Construction & Utility Courses

CAT and Genny / Cable Avoidance

CAT & Genny is a health and safety training course designed to give operatives and supervisors greater knowledge of how to safely conduct cable avoidance operations to detect underground services.

How long is the CAT & Genny course?
The course contains around four/five hours of theory and practical training.

Who should attend the course?
Supervisors and Operators who use cable avoidance tools and signals generators in their work.

Is the CAT & Genny course accredited?
Yes, this course is 3B Training accredited.

When does my certificate expire?
The certificate is valid for three years. Delegates will need to resist the course to renew their certificate.

CAT & Genny

Delivery Options

This course is delivered in the classroom with practical elements that are delivered outside on the ground containing underground services.

Public Classroom Courses

CAT and Genny / Cable Avoidance public course dates are available in our training venues across the country. The course can be delivered to groups of up to 8 delegates.

Individuals and companies can book spaces on the range of CAT & Genny courses we have available either over the phone or online via our website. View our upcoming public course dates here.

In-house Courses

CAT & Genny training can also be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can attend the training at one of our training venues or the course can be delivered at a venue of your choosing. The site will need to have the relevant requirements to be able to deliver the practical elements of the training. 3B Training can provide the equipment or we can train the delegates on the equipment you provide. We provide all of our quotes on a case by case basis depending on location, equipment and delegate numbers. To enquire simply fill in our in-house enquiry form on this page.

Entry Requirements

Delegates must bring PPE (as required by your company’s safety policy). 3B Training requires the delegate to wear:

  • Safety Footwear
  • High Visibility Jacket
  • Safety Helmet
  • We also suggest they wear waterproofs

Course Content

What is covered in the CAT & Genny course?

The tutor splits the course up into a practical and theory session. The tutor will deliver the theory element in a classroom in which they will cover a range of PowerPoints, case studies and assignments.

Delegates will have to demonstrate their ability to locate underground services in the practical element of the course. They will have to locate various types of buried services and follow industry best practice. Delegates will also have to show knowledge of current legislation and their ability to follow street plans and observation evidence.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the delegate will be able to:

  • Work in line with guidance from HSG 47 for avoiding danger from underground services.
  • Safely use of a cable detector/pipe detector.
  • Identify and read gas/electricity/water/telecom service plans.
  • Identify damaged and undamaged underground services using ground-penetrating radar.
  • Understand utility services (guidelines).
  • Locate services using cable avoidance tools.
  • Complete plans showing the services you have detected.
  • Show knowledge of the required PPE.

What is Required to Pass the CAT & Genny course?

Throughout the course, delegates must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of what they have learned. At the end of the course, delegates must complete a 20-questions multiple-choice assessment.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim £70 or each delegate who attends the course. To claim the grant, they must include their CITB levy number and company name on the delegate information form. This needs to be completed at least on the first day of the course if not before.

Further Development

3B Training will issue the delegates with a certificate on completion of the course. Other utility courses that relate to the qualification include EUSR SHEA Gas Training and NRSWA. The NVQ Level 2 in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services is also a great entry qualification for those in a street works role.


Next Available Courses

  • Wigan - 02 Oct 2020

    £150.00 + VAT 3 PLACES LEFT!

  • Watford - 05 Oct 2020

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  • Tamworth - 08 Oct 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Liverpool - 21 Oct 2020

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  • Portsmouth - 03 Nov 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Wigan - 05 Nov 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Liverpool - 19 Nov 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Liverpool - 01 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Watford - 01 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Portsmouth - 02 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Wigan - 03 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Manchester - 11 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

  • Doncaster - 14 Dec 2020

    £150.00 + VAT

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