most benefit from the course. Let’s dive in!

What is CAT and Genny?

CAT and Genny consists of two separate tools, Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) and Signal Generator (Genny). The Cable Avoidance Tool is used to locate underground cables and pipes; while the Signal Generator tool emits a specific signal that is detected by the CAT.

Why Every Construction Professional Needs CAT & Genny Training

Imagine digging into the ground and accidentally striking an underground cable. The implications can be grave, not only for the individual involved but also for the surrounding environment and infrastructure.

This highlights the immense significance of being able to accurately detect and identify the location of underground cables.

The primary audience for this invaluable training includes operatives and supervisors whose roles involve locating these concealed threats during street works or excavation projects. By integrating the CAT & Genny training into their skillset, operatives ensure an enhanced safety buffer against the dangers of inadvertent cable strikes, reducing potential injuries and associated costs.

Benefits of CAT & Genny Training with 3B Training

Navigating the underground maze of cables and services doesn’t have to be a game of chance. With the CAT & Genny training from 3B Training, participants are armed with the following advantages:

Enhanced Safety

By honing skills in cable detection, delegates can significantly mitigate the risks of cable strikes, ensuring not only their safety but also the safety of their teammates and the surrounding infrastructure.

Expertise in Locating Services

Through hands-on training and real-world scenarios, delegates master the skill of locating underground services and transforming potential hazards into mapped out territories.

Time-Efficient Learning

The comprehensive training is efficiently packed into a one-day course. Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a certification that remains valid for three years, a testament to their expertise in cable avoidance.

CITB Grant Claimable

The cherry on top? Companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) can stake a claim for a grant for each delegate who successfully completes the course. This not only underscores the course’s industry relevance but also offers tangible financial benefits.

Delving Deep: What’s Covered in the Cat & Genny Course?

The realm of underground services is vast and intricate, with a web of cables and pipes crisscrossing beneath our feet.

The CAT & Genny course delivers an enriching learning experience that combines both theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills. At its core, the course is designed to:

  • Offer a holistic mix of practical and theory sessions. This ensures that attendees not only grasp the concepts but also know how to apply them in real-world scenarios.
  • Foster interactive classroom discussions with case studies that delve into past incidents, drawing lessons from them. Group interactions further stimulate learning, encouraging participants to share experiences and insights.
  • Place a strong emphasis on practical demonstrations. Attendees are guided on how to proficiently locate a variety of buried services, ensuring they are well-equipped to handle diverse scenarios in the field. In tandem with this, there’s a continuous reinforcement of adhering to industry best practices.
  • Highlight the significance of understanding and interpreting street plans. These plans serve as critical blueprints, offering clues about the potential underground maze of services.

Cat & Genny Course Objectives

We designed the CAT & Genny training program to ensure participants emerge as experts in cable and pipe detection:

  • Strict alignment with the guidance from HSG47. This serves as the industry’s gold standard, ensuring that delegates are trained in line with the best and safest practices for avoiding dangers from underground services.
  • Achieving proficiency in using both cable and pipe detectors. These tools are indispensable for anyone involved in excavation or street works, and mastering them is crucial.
  • Equipping delegates with the skills to interpret service plans for various utilities such as gas, electricity, water, and telecom. These plans often hold the key to safe excavation.
  • Ensuring mastery in using cable avoidance tools, making sure professionals can seamlessly navigate the complex web of underground services.
  • Training attendees in drafting plans that indicate detected services. Such documentation is pivotal for any construction or excavation project, ensuring everyone on the team is on the same page.
  • Cultivating an unwavering awareness of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This underscores the course’s commitment to safety above all else.

Passing the CAT & Genny Course

Success in the CAT & Genny course isn’t just about attending; it’s about understanding, and applying. To ensure delegates truly grasp the teachings there’s a continuous assessment of their understanding and knowledge throughout the course. This constant evaluation ensures that any gaps in learning are identified and addressed promptly. 

At the end of the course, delegates must sit a multiple-choice assessment. This test is designed to evaluate the attendees’ grasp of both theoretical concepts and practical applications, ensuring they’re truly ready to take on the challenges of the field with their new-found expertise in CAT & Genny.

Entry Requirements and Prerequisites

Ensuring safety and effective communication is at the forefront of the CAT & Genny course. To ensure smooth participation and maximised learning, delegates must have:

Understanding of the English Language

Given the technical nature of the course, it’s imperative for participants to understand and communicate effectively in English. This ensures that you fully comprehend all instructions, discussions, and safety guidelines.

Mandatory Safety Attire

Safety is paramount. We require participants wear specific safety gear, including sturdy safety footwear to protect against any potential hazards. High-visibility jackets also ensure they’re always visible during practical sessions, and helmets offer protection from any unforeseen overhead risks.

Suggested Waterproof Clothing

Given the outdoor nature of the practical sessions, it’s advisable for attendees to come equipped with waterproof clothing. This ensures that rain or wet conditions don’t hinder the learning process.

Accreditation and Certification Details

At 3B, we understand that businesses and individuals have different preferences and requirements when it comes to construction training. That’s why we offer a range of options when it comes to booking our CAT & Genny course. 

If you’re looking to take CAT & Genny on its own, we offer our one day 3B accredited course. Alternatively, you have the option to take CAT & Genny as a section of other courses, including:

If you are unsure which accreditation option you need, please contact us and one of our friendly team members will assist you.

Once delegates successfully complete the course, they receive a certification valid for three years. Once their certificate has expired, they must renew it, ensuring that they are always updated with the latest in cable and pipe detection.

The advantage of the CITB Grant for eligible companies: Recognising the financial aspect of training, companies that are CITB registered can claim a grant for each delegate who successfully passes the course. This not only makes the training cost-effective but also emphasises the industry’s commitment to promoting safe and efficient practices through CAT & Genny training.

Elevating Construction Safety with 3B Training

We arm professionals with the knowledge and hands-on experience to conduct their work safely with the CAT & Genny course.

3B Training offers an unmatched learning experience in this domain. Our comprehensive approach, balancing theoretical insights with real-world applications, ensures that every delegate emerges more skilled and safety-conscious.

Book CAT and Genny Course Today

By enrolling in the CAT & Genny course with 3B Training, you’re not just learning; you’re investing in a safer tomorrow for yourself and those around you.

Ready to elevate your skills? Check out the course page here for detailed information and enrolment options.

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