Construction & Utility Courses

EUSR Excavation Safety Training Courses

We offer five categories of EUSR Utility Excavation training courses, that was developed in collaboration with employers and stakeholders.  They come from across the energy and utility sector, with years of knowledge in each category.

Each category is mapped against National occupational standards. All our courses are delivered by tutors who have amassed years of experience and knowledge working within the Construction, Utility and Civil Engineering Sectors.

Each of our excavation training courses consists of theory and practical sessions, with all delegates getting a hands on approach in the practical use of all the equipment they are being trained on. This ensures that you will finish each course knowing that you have the knowledge to go about your work confidently.

  • Each course is delivered through theory and practical sessions
  • Clients can book any combination of categories that suit them
  • All courses are accredited under Energy Utilities Skills
  • Each individual categories are delivered in one day and over 7 hours
  • CITB Grants Scheme available
Excavation Training Courses

EUSR Category 1 – Locate Utility Services (CAT & Genny)

This CAT and Genny training is a necessary course for people that need to understand how to locate underground services by following a robust Safe System of Work as set out in HSG47, before they start any excavation work, and how to avoid contact with overhead power lines by following GS6.

With this knowledge, you will be well equipped to safely detect utility services when needed.

What does the CAT and Genny training teach you?

This course will teach and equip you with the knowledge to be able to practically:

  • Carry out site marking using the necessary appropriate methods
  • Interpret utility plan drawings and identify symbols and coded information
  • Prepare and use location equipment to locate a range of underground services
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with underground services
  • Recognise why some services are more difficult to locate
  • How to adopt safe digging practices
  • Follow the relevant ACOPS HSG47 and GS6

How long does this course last?

This course lasts for around 7 hours, and it is delivered in one day.

Why should I take this CAT and Genny course?

All operatives, supervisors and managers that are commencing excavation work need to comply with HSE guidance 150, HSG47 (safe excavation) and GS6 (Avoid contact with Overhead Power Lines) and follow the advice contained in it.

This course follows this guidance and aims to outline the potential dangers of working near underground services.

It will also give advice on how to protect employees’ health and safety and any indirect risks that occur through damaging services.

Entry Requirements

As part of the general site requirement, we expect the delegate to wear gloves, safety footwear, high visibility jacket, safety helmet and waterproofs.

Is this course accredited?

This CAT and Genny course is accredited by EUSR or 3B Training.

How is this CAT and Genny delivered?

This course is delivered as a public classroom course and in-house course.

The theory part is delivered in a classroom, while the practical part is delivered outside in a location containing underground services.

Public Classroom Courses

These courses are available to book in our training venues across the UK.

All our public courses are 3B Training accredited, and you will get a digital certificate upon successfully passing the course.

Speak to a member of our sales team to enquire about this course or book the next available CAT and Genny courses on our site.

In-house Courses

This course can be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can choose to attend the course at a venue of your choosing or in one of our training centres.

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.

Our CAT & Genny in-house courses can be accredited by 3B Training or EUSR. You will gain the same knowledge from both courses, regardless of which course you take.

Both courses aim to provide you with the knowledge to go about your role confidently and allows you to avoid any dangerous underground and overhead services.

How long does the CAT and Genny certificate last?

If you take the EUSR course and meet the required pass mark, you will get a digital or physical card. The digital card is included as standard, and the physical card can be added as an extra cost.

Alternatively, if you choose to take the 3B Training course and meet the required pass mark, you will get your digital certificate in around 6 – 8 weeks.

The course accreditation expires after 3 years from the date you passed the course.

EUSR Category 2 – Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices

What does the safe excavation training teach you?

This training covers the essentials that is required for those working to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches, using both hand tools and handheld power tools.

With this knowledge, you will be well equipped to excavate ground safely, to ease subsequent access or work on underground services.

By the end of this training, you should show that you are able to:

  • Interpret utility plan drawings
  • Identify symbols and coded information
  • Understand the process for adopting safe digging practices
  • How to hand dig trial holes
  • How to safely protect exposed underground services whilst excavating
  • Identify the dangers, hazards and risks associated with excavations, amongst others

How long is the safe excavation course?

This course lasts for around 7 hours and it is delivered in one day.

