Construction & Utility Courses

CAT & Genny Cable Avoidance Training Course

CAT & Genny is a health & safety training course designed to give operatives and supervisors knowledge of conducting cable avoidance operations to locate underground services. On the course, you will learn how to correctly operate the Cable Vaoidance Tool (CVAT) and the Signal Generator (Genny). The knowledge gained will allow you to avoid dangerous underground services in line with HSG 47 safely.

  • We deliver the course in one day.
  • You will complete this course in the classroom.
  • Become knowledgeable about locating underground services.
  • Practical elements included.
  • We can deliver this course in-house.
  • CITB Grant Claimable.
  • Valid for three years.
CAT & Genny Course

CAT & Genny 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 and cover various 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 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 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.

How long is the CAT & Genny course?

The course contains around four/five hours of theory and practical learning.

Why should I take this course?

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

CAT & Genny course entry requirements

3B Training requires the delegate to wear:

  • Safety footwear
  • High visibility jacket
  • Safety helmet
  • We also suggest they wear waterproofs

Is this course accredited?

Yes, this course is 3B Training accredited.

Where can I complete this course?

The theory aspect of this course is delivered in the classroom. The practical elements are delivered outside of the training venue, in a location containing underground services.

Public Classroom Courses

CAT & Genny / Cable Avoidance public course dates are available in our training venues across the country. Individuals and companies can book the CAT & Genny courses available either over the phone or online through 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 a venue of your choosing. The site will need to have an outdoor location where we can deliver the practical elements of the training. 3B Training can provide the equipment for the training or train the delegates on the equipment you provide. We quote all of our in-house courses on a case by case basis. The price will vary depending on location, equipment needed and delegate numbers. To enquire, fill in our in-house enquiry form on this page.

Further development

Upon completing the training, you will receive a certificate around 6-8 weeks after the course. The certificate is valid for three years. Delegates will need to resit the course to renew their certificate.

3B Training will issue the delegates with a certificate on completion of the course. Other qualifications for those who work in utilities include EUSR SHEA Gas Training and NRSWA. Those in a street work role may also benefit from completing the NVQ Level 2 in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services as an entry qualification.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, CITB registered companies can claim £70 for each delegate who attends the course. They must provide their CITB Levy Number and company name on their delegate information form to claim the grant. They must complete the form before the first day of the course.


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    Wigan - 10 Nov 2021

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    Dudley - 16 Feb 2022

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    Dudley - 13 Jun 2022

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    Dudley - 03 Aug 2022

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    Doncaster - 08 Sep 2022

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    Dudley - 31 Oct 2022

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    Dudley - 01 Dec 2022

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