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CAT and Genny Training

The CAT and Genny training course provides operatives and supervisors the knowledge and skills they need to carry out cable avoidance work safely.

It is designed for anyone in charge of locating and identifying underground cables when undergoing street works.

On this course, you will learn how to correctly operate the Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) and the Signal Generator (Genny).

All in all, the knowledge gained will allow you to avoid danger from underground services in line with HSG47.

Why Take this CAT and Genny Training?

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

Overall, this training promotes safe methods of work to keep you safe from cable strikes and reduce the risk of injury to yourself or others around you.

What Does the Cable Avoidance Training Involve?

This CAT and Genny training includes a theory session and practical training.

For the full information on what’s covered in this training, keep reading.

How is the CAT and Genny Course Delivered?

This course can be delivered in the following ways:

Public Classroom
3B Training Public Classroom

You can attend our CAT and Genny course in a classroom at one of our training venues across the country.

Individuals and companies can book the CAT and Genny courses available either over the phone or directly online through our website.

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

This CAT and Genny course is accredited by 3B Training. If you are interested in getting EUSR or CABWI accreditation, you can contact our friendly team and they will be happy to help.

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3B Training can deliver courses for a group of your employees in-house at your site or venue of your choice.

CAT and 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.

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.

For a quote, complete the in-house enquiry form on this page, and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

This CAT and Genny course is accredited by 3B Training. If you are interested in getting EUSR or CABWI accreditation, you can contact our friendly team and they will be happy to help.

Benefits of this CAT and Genny Training

  • Keeps workers safe from cable strikes
  • You will become knowledgeable about locating underground services
  • You complete the training in one day after successful completion, and your certificate is valid for three years
  • CITB Grant claimable
CAT and Genny Course Content

The trainer will split the course up into a practical and theory session. They will deliver the theory elements in a classroom through various teaching methods, including reviewing case studies and group discussion.

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 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 HSG47, for avoiding danger from underground services
  • Safely use a cable detector and pipe detector
  • Identify and read gas, electricity, water and telecom service plans
  • Understand utility services
  • 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 multiple-choice assessment.

Great course. Lots of information. The practical was very informative. Thanks very much
Kay Harrison


  • How long does the CAT and Genny Course Take?
    How long does the CAT and Genny Course Take?

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

  • What are the entry requirements for this CAT & Genny course?

    To enrol, you should be able to speak and understand English well. 3B Training requires the delegate to wear:

    • Safety footwear
    • High visibility jacket and safety helmet
    • We also suggest they wear waterproofs
  • Is the CAT and Genny Course Accredited?

    Yes, this CAT & Genny course is accredited by 3B Training. If successful, you will receive your digital certificate within 6 – 8 weeks.

    This CAT and Genny course can also be accredited by EUSR or CABWI. If you need more information, you can contact our friendly team and they will be happy to help.

  • Is this CAT and Genny Training CITB Grant Claimable?

    Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass this course.

    You can find the list of short courses and the grant amounts you can claim here: CITB Grant Value for Short Courses

  • How long does a CAT and Genny certificate last?

    The CAT and Genny certificate is valid for three years. Delegates will need to resit the course to renew their certificate.

  • What does a CAT and Genny detect?

    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.

Next Available Course Dates - CAT and Genny Training

Next Available Course Dates - CAT and Genny Training

  • Blackburn

    3B Training
    Unit 6
    Point 65 Business Centre,
    Greenbank Way,
    BB1 3EA

  • Derby

    23 Royal Scot Road
    DE24 8AJ

  • Doncaster

    Unit 1 Meadow View
    Durham Lane
    DN3 3DY

  • Leeds

    25 Bradford Road
    LS27 7HN

  • Leigh

    Unit 5
    English Street Business Park
    English Street
    WN7 3EH

  • Liverpool

    Partnership for Learning
    South Road
    L24 9PZ

  • London

    CIOB London Office
    9 Kingsway
    WC2B 6XF

  • Manchester

    The Forum
    Tameside Business Park
    Windmill Lane
    M34 3QS

  • Tamworth

    93C Lichfield Street
    B79 7QF

  • Wigan

    Stratus House
    Swan Lane
    Hindley Green
    WN2 4EY

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