Why should I take this course?

All operatives, supervisors and managers that are commencing excavation work need to comply with relevant sections of HSE guidance 150, HSG47 (safe excavation) and GS6 (Avoid contact with Overhead Power Lines) and follow the advice contained in it.

This course follows this guidance and equips you with the knowledge of safely managing the work prior to and during an excavation, consistent with site requirements.

Entry Requirements

As part of the general site requirement, we expect the delegate to wear gloves, safety footwear, high visibility jacket, safety helmet and waterproofs.

Is the safe excavation accredited?

This course is accredited by EUSR.

How is this course delivered?

This course is delivered as a part classroom course and external practical course.

The theory part is delivered in a classroom, while the practical part is delivered outside.

In-house Courses

This course can be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can choose to attend the course at a venue of your choosing or in our training centre.

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.

How long does safe excavation certificate last?

If you meet the required pass mark on this training, you will get a digital or physical card.

The digital card is included as standard, and the physical card can be added as an extra cost.

The course accreditation expires after 3 years from the date you passed the course.

EUSR Category 3 – Install, Inspect and Remove Timber Support Systems

What does the Timber Support Systems training teach you?

This training covers the essentials that is required for those working to install, inspect and remove timber excavation support systems.

With this knowledge, you will be well equipped to identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations.

By the end of this training, you should show that you are able to:

  • Safely excavate and install Timber shoring systems to a pre-set design
  • Backfill, reinstate, and strip out safely the timber shoring support systems
  • Understand the risks associated with excavating
  • Reasons why we support excavations using different methods including benching and battering
  • How to interpret standard designs
  • How to carry out excavation inspections
  • How to deal with change
  • Understand different soil structures
  • Comply with company procedures, health and safety regulations and environmental practices

How long is the course?

This course lasts for around 7 hours and it is delivered in one day.

Why should I take this course?

All operatives, supervisors and managers that are commencing excavation work need to comply with relevant sections of HSE guidance HSG47 and HSG150, CIRIA Trenching practice, amongst other relevant requirements, and follow the advice contained in them.

This course follows this guidance, and equips you with the practical knowledge needed for the role.

Entry Requirements

As part of the general site requirement, we expect the delegate to wear gloves, safety footwear, high visibility jacket, safety helmet and waterproofs.

Is the Timber Support Systems training accredited?

This course is accredited by EUSR.

How is this course delivered?

This course is delivered as a part classroom course and external practical course.

The theory part is delivered in a classroom, while the practical part is delivered outside.

In-house Courses

This course can be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can choose to attend the course at a venue of your choosing or in our training centre.

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.

How long does the Timber Support Systems certificate last?

If you meet the required pass mark on this training, you will get a digital or physical card.

The digital card is included as standard, and the physical card can be added as an extra cost.

The course accreditation expires after 3 years from the date you passed the course.

EUSR Category 4 – Install, Inspect and Remove Steel Support Systems

What does this excavation work training teach you?

This training covers the essentials that is required for those working to install, inspect and remove steel excavation support systems.

With this knowledge, you will be well equipped to identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations.

By the end of this training, you should show that you are able to:

  • Safely excavate and install Steel shoring systems to a pre-set design
  • Backfill, reinstate, and strip out safely the Steel shoring support systems
  • Understand the risks associated with excavating
  • Reasons why we support excavations using different methods including benching and battering
  • How to interpret standard designs
  • How to carry out excavation inspections
  • How to deal with change
  • Understand different soil structures
  • Use and communicate data effectively and resolve problems

How long is the course?

This course lasts for around 7 hours and it is delivered in one day.

Why should I take this course?

All operatives, supervisors and managers that are commencing excavation work need to comply with relevant sections of HSE guidance HSG47 and HSG150, CIRIA Trenching practice, amongst other relevant requirements, and follow the advice contained in them.

This course follows this guidance, and equips you with the practical knowledge needed for the role.

Entry Requirements

As part of the general site requirement, we expect the delegate to wear gloves, safety footwear, high visibility jacket, safety helmet and waterproofs.

Is this Steel Support Systems training accredited?

This course is accredited by EUSR.

How is this course delivered?

This course is delivered as a part classroom course and external practical course.

The theory part is delivered in a classroom, while the practical part is delivered outside.

In-house Courses

This course can be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can choose to attend the course at a venue of your choosing or in our training centre.

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.

How long does the Steel Support Systems certificate last?

If you meet the required pass mark on this training, you will get a digital or physical card.

The digital card is included as standard, and the physical card can be added as an extra cost.

The course accreditation expires after 3 years from the date you passed the course.

EUSR Category 5 – Install, Inspect and Remove Proprietary Support System

What does this Proprietary Support System training teach you?

This training covers the essentials that is required for those working to install, inspect and remove proprietary excavation support systems.

With this knowledge, you will be well equipped to identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations.

By the end of this training, you should show that you are able to:

  • Safely excavate and install proprietary shoring systems to a pre-set design
  • Backfill, reinstate, and strip out safely the proprietary shoring support systems
  • Understand the risks associated with excavating
  • Reasons why we support excavations using different methods including benching and battering
  • How to interpret standard designs
  • How to carry out excavation inspections
  • How to deal with change
  • Understand different soil structures
  • Comply with company procedures, health and safety regulations and environmental practices

How long is the course?

This course lasts for around 7 hours and it is delivered in one day.

Why should I take this course?

All operatives, supervisors and managers that are commencing excavation work need to comply with relevant sections of HSE guidance HSG47 and HSG150, CIRIA Trenching practice, amongst other relevant requirements, and follow the advice contained in them.

This course follows this guidance, and equips you with the practical knowledge needed for the role.

Entry Requirements

As part of the general site requirement, we expect the delegate to wear gloves, safety footwear, high visibility jacket, safety helmet and waterproofs.

Is this Proprietary Support System training accredited?

This course is accredited by EUSR.

How is this course delivered?

This course is delivered as a part classroom course and external practical course.

The theory part is delivered in a classroom, while the practical part is delivered outside.

In-house Courses

This course can be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. You can choose to attend the course at a venue of your choosing or in our training centre.

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.

How long does the Proprietary Support System certificate last

If you meet the required pass mark on this training, you will get a digital or physical card.

The digital card is included as standard, and the physical card can be added as an extra cost.

The course accreditation expires after 3 years from the date you passed the course.

EUSR Categories Refreshers

Our refresher courses are shorter versions of the original courses, apart from Category 1 (CAT & Genny) and Category 2. Categories 3,4 and 5 has to be refreshed before the expiry date of the original certificate.

Category 1 and 2 have no refresher course set up, so delegates will need to retake the course again upon expiry of their certificate (every 3 years).

Categories 3,4 and 5 have a refresher course that is a 1 day refresher for only one, any two or all three categories together upon expiry of their certificate (every 3 years).

Categories 3,4 and 5 refresher is a condensed version of each categories, and covers industry updates, amended guidance notes, amongst other relevant topics.

All courses in categories 3, 4 and 5 include a theory and practical session.

This includes a classroom and a live dig excavation including the installation of timber, steel and/or proprietary systems (aluminum walers with steel/timber sheets/single and double acting frames/trench/manhole boxes), followed by the safe extraction and reinstatement of the excavations. All these are done to a specific temporary works design.

Fill the enquiry form, or speak to a member of our sales team if you need more information about any of the refreshers.

CITB Grants Scheme

Companies that are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass the course, as part of the CITB grants scheme.

You must include your company name and CITB levy number on the delegates form, for the grant to be claimed. This form is to be completed before or on the first day of the course.

Speak to a member of our team to find out how much you can claim, as this depends on the combination of EUSR courses taken.

FAQs

Is it mandatory to do Category 1 and 2 together?

We strongly recommend that you complete both training courses for anyone undertaking excavation work. This helps to avoid a reliance on the accuracy of any location and marking activity done by others.

Are we going to do any actual digging?

Yes, these courses include a live dig practical session where delegates will install steel, timber and proprietary shoring solutions.

Who are these courses aimed at?

These courses are aimed at everyone who is involved with excavations, from operatives through to managers and designers, and from novices to experienced workers.

Do we install shoring equipment to a design?

Yes, all shoring support systems are installed to an approved temporary works design.

How many people can attend at once?

This course can facilitate up to 8 people

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